Terry Madonna and Michael Young pulled no punches in their latest “Politically Uncorrected” column about the state’s new photo ID law for voters in the Nov. 6 election.
They say the law’s purpose “”appears to be a sham,” that it potentially disenfranchises hundreds of thousands of voters, that it’s politically motivated, it discriminates, it’s duplicative and untested.
“Voter ID was not well thought out, planned or executed,” they said.
“Many legislators voting for it did not know how many people would be affected,” they said. (It could be nearly 11,000 voters in Erie County alone.)
“In addition, the noxious whiff of voter suppression motives is pervasive. There cannot be a greater crime in a democracy than systematically attempting to prevent eligible voters from exercising the franchise. It’s truly a repulsive act,” they wrote.
They suggest a suspension of the new law until one or two elections as trial runs to see how it works and with what effects.
“Rolling it out in the middle of a presidential contest is sheer folly,” they said.
Madonna is professor of public affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, and Young is managing partner of Michael Young Strategic Research.
– John Guerriero