The conservative notion Pennsylvania’s election day integrity could be improved by asking voters to produce a valid drivers license or some other form of picture ID is officially dead, unlikely to be be resuscitated any time in the near future by either Governor Corbett or any of his successors.
CBS Philly reported on April 29th that, “after a Commonwealth Court judge decided not [to] reconsider his ruling against the Voter ID law, the Corbett administration announced it will not appeal the case to the state Supreme Court.”
USA Today piled on reporting the same day, “Corbett’s decision means the law is dead.”
The voter ID law’s death-knell came not last week with the Governor’s decision not to appeal the judge’s decision, but rather in testimony former Chester County Commissioner Carol Aichele and now Pennsylvania’s Secretary of State, gave in 2012 at a hearing considering the constitutionality of the Voter ID law.
When asked by the judge to state an incident of voter fraud in Pennsylvania in the last five years, Aichele was unable to identify a single incident. Not one. Nada.
Not only could the good Secretary not find a body, Ms. Aichele also could not identify a single missing person or a scintilla of proof anyone had been accosted.
Final notice of the law’s demise came yesterday in an email from Chester County Voter Services mailed to the hundred or so Judges of Election countywide. Tucked into the four or five bulleted instructions for conducting next Tuesday’s primary election was this innocuous item:
“The Voter ID is no longer. This means that your board no longer needs to ask or pass out flyers about the Voter ID. The only time that a voter should be asked for ID is when it states it in the poll book.”
A great day for voters in Pennsylvania! Voters can now cast their ballot and not have to prove to their local Judge of Election, who also happens to be their next door neighbor, they really are who they say they are.
A great day indeed.