Going Rogue on Voter ID
Delaware County officials have no plans to follow actions made by two other counties that have decided to issue photo identification cards to any residents through county-affiliated nursing homes or colleges.
Last week, officials in Democratic-controlled Montgomery and Allegheny counties announced they would issue photo ID cards to any residents who want them through county-affiliated nursing homes or colleges.First, since when is Allegheny county a "neighbor" to Delco?
Second, as the story makes clear, Philadelphia county officials are not "following the lead" of these two renegade counties either. Issuing photo IDs to people who have no actual affiliation with said colleges or nursing homes violates the clear requirements of the law. If Democrats want to weaken or get rid of the new law, they should elect more representatives and win a majority in the state legislature.
Furthermore, the lawsuit filed against the law has obviously failed. The Supreme Court has sent the case back to the judge who ruled it legal in the first place for review and the advice:
if Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson believes no registered voters will be prevented from casting a ballot. Otherwise, the high court said it should be halted.But, of course, no registered voter will be prevented from "casting a ballot." Even without ID, according to the law, voters are allowed to cast a provisional ballot.
The state has streamlined the system of granting photo IDs so the actions taken by Democratic politicians Montgomery and Allegheny counties can be seen for what they are; partisan attempts to win an election at the expense of campus and nursing home security. Not to mention the security of the ballot box.
Maybe that's the reason not even Democratic-controlled Philadelphia is following this "lead."
UPDATE: The AP sez new Voter ID laws could delay outcome in a close election.
Of course they could. Provisional ballots and all that. But better to get it right than have the election stolen by either party.