Germantown woman at center of Pa. voter ID case gets her photo ID

    At 93 years old, Viviette Applewhite now has the photo ID she needs to vote in Pennsylvania.

    Applewhite is the lead plaintiff in the state’s voter ID case, challenging a law passed earlier this year that requires voters to show specific types of identification before entering the voting booth.

    But at 93, the Germantown woman has no driver’s license and no Social Security card. Her name isn’t the name that’s on her birth certificate. Under the new law, she’d be unable to get the proper ID required to vote.


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    The Inquirer accompanied Applewhite yesterday to her local PennDOT center where officials made an exception based upon her age. She walked out with an ID in hand.

    A judge ruled Wednesday not to stand in the way of the voter ID law, resulting in a vow to appeal from the ACLU lawyers who’ve been working on the case.

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