Looking beyond the legal dance of state voter ID law

It’s another day, another judge’s order, and another obstacle for Pennsylvania’s voter-identification law.

A state judge has ruled that local poll workers can ask voters to show IDs if they have them and distribute written material about the law, but they many not tell voters at the polls that photo IDs could be required in future elections.

The ruling seems to effectively block use of the voter ID law to its fullest in the Nov. 5 general election.

The preliminary injunction will remain in effect until after the judge rules on a request for a permanent injunction, which likely will happen after the election.

So the legal dance continues.

And, yes, we are aware that voting is a right, not a privilege.

Tell that to someone who doesn’t get to vote on his or her governmental leadership.

And take a step back. Shouldn’t a guarantee of one vote for each living, registered voter be the goal of everyone who believes in our democracy?

We’ve heard that there is no reason for a voter ID law because there is no voter fraud occurring. And yet we are aware of a person in Ohio boasting that she voted seven times in the most recent presidential election. And we read last week of a person who died eight years ago and has “voted” three times since then.

Why not guarantee that everyone’s vote is real and counts just once?

How is that an injustice or viewed as a restriction against anyone?

Lawyers will argue and judges will rule, but the goals of this law are to preserve what the right to vote is supposed to mean.