On August 15, a Pennsylvania judge refused to enjoin “Act 18,” a law that requires voters to produce — gasp! — a photo ID in order to vote. Liberal groups like the ACLU immediately denounced the law. How can the Chicago boys get out the graveyard vote if poll watchers get all persnickety about identification? But a cobbled together group of plaintiffs is challenging the law as an undue burden on the right to vote and a violation of equal protection.
Undue burden? A voter can use any photo ID issued by any federal, state, or municipal agency — even a state university ID. And if a voter shows up without an ID, he or she can still cast a provisional ballot, which will count – provided the voter can produce identification within 6 days. Do we really want people who are too lazy or apathetic to comply with these minimal requirements voting?
As for equal protection, the argument is baffling. The requirements apply equally to all voters — nobody is targeted. The judge correctly ruled that the plaintiffs were unlikely to succeed on the merits.