Pennsylvania's voter identification law has won Round One of the court battle that ultimately will determine whether it is a factor at the polls this presidential election.
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson ruled recently that he would not grant an injunction that would have halted the law, which requires each voter to show a valid photo ID.
As expected, opponents of the law, which included about a dozen rights groups, have filed an appeal of the ruling with the state Supreme Court.
Let's get a few things straight.
We live in an age when almost anyone making a purchase with a charge card at a store is asked for ID. We haven't seen a lot of stories where that has been a problem for people.
When people are asked to get an ID for a driver's license and have their photo taken, there's not much resistance. Now people are being asked to go to the same motor vehicle clearinghouse to get a photo ID and it's being treated as a major injustice.
It just seems like a lot of protesting about something in which not a lot is being demanded for the privilege of voting.
And, yes, we realize that technically voting is a right granted to all Americans.
But that doesn't mean there can't be assurances in place to make certain that right is not being abused.
And we will always maintain that while voting is a right, the attitude of Americans should be to revere it as if it is a privilege.
Pulling a lever to vote in a free election certainly must appear to be a privilege to millions of people who have never gotten to do the same in their countries and have lived under dictatorships from birth.
This law needs to be viewed not as something restrictive but as a measure to assure fairness for everyone exercising the right to vote.
And as for the fanatical challenging of this law, we hope those so cynical about this measure will be just as fanatical the next time there is voter intimidation at the polls such as that exercised by two Black Panther Party members at a Philadelphia polling place in 2008.
That clearly documented intimidation was only passively prosecuted by the Department of Justice.
Meanwhile, there is over-the-top resistance to a simple request that people produce identification when voting.
Where's the consistency?
And shouldn't we all want the voting process to include guaranteed fairness?