The state of Pennsylvania doesn't think it is necessary for Pennsylvania's Supreme Court to rush into a hearing on the state's controversial voter ID law next month, writing in a filing on Tuesday that the hearing can wait until just a few weeks before the election.
Pennsylvania wrote in the court filing that scheduling arguments for the October 2012 term in Pittsburgh "is more realistic than attempting to schedule it for the September term in Philadelphia, which is less than three weeks away and which has alread been extended to include a full day of argument regarding the redistricting cases." The state suggested that the hearings be scheduled for the week of Oct. 15, just three weeks before the election.
ACLUPA's Vic Walczak told TPM that the state knows that October would be too late for anything to change before Election Day.
"Mid-October is too late and I'm sure the state realizes that. They would justifiably come in and say 'regardless of what you do, court, it's too late to change anything now'." Walczak said. "The closer you get to Election Day, the harder it is to make any changes."