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The voter ID ruling: The franchise wins

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It didn't take long for the whiners, wieners and warblers to whack Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson's refusal to block Pennsylvania's voter ID law as being something other than a ruling based on rock-solid legal precedents.

One outfit even smeared him as an “ideologue” employing “ideologically based” precedents.

But it's this simple:

Pennsylvania's photo Voter ID law, Act 18, “is a reasonable, non-discriminatory, non-severe burden when viewed in the broader context of the widespread use of photo ID in daily life” and those who oppose it did not establish “that disenfranchisement was immediate or inevitable.”

The fact of the matter is, it will be pretty darn easy to vote in Pennsylvania under the new law. If you don't have the prerequisite identification, it can be obtained free of charge. And even if a voter lacks the proper ID, a provisional ballot can be cast and counted if that ID is presented in short order.

“The burdens associated with Act 18,” slight as they are, “serve substantial interests to protect the integrity and reliability of the electoral process,” Judge Simpson wrote.

And given the facts of this case, it should be quite apparent to all that the whiners, wieners and warblers fear the law and the end of loosey-goosey standards for that very reason.

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