Dropping of state voter ID pursuit is disappointing
Count us disappointed that Gov. Tom Corbett has chosen not to appeal a judge’s decision denying use of the state’s voter identification law.
The governor acknowledged last week that he will drop pursuit of the voter ID law, even while maintaining it is “constitutionally permissable.”
So one and one don’t make two in this instance. The law, which bears a close resemblance to identifying yourself when asked when you purchase a pair of trousers, is not the infringement critics claim.
It’s just inconvenient.
And inconvenient doesn’t work well for a governor who is being strongly challenged in his re-election campaign.
Politics has a way of tilting logic and this is hardly the first or last time it has or will happen.
There is nothing awful about the voter ID law. Since it was introduced, alternative identifications have been introduced for those who don’t have the standard ones. Education campaigns have been undertaken.
Judges can rule as they wish and naysayers can say what they want.
But this is hardly any draconian disenfranchisement of voters. There is nothing to be ashamed of here – not when the sanctity of each person’s vote in this democracy is being protected.
There have been proven instances of voter fraud in this country. Guarding against that in a rational way should never be a matter of political debate.
We hope this issue is pursued again, perhaps in some even more lenient way, after this election season.