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Voter ID Laws

“With a few months left before the presidential election, voter ID laws are in limbo in a number of states. Critics say the laws disenfranchise eligible voters, supporters say they prevent voter fraud. Guest host Viviana Hurtado discusses the court challenges and national implications with NPR's Corey Dade and Pennsylvania activist Bob Previdi.”

“A landmark federal law used to block the adoption of state voter identification cards and other election rules now faces unprecedented legal challenges.”

“Janice Horn, retired librarian and board member of League of Women Voters, testified she went to a PennDOT office in her home county of Clarion and found it staffed by a contract worker who said she could not answer any questions about voter ID...”

“Kicking off today’s testimony was Olivia Thorne, president of the League of Women Voters (LWV) of Pennsylvania and a 35-year member of the organization. The LWV is an organizational plaintiff in the lawsuit.”

“The first legal test for Pennsylvania’s tough new voter identification law began Wednesday, with state lawyers calling the measure a completely rational step, while opponents attacked it as an unnecessary, unjustified and partisan scheme that will deprive countless people of their right to vote.”

“The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether Pennsylvania's new voter identification law discriminates against minorities, according to a letter released on Monday.”

“The League of Women Voters is trying to make sure voters in Lancaster County [PA] are aware of the state's new identification law. About 20,000 voters in the county do not have the identification needed to cast ballots in the Nov. 6 election, and many of them do not know it.”

“...a coalition of [PA] organizations and businesses - the ACLU, NAACP, League of Women Voters, Committee of Seventy, Black Clergy, Brown's Family ShopRite, and Radio One, among others - secured a building where people can get the information and assistance they need to become eligible to vote under the new law.”

“'These laws are hitting roadblocks because they were problematic to begin with,' says Andrea Kaminski, executive director of the Wisconsin League of Women Voters.”

“As several states prepare to implement voter ID laws passed by their legislatures in November, TPM’s interviews with elections officials show that education efforts are all over the map.”