Don't let Pennsylvania's restrictive voter-ID law, upheld in Commonwealth Court last week, keep minorities, the poor, and the elderly from voting.
Now is the time to make sure voters have proper photo IDs and the underlying documentation to get them.
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert E. Simpson Jr. ignored evidence that the state is unprepared to ensure that every registered voter has proper photo ID. But hundreds of thousands may be disenfranchised.
And even though the case has been appealed to the state Supreme Court, there is no way to know what the justices will decide. The court is evenly split between three Republicans and three Democrats, raising the possibility of a deadlock on this politically charged issue. A deadlock means the flawed Simpson decision stands. There is hope that Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille could again show an ability to break with partisanship as he did when he broke the tie earlier this year and threw out the Republicans' gerrymandered redistricting map. But will he apply that same sense of fairness to stop this terrible law from being implemented?