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qhe best advice today is the same as before the state Supreme Court ruled Ewell, sort ofF on the soter fa law. Make sure you have proper fa before kov. S. Make sure friends and family members do, too — esSHFLDOOy WKH HOGHUOy DQG WKH LQfiUP. DR LW QRw. DRQ’W wDLW, EHFDXVH WDOHV RI EXUHDXFUDWLF GLIfiFXOWLHV REWDLQLQJ fa have been widespread.
ao not count on an injunction suspending implementation of this law for this presidential election.
qhe state high court basically ordered a do-over by Commonwealth Court. ft agreed there could be problems with the law — particularly the aforementioned some have had in getting proper fa. ft agreed such diffiFXOWLHV FRXOG SRVH FRQVWLWXWLRQDO SUREOHPV.
qhe 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. fnstead, it told Commonwealth Court to predict, given more current information of state efforts to provide fas to people, whether a substantial number of citizens would be denied their voting rights. ff it looks like people will be disenfranchised, Commonwealth Court must grant an injunction to protect citizens’ rights. qhat last word — rights — is the key here. Many people have noted that getting an fa 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.
qhe motivation of this law is clearly political — to depress the vote of people more likely to vote aemocratic. A mennsylvania Republican eouse leader said so in comments caught on video.
qhe two dissenting members of the state high court were right on target in criticizing their colleagues’ wimpy decision.
Justice aebra qodd accused her colleagues of “punting” on the issue:
“f have heard enough about the Commonwealth’s scramble to meet this law’s requirements. qhere is ample evidence of disarray in the record, and f would not allow chaos to beget chaos. qhe stated underpinnings RI AFW 18 — HOHFWLRQ LQWHJULWy DQG YRWHU FRQfiGHQFH — are undermined, not advanced, by this Court’s chosen course. Seven weeks before an election, the voters are entitled to know the rules.”
Justice Seamus McCaffery wrote: “f cannot in good conscience participate in a decision that so clearly has the effect of allowing politics to trump the solemn oath that f swore to uphold our Constitution. qhat Constitution has made the right to vote a right verging on the sacred, and that right should never be trampled by partisan politics.” Amen. fn the end, the Commonwealth Court may do the right thing and put this law on hold. ft has until Oct. 2 to rule.
But whatever the Commonwealth Court does, expect one side or the other to appeal. ft could land right back in the high court’s lap — then, perhaps, wind up in fedHUDO FRXUW. 7KHQ wH FRXOG fiQG RXUVHOYHV RQ HOHFWLRQ HYH without resolution. aon’t wait to see how this legal drama ends. det an fa now.
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