Lawmaker carpools with voters to PennDOT

    Opponents of the state’s controversial voter ID law say the new photo identification requirement will be hardest to satisfy for people who can’t drive themselves to the closest state-run licensing center.

    So, one state lawmaker is offering a solution: carpooling.

    Republican Representative Mario Scavello, of Monroe County, says one of the more memorable trips was the one he took with a 105-year-old woman.


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    “I had a milk crate with me, because I figured that she might not be able to get into the car,” said Scavello. “I put the milk crate down so she could step on it and she goes, ‘What’s that for? I don’t need that.’ She pulled herself right in and got settled.”

    Scavello says he’s made eight trips so far, usually picking up two people who need ID.

    PennDOT has 71 licensing centers statewide.  

    Five of its Philadelphia centers will stay open until 7 p.m. to accommodate more customers starting the last week of September, through the Thursday after the November election.

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