I’m starting to think Barack Obama may have more than luck on his side. The guy is definitely living a charmed life. Someone up there must like him. Thanks to Judge Robert Simpson, Pennsylvania’s voter suppression law – let’s just call it what it is, shall we? – has been postponed until after the presidential election. For those who were starting to worry that Pennsylvania was shaping up as this year’s Florida, they can now relax. This is one state Republicans won’t get the chance to steal.
The injunction doesn’t strike down the law; far from it. Voters who show up to vote will still be asked to show photo ID. If they don’t have it, they will be allowed to cast their votes. Prior to the ruling they would only be able to cast “provisional” ballots, which would’ve been thrown out in six days if they did not return with the proper ID. As many as half a million votes, potentially, could have been tossed a week after the election results had been announced. And you thought Bush v. Gore was a clusterfuck. This had all the makings of a Greek tragedy.
With Wisconsin’s voter ID law effectively muted, early voting restored in Ohio, and Florida governor Rick Scott’s purging efforts blocked ironically by his own voting supervisors, things are starting to look encouraging. If Republicans are going to win this November, it looks like they will have to do it the old fashioned way. They'll have to earn it.
Yes, Virginia, there is a God.