Archive: August, 2012
WE THE PEOPLE want clean and honest elections. We believe that the electoral system should be above politics and that in the ideal democracy every single citizen votes in every election and there is no fraud.
You might yawn and stop reading now, because that's all like mom and apple pie. Where's the story here? Trust us, it's a BIG story. You already know that if you are a faithful Daily News reader. In March, the Pennsylvania Legislature passed a law requiring us to provide PennDOT photo ID to vote. That law has since been amended to include a limited number of other types of photo ID. Supporters say the new law is needed to ensure fair elections and end fraud. Critics say it is a blatantly partisan move to minority voters, who tend to favor Democrats, in the November presidential election. Each side thinks the other is pernicious and politically motivated.
And when you have House Majority Leader Mike Turzai boasting that voter ID "is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania," you know that passions are going to run high. In fact, this issue sparked the most emotional and difficult discussion we have ever had at the People's Editorial Board — and that includes discussions of guns and crime. We were split between eight critics of the new law and two ardent supporters.