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.
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.