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  • Voter ID Challenger "Happy As a Clam" to Get Free ID in Pennsylvania

    93-year-old Viviette Applewhite holds up the free voter ID she obtained in Philadelphia.

    In another victory for voter ID, last week a Pennsylvania district court rejected a challenge to stop the state’s new voter ID law from going into effect before the upcoming presidential election.

    Now the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Viviette Applewhite, the lead plaintiff in the case who claimed that she would be unable to vote because of the new law, has obtained a voter ID.

    One day after the new law was upheld, Applewhite used a combination of her Medicare card, a state Department of Public Welfare card, and other documents showing her current address to obtain a free ID.

    This latest development highlights the fact that requiring photo ID is not an onerous restriction or a “poll tax,” as Attorney General Eric Holder has erroneously asserted. Pennsylvania’s law will help prevent fraud in elections, and the state has a checkered past when it comes to voter fraud.

    The challengers claimed that the requirement to present photo ID in order to vote would disenfranchise close to 9 percent of registered voters whom they purportedly could not obtain an ID without being severely burdened. The judge roundly rejected this claim.

    The ACLU intends to appeal the decision, but now it is uncertain whether Applewhite will remain a party to the litigation, as she is “[h]appy as a clam” now that she received her new ID.

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    36 Responses to Voter ID Challenger "Happy As a Clam" to Get Free ID in Pennsylvania

    1. Karla says:

      Congratulations! Ms Viviette Applewhite for your New Voter ID.

    2. Bobbie says:

      voting is a privilege who's one time expense should be paid by those that want the privilege. Otherwise, their vote is insincere. Where does it constitute some people accountable to make sure equal privileges or equal rights are accessible (that's up to the individual) and at the expense of everyone else held accountable? Equal rights and privileges is equal rights.and privileges where equal application to of making it fair! It's unbelievable the weight they can drop on the self governing of all incomes, instead of holding people responsible to their rights and privileges and in this case by fulfilling the requirement applied equally without infringement. Learn to take on your own responsibilities. The government democrats aren't going to teach you! Too busy belittling for political gain!

      • Rich says:

        Voting is also a DUTY. Its part of the deal that comes with self governing. I would rather pay for public ID's than disenfranchise the quality of the vote. When presented with the choice, I would preserve the quality and integrity of the vote over cost of the ID. Similarly, I believe the states should cover the cost of voting machines and oversight and administration of the process as well.

    3. tocelp says:

      Now that was not too hard, was it?
      Go vote and do your duty—-

    4. Holder's Argument destroyed – NEXT

    5. Huh! Go figure… I guess the left was overstating their concerns…

    6. Slowly, surely, changing the tide…..one state at a time!!! :)

    7. Pennsylvania officials now admit that voter fraud, which that state's new "Voter ID" law was supposed to combat, hasn't ACTUALLY been documented:
      http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/07/2

      And of course NO ONE has been more transparent about the REAL reason for this new law than Pennsylvania House GOP leader Mike Turzai, who said, "Voter ID, which is going to allow Gov. Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania? DONE.”

      • Moose says:

        I'm not sure that I would believe National Public Radio (NPR) or the ACLU when they tell me something. You have to admit that they are not non-partisen. If there wasn't proof then the judge would not have ruled the way he did.

      • Linda Hoskinson says:

        Well, at least Governor Romney will win it fairly with citizens voting. It won't be because of illegals registered and dead people voting. Leave that to Nancy Pelosi to run on since she 'sees dead people'.

      • Mike, Wichita Falls says:

        He must be really convinced that voter fraud has been so bad in PA that it has really been a red state all along.

      • Bruce Morley says:

        It's tough to win when you can't stuff the ballot box.

    8. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Does the author truly believe Holder "erroneously asserated?" Or just as his boss has "asserated" during the past three and a half years, lies, distortions, and deceptions to justify their intent to "transform America" into their socialist utopia. They must have voter fraud to insure they win in November. Remember, Holder's and Obama's jobs depend on fraud if they have any "hope" of keeping them.

    9. Karin Trevena says:

      an alternative would be a scanned thumb or other finger print. Computer could check for duplicates.
      And Amish and anybody else could vote with no objections.

    10. CforUS says:

      Why did she wait until the law was upheld to get her new ID? I guess her liberal lawers told her not to until the case was settled.

    11. JoDee Hortz says:

      I wonder of this sweet lady knows what Eric Holder really thinks, quote article: http://angrywhitedude.com/2012/08/eric-holder-min

      This past Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on why he is suing states who have passed reasonable Voter ID laws. Keep in mind, this man is the ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES(h/t DuhProgressive)

      “Throughout history minorities and the poor have been prevented from voting by means such as ‘poll taxes’ and literacy tests…and requiring voters to produce government-issued IDs today is in the same vein of those discriminatory practices back then.

      “Let’s be frank, much of the anthropological data (the Justice Department) has acquired concludes that people of certain ethnicities are simply biologically incapable of obtaining voter identifications.”

      Apparently he is part of the anthropological data and this lady is not!

    12. If the law required that anyone applying for welfare or food stamps had to present a photo i.d., I guarantee that each of these folks would show up with at least a half dozen photo i.d. cards to qualify for their free government handouts.

      The whole photo i.d. flap is a bunch of hogwash.

    13. Blair Franconia, NH says:

      Then why did he challenge Pennsylvania's voter id law? Because the ACLU wanted the money.

    14. LeopardLadyNJT says:

      Why is this such a huge freakin issue!! She surely had to prove who she was in order to get her Medicare card and her welfare card. I am sick to death of the rhetoric about burdening the voter to prove who they are in order to vote! If you want the privilege of voting then get yourself an ID of some sort. If you have to have ID for everything else you why wouldn't want of the most important duties of a citizen be required to show ID? THIS SHOULD NOT EVEN BE UP FOR DISCUSSION !!! If the judges cannot see the importance of voter ID then they need to be FIRED!!! Quit making excuses for these people!

    15. LeopardLadyNJT says:

      Isn't that sensoring by having my comment be approved by the site admins?

    16. NJC says:

      I live in Philadelphia. There are 4 empty lots and three empty houses and a couple empty apartments on my block. Dollars to donuts the empty lots and houses still vote. Not way to find out, but at primary time the poll people were all up in arms about the Voter ID law. I'd have to know a lot about Mr Cooper (who lived in one of the empty houses) to get ID for him and vote. Philadelphia does not publish election results district by district. A city commissioner purchased the information and published it on her website. I was surprised at the Republican turnout–8 people in our district– much higher than my guesstimate of one. of course I'm registered Democrat– after all that's the only ways you have a say about the Mayor, which is basically decided in the primary.

    17. Dr G says:

      Congratulations to Madame Applewhite!

      It is obvious her concern was legitimate, and not a political straw-man issue.

    18. Elliott L. Kipp says:

      We've had the occupiers of Wall St., character assasination of many conservative members, complaints of difficulty to obtain Pictured IDs, the legitimate conservative candidate for president called a murderer and felon, etc., etc. What will they come up with next? A budget that hasn't been produced for almost 4 yrs.? The economy that's in the trash bin? The unemployment rate at a conservative number of 8.3%? The five plus trillion dollars of debt placed on the backs of the American public in the name of stimulus and creating "green" jobs? Wait a minute! I just remembered the answer to those questions! It was George W. Bushs' fault! God bless America! Elliott L. Kipp

    19. RennyG says:

      Battle is not over yet!! Wait till Holder gets involved with the unions!! They will get it straight.
      FORGIVE US LORD FOR BEING SO DERLICK IN OUR RESPONSIBLITIES AND BE MERCEFUL!

    20. smokey888x2 says:

      Also, consider more as to WHY we even have a need to move towards Voter I.D. …. because one side is bent as hell to cheat. So, if you're going to cheat, you should lose some votes until we can find a way to make it fair. What an opposition we have, such moral fiber …..

    21. DamienR says:

      YAAAY! 1 out of 786000….PROGRESS!

    22. So, what your saying is, we are supposed to be happy, shut up and stop talking about it because the 93 year old woman who had to file a LAWSUIT to make sure her voting rights were not blocked, got her free ID? and the rest of the 786,000 legal voters affected? …????

    23. Mario Giorno says:

      On August 13, 2012 PA Gov. Corbett and PA Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele published a change to the requirements for obtaining a PA state photo id card in order to vote. Previously one of the following forms of id: a U.S. birth certificate, a U.S. passport, social security card, a certificate of U.S. citizenship or a certificate of U.S. naturalization was required, along with two of the following forms of id: tax return, lease agreement, mortgage document, w-2 form, current weapons permit or current utility bills were required to get the pa photo id card along with a social security and a $13.50 fee. Now there's magically no fee and the requirements are now as follows: name, street address, social security number (not card), proof(s) of address, county, and the previous addresses you live at within the past 12 months as well as any name changes you've gone through in the past 12 months (such as changing from your maiden name to marriage name). And also on August 13th, the $13.50 was waived. The PA Republicans came under fire from their own constituents who were also going to be denied the ability to get proper id to vote. It seems there are 72 PennDOT license centers across the entire state that can officially issue the cards and even with the recently lowered requirements, aren't well equipped to handle up to 750,000 people coming in between now and Nov. 6th applying for valid PA photo ids.

    24. Rick says:

      It should be mandatory for ALL U.S. citizens to show a photo ID when registering to vote. No requirements to do so encourages illegal voting. I want no one to steal my vote by illegally using my identity. I want my vote to count for MY chosen candidate.

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