$1 million for nothing
Pennsylvania registered voters do not have to present photo identification at the polling place to vote in the Nov. 5 general election. The state's voter identification law is on a hold as a court wrestles with the question of whether it is constitutional, so it cannot be implemented.
That has not stopped the Corbett administration from waging a needless $1 million, supposedly educational advertising campaign that creates the impression that photo identification is necessary.
It's bad enough that poll workers will be allowed to ask voters for photo identification. The "Show It" ad campaign creates the impression that voters should have the I.D. for this election.
The law itself is designed to suppress voting. Its advocates claimed that it would thwart fraud at the polls, but the court case before the Commonwealth Court demonstrated that the administration could not identify a single such case.
Vote fraud already is illegal under state and federal law. Part of the reason that the state can't come up with any cases to show the court is that the penalties far outweigh any possible benefit that an individual could derive from casting a ballot under a false identity.
Moreover, state House Majority Leader Mike Turzai revealed last year that the real purpose of the law was to enhance the prospects of Republican candidates by suppressing votes among demographic groups that tend to vote Democratic.
There is no justification for advertising the details of a law that cannot be implemented now. All the more so because the losing party in the Commonwealth Court case is certain to appeal to the state Supreme Court.
The administration should halt the campaign, which does nothing but sow doubt among people who are eligible to vote.