Thumbs up: Voter ID, which could have disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians dead.

Gov. Tom Corbett announced last week he would not appeal a Commonwealth Court judge's decision that the law imposed an unreasonable burden on the fundamental right to vote.

Good. Too bad he didn't give up sooner.

The 2-year-old law was never about "protecting the integrity of elections," as its Republican supporters claimed.

That claim was abandoned in the opening days of the court challenge, when the state's lawyer stipulated he was "not aware of any incidents of in-person voter fraud."

In-person voter fraud — impersonating a voter — is the only type of fraud the law would have prevented.

The law was just what the plaintiffs claimed: a cynical attempt to suppress voting by minorities, students and other groups that typically vote Democratic. Groups ranging from the NAACP and the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters to AARP and labor unions opposed the mandate.

Any doubts about motives were removed by House majority leader Mike Turzai in a famous boast at a Republican State Committee meeting in the summer of 2012.

Speaking of his party's accomplishments, he ticked off this one: "Voter ID, which is gonna allow (GOP presidential candidate) Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done."

While the law's titular requirement was never enforced, the two-year battle to salvage it managed to confuse voters and cost taxpayers $7 million.


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Corbett said he thinks the law can be reworked to pass constitutional muster, and he hopes to work with the Legislature on a new version.

We think not and hope he never gets that chance.

Thumbs up: Applause — the popular William Penn Senior High School Performing Arts Institute is staging a revival.

A victim of the York City School District's budget ax in 2011, the program is returning next school year thanks to a partnership with the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center.

The program will offer students elective courses in acting, dance, creative writing, voice, directing and stage management.

"It's about time it's coming back," Superintendent Eric Holmes said. "We need it, and it's something we should have kept."