Lycoming County election officials are holding a dry run of sorts on the voter ID law on election day. Even though a state judge has delayed use of the law in this election, voters in Lycoming County still will be asked for ID on Nov. 6. Those without it will still be able to vote as long as they are in the poll book.
In effect, the judge's ruling has given Lycoming County a chance at an election day practice game on voter ID.
First-time voters and those who have moved to a new precinct will have to present an ID.
How easy is it to produce a voter ID? Well, for starters an acceptable ID can include a driver's license, an identification card issued from the state Department of Transportation, any government, school, military or employee-issued photo ID.
Still don't have an ID? OK, how about a government check, a current utility bill, a bank statement or a paycheck? It's pretty hard to be registered to vote and not have one of the forms of identification listed above.
Exercising this most sacred of American rights is not unnecessarily hard, as opponents of the voter ID law would have you believe. And it's not going to have an impact on this year's election.
So next year, we don't want to hear a lot of excuses and see a bunch of roadblocks thrown up regarding the voter ID law, a legitimate measure meant to preserve full integrity of the vote in any election.