By NBC's Cherrelle Nicholson
Just one day before the first debate between President Obama and Governor Romney, Judge Robert Simpson blocked Pennsylvania from implementing a controversial voter identification law. The law would have prevented individuals without a valid photo ID from voting in the upcoming 2012 elections. Proponents of the new law say it's necessary to stop voter fraud, but critics call it a calculated GOP effort to block Pennsylvania residents from exercising their right to vote.
Although the law has been blocked, it may still be appealed. Judge Simpson stated that “unless it's appealed back up to the Supreme Court, voters won't need to show photo ID in order to vote during this election, as long as they're registered. They will be able to cast provisional ballots.” Reactions to the ruling have been mixed, with some declaring the decision a victory while others calling it a complete bust. Check out this link to read a few reaction statements from politicians on both sides of the aisle. Then, sound off below in the comments section to tell us your thoughts.