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“Lawyers Spar Over Voter ID Law In Court”

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This July 31, 2013 article on the UMBC website talks about the ongoing trial over Voter ID in Pennsylvania

 

“Pa. officials to unveil new voter-ID card”

 

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This July 19, 2012 article found on the Philly.com website indicates that a new id card may be coming to Pennsylvania that will be for voting purposes to enable those not able to acquire the right documents for a state issued non-driver photo id.

 

“Voter ID law: 9% of Pennsylvania voters don’t have state photo card, officials say”

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This July 5, 2012 article on Pennlive.com talks about the issue of not every qualified voter in Pennsylvania being in possession of proper photo ID to enable them to vote and have their vote count in the November election.

“PA Voter ID Law Would Keep 93-Year-Old Who Marched With Martin Luther King From Voting”

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This article that also contains a video is dated May 2, 2012 and found on the TPM Muckraker website.  The article discusses legal action being taken by the ACLU and other organizations to fight the voter ID law here in Pennsylvania.  The goal of the ACLU is to get the law overturned on the grounds that it is unconstitutional based on the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  They are hoping to go to trial in June based on a segment I watched on PCNtv.com that time frame was done to both give the defendants time to prepare their case, and also so that there is hopefully enough time to finish things up before the November election.

While I know this article is not specific to the mental health community, I do know that the voter id law is one that will have an impact on the mental health community.

I would urge you to try to get a photo id if you don’t have one if you plan on voting in November.  From what I understand it can take up to 3 to 4 months to get your birth certificate so now is the time to be getting it if you don’t have a photo ID with your picture, current address, and an expiration date.

I have never been supportive of the voter suppression act, but since it is in place, even though there are people preparing to battle against it in the courts, it’s wise to get your ID just incase the court decides the law isn’t unconstitutional.  It’s one of those ‘hoping for the best but preparing for the worst’ kind of scenarios.

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