Saturday, May 17, 2014

158.1 - Good News: PA gives up on voter ID

Good News: PA gives up on voter ID
We'll start off, as I always like to do, with some good news. This is really an update of something I talked about previously, but it's too good not to call good news. And I almost missed this one, so I'm doubly glad to be able to mention it here.

I have often talked about voter ID laws, those laws backed by the right wing to restrict the ability of the poor and minorities to vote by demanding voters produce forms identification which the poor, minorities, and other folks not overly fond of reactionaries are significantly more likely than others to lack.

Back in January, I was able to tell you that Pennsylvania's voter photo ID law was struck down by a state judge as unconstitutional on the grounds that it unreasonably burdens the fundamental right to vote and the state had no convincing explanation for why it was necessary.

Well, here's the good news update: On May 8, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom "Space Cadet" Corbett announced that his administration will not appeal the ruling. In other words, he gave up.

Oh, he issued the sort of self-serving statement you'd expect, saying of course voter photo ID is proper, they just have to re-work the law to get more state-issued IDs out there, etc., etc., yada yada yada. But after he and his right-wing cronies in the state legislature sank $7 million into attempting to implement and legally defend this exercise in voter repression, we can reasonably wonder if he's really up for fighting that same fight over again.

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