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Voter ID: Failure of nonfeasants

The Corbett administration apparently can’t walk, govern and chew gum at the same time. And the Pennsylvania Legislature doesn’t appear to be any more coordinated.

Gov. Tom Corbett, weak-kneed in the conviction department, on Thursday walked away from his push for a voter-identification law. He said he will not appeal to the state Supreme Court a January ruling by a Commonwealth Court judge that said the measure placed an undue burden on voters. Not only will there not be an appeal, the Legislature won’t attempt to pass another version of the law during the rest of this year’s session.

Each cited more pressing legislative “priorities.” Protecting the sanctity of the franchise isn’t a “priority”? Really?

And never mind that Judge Bernard McGinley’s ruling was a farce and stood an excellent chance of being overturned. His decree that the Pennsylvania Department of State lacked the authority to oversee special voting cards that eased the ID-obtaining process was a political poison pill. Good grief, if the department charged with overseeing the commonwealth’s electoral process lacks such authority, then nobody has it.

As for the overpaid, overperked and corrupt body that is the Pennsylvania Legislature, how does it keep a straight face in saying that it cannot, over the next five months, work to create a challenge-proof voter ID system?

Talk about a lack of will. Talk about nonfeasance.


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