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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Voter ID ruling is positive

  • A judge ruled that Pennsylvania's controversial voter identification law will not be in effect for the upcoming general election.
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  • A judge ruled that Pennsylvania's controversial voter identification law will not be in effect for the upcoming general election.
    The decision seems to mean this election will be conducted like any other in the past in Pennsylvania. That's a good thing.
    It has been obvious from the start this voter identification law was just a ruse on the part of the state's Republican Party to assist their candidate for president, Mitt Romney. One of the their leaders even said so in public.
    That might have been the beginning of the end for the law to take effect right away. But it has been a major battle and here we are about a month away from the election.
    The one thing it has done is cause confusion among voters, which is one of the goals they set out to accomplish in drafting the law.
    It should also be stressed the judge did not strike down the law. In fact, he basically upheld the law but said it should not be implemented for this election. That means opponents of the law still have a lot of work ahead of them to get it changed permanently.
    Over the past couple of months, it has become increasingly clear that the system put in place to provide government-issued IDs has been a failure.
    Anyone who has ever stood in line at a PennDOT license office knows the drill. There was no way the sloth of state government was going to be able to keep up with demand. The math was just not there.
    But those who favor the law and falsely claim voter fraud is running rampant still don't get it.
    For instance, the bill's sponsor, Rep. Daryl Metcalfe of Butler, blasted the ruling. He called those people who have not obtained proper identification "lazy."
    That speaks volumes about those who are so adamantly supportive of the law.
    Metcalfe is nothing but a party-line wonk who will likely say anything to make his case.
    This law was totally unnecessary and smelled of partisan politics from its birthplace in the bowels of ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council.
    Don't let anyone fool you, that's where this all started and it has spread across the nation. Dozens of lawmakers from Pennsylvania have traveled to ALEC conferences and meetings and carried back with them the outline of legislation about voter identification.
    Since all this has become so public, many of those lawmakers have suddenly withdrawn their membership from ALEC. That should tell you something right there.
    This entire episode just wreaks of government gone bad. Instead of dealing with issues that should matter, like roads and education, the focus was put on suppressing the vote. Anyone who voted for this should be ashamed of wasting the time and money of the taxpayers.
    Page 2 of 2 - Elections in Pennsylvania have been free and fair for years. Even proponents of the law can't cite specifics when it comes to voter fraud. They will point to other states, but that's just a diversion.
    We applaud the judge for his ruling and think a lot more thought and energy needs to be put into this issue before anything is implemented.
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