She marched with Martin Luther King Jr, now due to Republican driven voter ID laws she can’t vote

May 5, 2012
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Disenfranchising voters while feigning innocence is quite the trend with Republicans. Suddenly, Voter ID is being chanted as a significant way to resolve an imaginary problem. Listen to Ms. Viviette Applewhite, a 93-year-old woman who has voted in nearly every election for the last 60 years, and now, she’s lost her ‘right’ to vote because of Republican-driven bullshit. 

This amazing woman marched with Martin Luther King, Jr. in Georgia. She earned her right to vote – but not by Republican standards. Mrs. Applewhite, under Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID law, will not be counted — this lady has tried for years to obtain a photo ID to no avail.

ACLU reports:

Now a widow, Ms. Applewhite has lived in Philadelphia for more than twenty years and enjoys five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. She has voted in nearly every election since at least 1960. Ms. Applewhite marched to support civil rights for African-Americans with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Macon, Georgia, and traveled on several occasions to hear him preach in Atlanta’s Ebeneezer Baptist Church. Ms. Applewhite does not have and has been unable to obtain photo identification required by Pennsylvania’s voter photo ID law and thus after voting at nearly every election for more than 50 years will be unable to cast a ballot this November.

Ms. Applewhite is not alone. There are others.

This is a GOP tactic used to be sure that they win no matter what, by any means necessary — even if it means they’ll have to push back on minorities, the poor and the elderly, thus taking away their right to vote.

Help our elderly register to vote.

Update, to answer a question some readers have:

Daily Kos reports:

Her purse was stolen and she hasn’t been able to replace her identification because state officials can’t find her birth certificate. And she won’t be able to vote in Pennsylvania this fall. She’s the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging the state’s new voter suppression law that was recently filed by the ACLU, the Advancement Project, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP) and the Washington, DC, law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP.

 

 

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  • Jtimdodd

    Using utility bills as proof doesn’t account for the homeless who are still entitled to vote. State IDs are the only real way to solve this.

    • Shnargfh…

      Much akin to requiring an address to get said ID card? State ID cards should further be required to practice religion, protest (provided permits and fees have been paid), prevent unwarranted searches and deportation, riding a bicycle, file a police report, buy groceries with cash, or any other act which can be used to function in a population. Deny or repossess an ID card, and you now have a solid control over someone.

  • Jtimdodd

    Using utility bills as proof doesn’t account for the homeless who are still entitled to vote. State IDs are the only real way to solve this.

    • Shnargfh…

      Much akin to requiring an address to get said ID card? State ID cards should further be required to practice religion, protest (provided permits and fees have been paid), prevent unwarranted searches and deportation, riding a bicycle, file a police report, buy groceries with cash, or any other act which can be used to function in a population. Deny or repossess an ID card, and you now have a solid control over someone.

  • Cpmondello

    ps. There is no “voter ID needed” law pushed in non-Democraticly controlled areas, or areas where most would vote for a Democrat. Voter fraud has happened literally only a handful of times, and Ann Coulter being one of them, but she has FBI friend that made sure she didnt get punished. Republicans spend millions apon millions of dollars investigating Democrats, they have whenever they lose the majority. This is wasted tax payer money. When Nixon was almost Impeached, the Dems didnt waste so much time and money as the Repubs did on Clinton, and they got less results with Nixon too.

  • Cpmondello

    I don’t have a driver’s license, i don’t know where my “long form” birth certificate may be, nor my “index card” size one I used to have, my pass port hasn’t been used since 1985, and that’s if i even can find it, and i don’t have any form of ID with my face or signature on it. Thank god I live in MA, where non of this is needed….yet, to prove I am who I am. If I had to get one of these, I would have to do a few things; travel, pay the cost, show some form of ID. Voting is supposed to be a “right” in the USA, and I’d even say a duty, though in some areas our actual votes don’t really count (ie super delegates pick Presidential pick for state). The “conservatives” and more accurately Right-wing aka Conservative Christians, have been saying, promoting, instilling in their followers that the way to win is to block those who may vote for the other party, from voting. Here is a quote from the 1960s actually expressing concern for this, from his own political party, the Republican party:

    “Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”

    (Source: http://www.panderingpoliticians.com/2012/03/church-and-state-barry-goldwater.html)

  • Kenny Olembo

    this is a specialist case. I’m sure she’ll be attended to. As for all others in similar situations, get it looked into now, before you find you can’t vote. And for those who find themselves in un-fortunate situations of lost documents on the day of the vote – it happens.

    • Mysly136

      One of the problems is that sometimes people don’t even know there is an issue created until its time for them to vote. Then its too late. Republicans make it very easy to miss “deadlines” and they don’t exactly tell people in the most honest way. Their goal is not to get you to resolve any voting issue. Their goal is to stop the vote not in their favor.

  • Miller8686

    This is ridiculous. There’s nothing wrong with requiring an ID to vote. It’s about time they started getting this under control. Imagine illegal immigrants in a jury duty pool?

    • Mysly136

      “There is nothing wrong with requiring an ID…” except that this only happens when they are not in office, and except that this is only a tiny fraction of the problem. They want you to think its only about an ID. So you have either been fooled, or you’re hidebound.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/QVFCAQUVQ3GPPJANQUPQXE5QEI killwhat i

        Then, why dont you elaborate instead of saying things and sounding like a conspiracy thumping hippie.

        “maan, you dont even know man, you’re fooled maan”.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/QVFCAQUVQ3GPPJANQUPQXE5QEI killwhat i

        Then, why dont you elaborate instead of saying things and sounding like a conspiracy thumping hippie.

        “maan, you dont even know man, you’re fooled maan”.

  • Zcfox19

    you claim, or allude to the assertion, that voter fraud is an “imaginary” problem, when in fact this has been proven to be a problem as shown here, https://www.theprojectveritas.com/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=100.
    the real solution is to do what california does and make it ok to use utility bills as identity registration = no perceived racist or disenfranchisement because everyone pays utilities

    • Mysly136

      It does not say voter fraud is an imaginary problem. It is really saying Republicans establish new laws to deal with something they are deceptively calling a problem. They are saying voter suppression is their goal.

      I totally agree with you about the utility bill in lieu of an ID. That’s great.

  • Me

    You do not explain why she is unable to obtain a picture ID.

    • http://twitter.com/Anomaly100 Anomaly One Hundred

      It’s answered now.

    • http://twitter.com/Anomaly100 Anomaly One Hundred

      It’s answered now.

  • Erodsel

    The real solution is HELP HER GET AN ID. With an ID, she will have no issues getting to vote.

  • Erodsel

    The real solution is HELP HER GET AN ID. With an ID, she will have no issues getting to vote.

    • Mysly136

      the issue is that she is a US citizen and cannot vote. Get a clue.

      Also, if she cannot vote, she should not have to submit to laws or pay taxes. Period.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002921461291 David LA

        @MYSLY136: It is you who needs a clue. Do to our inability to stem illegal immigration, voter ID laws are needed. Are you saying she should just be able to vote, just like all the illegal immigrants (no ID required)? Stop ignoring the root cause of the issue.

        Why can’t she just go get an ID? Why get lawyers and file a lawsuit instead?

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RSXA3EHD25Q7AWQEH7RT4VT3RY Matt

          Voter fraud doesn’t happen at the polls. It happens when the votes are counted. The right wing wants to go back to the system where only the landed gentry could even vote.

          • Jacktheripper

            this issue will be more likely to affect the elderly (disabled) than the poor. Although you can say the poor more consistently vote democrat…the elderly is a very large republican block…and would likely be affected more by this law than the poor secondary to disability.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002921461291 David LA

        @MYSLY136: It is you who needs a clue. Do to our inability to stem illegal immigration, voter ID laws are needed. Are you saying she should just be able to vote, just like all the illegal immigrants (no ID required)? Stop ignoring the root cause of the issue.

        Why can’t she just go get an ID? Why get lawyers and file a lawsuit instead?

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RSXA3EHD25Q7AWQEH7RT4VT3RY Matt

          Voter fraud doesn’t happen at the polls. It happens when the votes are counted. The right wing wants to go back to the system where only the landed gentry could even vote.

          • Jacktheripper

            this issue will be more likely to affect the elderly (disabled) than the poor. Although you can say the poor more consistently vote democrat…the elderly is a very large republican block…and would likely be affected more by this law than the poor secondary to disability.

      • Jared Moya

        No the real issue is that this poor old lady CANT DO ANYTHING IN SOCIETY without her ID. How is he going to cash her social security checks? Get treated at the doctor? Use a credit card? Take money out of her bank account? Get a loan? Cellphone? Buy a bottle a wine?

        Get a clue.

        • Artistseekingartist

          Alright I get the money and bank account stuff somewhat, even though there are ATM’s, you do not need ID to put money into an account, and people very rarely check ID for credit and debit card purchases, but the craziest thing to my mind is the bottle of wine.

          Dude, she is 93. Would you card her?

      • Jared Moya

        No the real issue is that this poor old lady CANT DO ANYTHING IN SOCIETY without her ID. How is he going to cash her social security checks? Get treated at the doctor? Use a credit card? Take money out of her bank account? Get a loan? Cellphone? Buy a bottle a wine?

        Get a clue.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/QVFCAQUVQ3GPPJANQUPQXE5QEI killwhat i

        You need to get a clue. With no ID of any kind, there’s no proof that shes a US citizen. I think that’s kinda the point with this law, ya know, proving your a citizen.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/QVFCAQUVQ3GPPJANQUPQXE5QEI killwhat i

        You need to get a clue. With no ID of any kind, there’s no proof that shes a US citizen. I think that’s kinda the point with this law, ya know, proving your a citizen.

  • Zcfox19

    you claim, or allude to the assertion, that voter fraud is an “imaginary” problem, when in fact this has been proven to be a problem as shown here, https://www.theprojectveritas.com/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=100.
    the real solution is to do what california does and make it ok to use utility bills as identity registration = no perceived racist or disenfranchisement because everyone pays utilities

  • Kenny Olembo

    this is a specialist case. I’m sure she’ll be attended to. As for all others in similar situations, get it looked into now, before you find you can’t vote. And for those who find themselves in un-fortunate situations of lost documents on the day of the vote – it happens.

  • Cartman

    These types of voters won’t even know this law has been passed. They aren’t internet junkies like the rest of us. Most will find out they can’t vote when they show up at polls. That is how these laws work. They are designed to skim off some X% of voters, with a higher percentage being D registered voters.

  • Mysly136

    One of the problems is that sometimes people don’t even know there is an issue created until its time for them to vote. Then its too late. Republicans make it very easy to miss “deadlines” and they don’t exactly tell people in the most honest way. Their goal is not to get you to resolve any voting issue. Their goal is to stop the vote not in their favor.

  • Mysly136

    It does not say voter fraud is an imaginary problem. It is really saying Republicans establish new laws to deal with something they are deceptively calling a problem. They are saying voter suppression is their goal.

    I totally agree with you about the utility bill in lieu of an ID. That’s great.

  • Cpmondello

    I don’t have a driver’s license, i don’t know where my “long form” birth certificate may be, nor my “index card” size one I used to have, my pass port hasn’t been used since 1985, and that’s if i even can find it, and i don’t have any form of ID with my face or signature on it. Thank god I live in MA, where non of this is needed….yet, to prove I am who I am. If I had to get one of these, I would have to do a few things; travel, pay the cost, show some form of ID. Voting is supposed to be a “right” in the USA, and I’d even say a duty, though in some areas our actual votes don’t really count (ie super delegates pick Presidential pick for state). The “conservatives” and more accurately Right-wing aka Conservative Christians, have been saying, promoting, instilling in their followers that the way to win is to block those who may vote for the other party, from voting. Here is a quote from the 1960s actually expressing concern for this, from his own political party, the Republican party:

    “Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”

    (Source: http://www.panderingpoliticians.com/2012/03/church-and-state-barry-goldwater.html)

  • Mpl632

    This a a lie. She has 6 months to GET A ID and can’t She doesn’t want one. TOTAL BS> TOTALLY

  • Cpmondello

    ps. There is no “voter ID needed” law pushed in non-Democraticly controlled areas, or areas where most would vote for a Democrat. Voter fraud has happened literally only a handful of times, and Ann Coulter being one of them, but she has FBI friend that made sure she didnt get punished. Republicans spend millions apon millions of dollars investigating Democrats, they have whenever they lose the majority. This is wasted tax payer money. When Nixon was almost Impeached, the Dems didnt waste so much time and money as the Repubs did on Clinton, and they got less results with Nixon too.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4BWOXQ4FFBLTABBFYIEKW6E5LU Jason

    You need an ID to…buy liquor, enter our many government buildings, rent a movie…OF COURSE YOU NEED AN ID TO VOTE. Otherwise, how would you prevent voter fraud? How would you prevent someone else from showing up at the polling station and claiming to be her?

  • Adsfs

    why don’t they just give her an ID then?

  • Fred Horein

    She isn’t trying to buy liquor or rent a movie, she’s trying to vote. And for the record, voting is a constitutionally protected right. The same cannot be said of buying liquor, entering government buildings, renting movies, or pretty much anything else you need an ID to do. You’re distracting the issue by comparing apples to oranges.

    Also, voter fraud is rare. Really rare. These laws do more damage to the electoral process by disenfranchising legitimate voters than it solves by preventing voter fraud. These laws serve no legitimate purpose.

  • http://twitter.com/AfroMacnerd Gary Reed

    Jason be real! There are millions of people who don’t have government issued IDs. I really doubt if this lady wanted to buy a drink she would be carded.
    This voter fraud issue nothing more than a lie that is rolled out every election year. The voter ID law in PA is design to hold down voter turnouts.

  • Jacktheripper

    how do you even track voter fraud, if you don’t need an ID to vote. Who is to say johnny didn’t vote for Jim, Jack and, Jerome who vocalize that they never vote because it’s “stupid”…no ID, no way to tell

  • http://www.WebstoreSolutions.com/ Hunter Willis

    Voter fraud appears to have swayed senate elections in Minnesota and in Colorado in the last 5 years. Hard to say that’s “really rare”. But that is the lie the leftists tell you and the one you don’t bother to check.

  • http://www.WebstoreSolutions.com/ Hunter Willis

    Voter fraud appears to have swayed senate elections in Minnesota and in Colorado in the last 5 years. Hard to say that’s “really rare”. But that is the lie the leftists tell you and the one you don’t bother to check.

  • Fred Horein

    I imagine it’s done through audits. A statistically significant number of randomly selected ballots could be gathered and easily investigated with minimal trouble. Ultimately though the details don’t bother me: people who have studied the problem in far greater depth than me have not found large numbers of voter fraud. Many of these individuals (such as Maine’s Secretary of State Charles Summers) were actively looking for voter fraud to support their voter restriction policies, but couldn’t find any in large amounts. Using Charles Summers as an example, the biggest problem with voter fraud that he found (that I’m aware of) were 77 students that were registered to vote in multiple states. I can’t help but notice that these voter I.D. laws do not address that specific issue.

  • Fred Horein

    Oh really? Let me look into these claims.

    Concerning Minnesota (2008 election): http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/10/poligraph_voter.shtml
    “Furthermore, those who were found to violate the law represent far less than 1 percent of the roughly 2.9 million Minnesotans who voted in the 2008 election.” Sounds pretty rare to me.

    Concerning Colorado (2010 election): http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2012/01/23/gessler-cites-voter-fraud-in-2010-election/55272/
    “Six individuals are suspected of voter fraud in the 2010 election, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.” Again, not very common.

    Admittedly, this isn’t a complete picture, but a pattern is clearly emerging here. The truth is, voter fraud is rare, and politicians who claim otherwise are quite frankly lying their ass off. They simply do not have any evidence in their favor. Sadly, facts don’t seem to matter in the current political reality, where whomever barks the loudest is listened to the most.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WDUXEJPPXBQ4FIBD7AGRLIMIKU Kels

    GOP cheat because they have nothing else.

  • Fred Horein

    Oh really? Let me look into these claims.

    Concerning Minnesota (2008 election): http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2011/10/poligraph_voter.shtml
    “Furthermore, those who were found to violate the law represent far less than 1 percent of the roughly 2.9 million Minnesotans who voted in the 2008 election.” Sounds pretty rare to me.

    Concerning Colorado (2010 election): http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2012/01/23/gessler-cites-voter-fraud-in-2010-election/55272/
    “Six individuals are suspected of voter fraud in the 2010 election, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.” Again, not very common.

    Admittedly, this isn’t a complete picture, but a pattern is clearly emerging here. The truth is, voter fraud is rare, and politicians who claim otherwise are quite frankly lying their ass off. They simply do not have any evidence in their favor. Sadly, facts don’t seem to matter in the current political reality, where whomever barks the loudest is listened to the most.

  • JC

    One of this woman’s five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and four great great grandchildren should get off their rear ends and help granny get an ID. The only reason that hasn’t happened is that then she would no longer be the poster child for the anti-ID movement.

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