Seniors take on new voter ID law

    Yesterday, I live-tweeted from the state AARP’s rally against the new voter ID law.

    The heat wave had (thankfully) broken by then. But it was clear by the hundreds of seniors who gathered on Independence Mall, that the opposition to a law that might keep them from voting hadn’t.

    As several seniors told me, they have too much to lose to sit quietly by while their right are endangered.

    In fact, there was another outreach event today at a Germantown senior center. Here’s Brian Hickey’s story

    And consider these stats from Karen Buck, of the Senior Law Center: Buck said the number of Philadelphia seniors without government IDs needed to vote in November is higher than the national average of 18 percent.

    Also from Buck: One in four seniors in Philadelphia 80 and older don’t have a government-issued ID. One in five seniors aged 65-79 don’t have a PennDOT ID.

    “Be outraged. Be alarmed. Get involved,” she told the crowd.

    Find all the information you need about the new voter ID law here.

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