Pennsylvanians Can Be Asked for Photo I.D. Before Voting, Judge Rules*

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney rubs his eye as he speaks during a rally at Valley Forge Military Academy and College September 28, 2012 in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Romney continued to campaign for his run for the White House in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.
Romney wipes away a tear after hearing the news. Photo: Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images

*But, voters don't have to actually show an I.D., and they can vote whether or not they have one. The ruling on the state's controversial new voter I.D. law — one of the most restrictive in the country — means that tens of thousands of citizens will not be disenfranchised next month for lacking a government-issued photo I.D. It also means that Mitt Romney has an even smaller shot at winning Pennsylvania than he did already.