Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson cast the ultimate vote regarding Pennsylvania's voter identification law recently.
He ruled that the law will not be in effect for the November election over concerns that the state has not adequately executed plans to make it easy for anyone needing a voter ID to get one.
Apparently, the three steps that have been taken this year to make the photo ID easier to obtain for those lacking one haven't been good enough. At least in the opinion of the judge.
But Judge Simpson did not throw out the law and it could very well be in full effect next year.
During this cooling-off period that hopefully will follow this politically charged election season, all Americans need to take a step back and deliberate the sanctity of voting in this country.
Specifically, voting is a treasured right for all Americans.
As such, we should all be interested not just in executing it but also in protecting it.
To that end, placing some protections into the law that ensure that all votes are legitimate should not be viewed as evil.
Not when the protections sought are typical of almost any other activity and transaction performed in everyday life.
The good vs. evil crucible that this law has been viewed through is symbolic of the political divisions that have grown in America.
These are not healthy divisions.
We should all want voting to be accessible and equal among all individuals in our country, with no one disenfranchised but everyone easily identified.
That doesn't sound like the devil's work to us.
That sounds like equal rights for all, which we thought was one of the cornerstones of American exceptionalism.