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Souderton Independent - - OPINION -

The best ad­vice to­day is the same as be­fore the state Supreme Court ruled (well, sort of) on the Voter ID law. Make sure you have proper ID be­fore Nov. 6. Make sure friends and fam­ily mem­bers do, too — es­pe­cially WhH HOGHUOy DnG WhH Ln­fiUP. DR LW nRZ. DRn’W ZDLW, EHFDuVH WDOHV RI EuUHDuFUDWLF GLI­fiFuOWLHV REWDLnLnJ ,D hDYH EHHn ZLGHVSUHDG.

The state high court ba­si­cally or­dered a do-over by Com­mon­wealth Court. It agreed there could be prob­lems with the law — par­tic­u­larly the afore­men­tioned some have had in get­ting SURSHU ,D. ,W DJUHHG VuFh GLI­fiFuOWLHV FRuOG SRVH FRnVWLWuWLRnDO prob­lems.

Com­mon­wealth Court Judge Robert Simp­son in­di­cated Tues­day he might grant an in­junc­tion, but what form that would take was not known as of Thurs­day morn­ing.

The high court should have sim­ply granted an in­junc­tion, sus­pend­ing the law un­til the next elec­tion and giv­ing the state more time to prop­erly im­ple­ment its pro­vi­sions. In­stead, it told Com­mon­wealth Court to pre­dict, given more cur­rent in­for­ma­tion of state ef­forts to pro­vide IDs to peo­ple, whether a sub­stan­tial num­ber of cit­i­zens would be de­nied their vot­ing rights. If it looks like peo­ple will be dis­en­fran­chised, Com­mon­wealth Court must grant an in­junc­tion to pro­tect cit­i­zens’ rights. That last word — rights — is the key here. Many peo­ple have noted that get­ting an ID card is not such a big deal — you need one to drive, cash a check or board a plane. But driv­ing and cash­ing checks and board­ing planes are not rights — vot­ing is.

The mo­ti­va­tion of this law is clearly po­lit­i­cal — to de­press the vote of peo­ple more likely to vote Demo­cratic. A Penn­syl­va­nia Repub­li­can House leader said so in com­ments caught on video.

In the end, the Com­mon­wealth Court may do the right thing and put this law on hold. It has un­til Oct. 2 to rule.

But what­ever the Com­mon­wealth Court does, ex­pect one side or the other to ap­peal. It could land right back in the high court’s lap — then, per­haps, wind up in fed­eral court. Then we FRuOG finG RuUVHOYHV Rn HOHFWLRn HYH ZLWhRuW UHVROuWLRn. Don’t wait to see how this le­gal drama ends. Get an ID now.

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