Expand access to voting
Looking ahead to Spring, this May's primary election ballot likely will be somewhat confusing in most counties, due to large numbers of candidates seeking party nominations for school boards, municipal government seats, tax collector positions and judgeships.
That will likely be compounded by referendums.
But, unless the courts or the other two branches of the state government act soon, more confusion will be inevitable.
Last year the Commonwealth Court approved an injunction against enforcement of the state's wrong-headed, politically motivated voter identification law. The administration failed to demonstrate the law would not disenfranchise thousands of voters, after challenges demonstrated that the law could do just that.
The law still is on the books, however, pending a trial on its constitutional, legal and practical merits. That trial is scheduled for July, but the primary is in May. Voter ID could be enforced unless the law's opponents move for and receive an extended injunction, or the Legislature and administration move to suspend enforcement pending the outcome of the trial.
Better yet, lawmakers should act now to repeal the law and move instead to expand access to voting.