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Media NAACP hosts forum on PA Voter ID Bill

Aug 07

MEDIA, PA – The Media Area Unit NAACP will hold an open forum on current issues surrounding the Pennsylvania Voter ID Bill on Tuesday, August 7, 2012. The forum will be held at the Media Fellowship House at 320 S. Jackson Street in Media, PA from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public.

The featured speaker on the Voter ID court case will be Carl Peridier, member of the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. Mr. Peridier will summarize the state of litigation and recap the most recent efforts of the PA Secretary of State to facilitate voting. “We need to exhaust every effort to inform people concerning this outrageous and confusing law,” said Dr. Joan Duvall-Flynn, president of the Media Area NAACP. “We hold that a poll tax has been levied against nearly one million Pennsylvanians in that they will incur an unnecessary expense to secure the required identification to cast a ballot in November.”

“As well,” Flynn explained, “many people believe they have a valid voter ID when in fact they do not.” We encourage people in the Delaware county area to join us on August 7 and get the most current and correct information to date. Engaged citizens need to understand this law and to help their families and friends to understand it.”

“Under the current law, women, students and the elderly are those in most danger of being denied their right to vote,” stated Leslie Whiteside, Political Action Chair for the Media Area Unit. “We are working to see what arrangements the area colleges and the area retirement centers have made for their clients to have acceptable identifications,” Whiteside said.

The Media Area Unit NAACP has placed links on its web site that will help voters to access information about the change in law for voting in Pennsylvania. As well, the NAACP is actively engaged in voter registration and will accept volunteers for this at the close of the Aug. 7 meeting.

The Information Forum will be followed by a regular local unit meeting.

[Editor’s note: Additional information and articles about Voter ID in Pennsylvania]