Poll work­ers will do the right thing

Public Spirit - - OPINION -

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An ed­i­to­rial and a let­ter in the Times Chron­i­cle, 9/13/12, ad­dressed the voter ID is­sue in Penn­syl­va­nia.

lne sit­u­a­tion is sure to come up on Nov. 6 in ev­ery precinct across the VWDWH: D UHJiVWHUHG YRWHU comes to a polling place with­out the re­quired photo ID and states that an ex­tra­or­di­nary burden pre­vented him/her from ad­her­ing to the strict re­quire­ments of the law.

Can lo­cal of­fi­cials ac­cept the usual, cus­tom­ary ev­i­dence of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion

ex­cep­tional, hard­ship cases? I think so.

The an­cient Greeks called it epikeia, a be­nign way of in­ter­pret­ing the law when ob­sta­cles, un­fore­seen and un­in­tended by the leg­is­la­tors, place ex­treme bur­dens on some who are sub­ject to the law. That’s the sit­u­a­tion I fore­see, and I trust that of­fi­cials at the polling places will be fair-minded and con­sid­er­ate. Frank McGinty

Jenk­in­town

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