Voter ID law on trial for lots of curious reasons

A trial is going on these days over the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s voter identification law.

The trial may be a major step toward a judicial ruling on whether the photo requirement should be enforced at polling places statewide or thrown out as unconstitutional.

Think about that.

We are arguing about whether a photo ID should be required to vote, our most sacred of democratic rights.

Yes, voting is a right, not a privilege in the purest sense. But in essence, it is a privilege. Ask the millions who don’t get to vote on their governmental leadership and have no say in its dealings.

A photo ID is not uncommon to open a charge card. It’s necessary to get a passport. It’s a given in many banking circumstances.

But ask for it for voting rights, and all of a sudden it is considered draconian and there are political splits along party lines. We would assume Republicans and Democrats feel equally about the sanctity of one vote per person in this democracy. So why would requiring a voter ID for it be a problem?

For those without a driver’s license, the Department of State has developed a special photo ID that is available free to voters who have run out of other options. So what’s the fuss? Those opposing the simple matter of confirming voters are who they say they are, once per election, will have to answer that question.