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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Punt, pass and kick result in Harrisburg

  • A headline in Philadelphia may have said it best: "Supreme Court punts on voter-ID law."
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  • A headline in Philadelphia may have said it best: "Supreme Court punts on voter-ID law."
    On Tuesday of this week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court did just that — kicked the can down the road.
    The court heard arguments about the new voter law, a law which one state Republican leader said would help Mitt Romey win this state in the race for the presidency.
    That in itself should have been good enough for the court to say this law was political rather than some attempt to curb voter fraud that does not exist.
    But the court, ironically, used politics to kick the case back down to the Commonwealth Court, saying the judge that initially ruled the law constitutional must now decide if it should be put on hold.
    The new law requires state-approved voter identification to vote.
    Ironically in Wayne County, those who work for the county government cannot use their photo IDs to vote because there is no expiration date. That date is part of the new law.
    It also means a vast majority of college students in the state can't use their identifications because there is no expiration date.
    This whole mess smells of back room politics at its best. There is no doubt whatsoever this law was passed as "voter suppression." The evidence is indisputable.
    Yet here we are, less than 50 days from the presidential election, and it is still up in the air.
    How ironic is it that the Supreme Court has decided more "study" is needed. How much more study can we have on this very important issue? Don't we elect a Supreme Court to make decisions on pressing matters?
    It would seem very easy for the court to just say let's go back to the old way of doing things this time around and then we will study the matter. Making this a continuing issue with so much on the line is, well, pure politics.
    It's funny how some scream about advocacy courts on certain issues then fall silent on such a big issue like this where politics is playing out in front of the nation.
    This issue is nothing but an embarrassment for the state but that doesn't seem to matter to some people. It's hell or high water in the minds of some, who simply put politics ahead of everything — including the basic rights of the citizens.
    We've heard from a select few who say voter fraud runs rampant and needs to be stopped. Ironically, a couple of people we've heard from can only cite other states, not Pennsylvania. Even those arguing for the law in this state say they can't show any actual cases.
    Page 2 of 2 - That, however, doesn't seem to matter in the halls of the Supreme Court in Harrisburg. No, they simply have decided they won't decide, at least at this juncture.
    The voters of Pennsylvania deserve better than the political shenanigans being played out on the stage of a presidential election.
    It seems to us everyone who cares anything about the system should be outraged. Party affiliation should not matter.
    If you believe in the constitution, you should believe in a due process — something which is not happening when it comes to voter ID in Pennsylvania.
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