Archived Story

Voter laws should all be equal

Published 11:00am Wednesday, October 3, 2012

It won’t impact the 2012 presidential race, but now is the time to begin looking at implementing one set of federal guidelines for election laws that would allow reasonable voter access and create a uniform set of rules.

Ongoing battles across the country were illustrated Tuesday after a Pennsylvania court put a hold on the state’s strict ID laws that many felt were designed to disenfranchise voters and help Republicans win key battleground state in the presidential election.

This comes on the heels of a “federal court panel strkining down Texas’ law, while a state court blocked Wisconsin’s voter ID law from taking effect for now. A federal court is reviewing South Carolina’s law,” according to Associated Press reports.

Allowing for such a wide variation in voter ID and other election laws from state to state only makes the process more complicated and potentially robs citizens of their voice at the polls.

After the election, regardless of which political party is in power, the government should take a hard look at this by creating a panel of non-partisan experts and bi-partisan lawmakers who can put politics aside come up with a proposal that has one goal: Strengthen the democratic system our nation was built on.

This work may not change the 2012 presidential election but could have a drastic impact elections for many years to come.


The Tribune believes it is possible for people with a variety of points of view to discuss issues in a civil manner and will remove comments that, in our opinion, foster incivility. We want to encourage an open exchange of information and ideas. Responsibility for what is posted or contributed to this site is the sole responsibility of each user. By contributing to this website, you agree not to post any defamatory, abusive, harassing, obscene, sexual, threatening or illegal material, or any other material that infringes on the ability of others to enjoy this site, or that infringes on the rights of others. Any user who feels that a contribution to this website is a violation of these terms of use is encouraged to email, or click the "report comment" link that is on all comments. We reserve the right to remove messages that violate these terms of use and we will make every effort to do so — within a reasonable time frame — if we determine that removal is necessary.

Editor's Picks

Apple butter on sale to benefit Shop With a Cop

SOUTH POINT — Law enforcement agencies in Lawrence County have kicked off the annual apple butter fundraiser for the Shop With a Cop program. Every year, ... Read more