Tom Corbett’s choice not to appeal the Voter ID decision means that we’ve hit the low water mark for voting access in this state.
That’s because the 2010 elections were the high water mark for Republican power in Pennsylvania, and any move toward the Democrats will result in more voting access, not less.
It may take a few sessions to actually pass these reforms, but all the Democrats for Governor are on board with same-day registration, online registration, early voting periods in the weekends leading up to Election Days, and wider use of absentee balloting.
I would recommend picking a big fight over these reforms as soon as the Democratic Governor is sworn in. Let’s make this the first big fight of 2015.
You often see Republicans do something similar, where they spend political capital early on process reforms that grow Republican power before they get to other things. Try to do the voting reforms first, then education funding formula, then Medicaid expansion before heading into the first budget season.