Tuesday, February 21, 2006


Gov. Rendell Does the Right Thing

He vetoed the 21st-century poll tax.

Gov. Ed Rendell says he will veto a bill that would require voters to show identification at the polls because he believes it would disenfranchise some of the state's most vulnerable residents. [...] Current law requires identification only from people voting in a polling place for the first time. Democrats generally opposed the change, claiming it would lead to countless voter challenges and create long lines that would discourage voting; Republicans argued it would fight voter fraud by ensuring a person could cast only one ballot in an election. [...] Rendell, citing a letter from the League of Women Voters, said there is no compelling evidence that any Pennsylvania election has been affected by ineligible people posing as registered voters. It's unlikely that supporters will be able to muster enough votes to override the veto, said Erik Arneson, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader David J. Brightbill.
Isn't it interesting that the Republican idea of "election reform" is to make it harder for eligible voters to cast their votes?
Good for him! And us.
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