Pennsylvania judge says voter ID law not unconstitutional
Voter ID laws are a reasonable safeguard against electoral abuse. The legality of such laws was bolstered this week when a Pennsylvania judge declined to block that state's voter ID law, which is more restrictive than Oklahoma's version. The case will now be appealed to the supreme court in Pennsylvania, a critical swing state in the presidential election.
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Opponents of voter ID laws, primarily Democrats, claim they make it harder for some people to vote. That hasn't been the case. Voters had to show identification for Oklahoma's March presidential primary. Of more than 399,000 votes cast, only 197 provisional ballots were tendered as a result of the ID law; 188 of those were counted. Those not counted included a person who was not registered and an individual with the wrong party registration for that primary.
Those results show the ID law is not overly burdensome and protects the integrity of the process. Had the nonregistered individual cast a ballot, it would have effectively disenfranchised a legitimate voter. And we doubt any Democrat or Republican thinks members of the other party should be allowed to choose their nominees.
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