New Castle News

September 19, 2012

Older voters must act to protect poll access

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

While the legal fight to stop Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID law continues this month at the state Supreme Court, older adults who are currently reregistered and have voted for years must be ready to produce the right identification necessary to vote this November.

Research shows nearly one in five citizens over 65 lacks a current, government-issued photo ID.

Older adults, particularly those living in urban areas, often give up their driver’s license or may never have had one. Seniors are also likely to lack raised seal birth certificates necessary to acquire a new photo ID.

As a non-partisan organization, the American Association of Retired Persons supports encouraging participation among all voters, while assuring the integrity of the voting process.

The facts are there is no evidence of any significant voter fraud at the polls anywhere in Pennsylvania. I have worked at the polls, in various positions, for more than 50 years and currently as a judge; the Voter ID law attempts to solve a problem that doesn’t exist.

So although court challenges to the law are still under way, seniors can’t run the risk of having their votes not counted in November. I encourage people to visit www.votespa.com to learn exactly what identification they will need to vote, and to take advantage of the help available to secure the necessary documents. People need to get out there and vote.

Theo McCracken

Beckford Street

New Castle