Unlikely movie inspires push to get voters IDs in Philadelphia

The quest to make sure everyone has proper ID to vote in November is the push behind a new campaign in Philadelphia.

Councilman Curtis Jones says the campaign took the Chevy Chase “be the ball” line from the movie “Caddyshack” and transformed it into “Be The Vote,” a movement he says is designed to make people understand every vote counts.

“Voter suppression is a version of ‘If you can’t beat ’em then I’m going to cheat them!'” said Jones.

Of course, those who wrote Pennsylvania’s voter ID law say it’s not about suppression, but about blocking voter fraud.

Regardless of intention, Lydia Hernandez of the Mayor’s Commission on Aging says elderly people are likely not to have the proper identification to vote.

“Many people have come to our offices,” said Hernandez, “and other members of our coalition to say ‘I really do not want to lose my voice, I really want to be present!'”

The group vows to make sure people have the proper identification, because they feel even if the requirement is struck down or put on hold, it will be back next year.

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