The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued the latest ruling impacting the fate of the Commowealth’s new Voter ID law yesterday. In its opnion and order, it issued an injunction against the use of certain portions of it in November’s election. It did not, however, strike the entire law down.
The present issue comes down to the state’s efforts to implement the new law. More specifically, the focus of the opinion was the ability of people to access the new voter ID cards before the general election in about a month. Putting aside that most people in this Commonwealth carry a valid driver’s license, it seems somewhat laughable to suggest that people who are truly interested in voting for the right reasons don’t have enough time to get the identification they need. This law has been the subject of much debate over the course of the last 3-4 months and people were aware this may be required. Moreover, after forces that have opposed it have successfully tied it up in Court for some time, those who support it are told there isn’t enough time to get it implemened. Silly really.
It seems pretty reasonable to require people to demonstrate that they are who they say they are in order to vote. We have to prove that same thing in so many other walks of life. Why shouldn’t I, and every other person, have to produce ID to vote in order to make sure our respecitve votes are not diluted by someone else cheating?