Moore was one of several clergy members and community leaders who voiced their concerns about the 5-month-old law at the Bright Hope Baptist Church at 12th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia.
"The question is why do we need the law?" asked Bright Hope's senior pastor, Kevin Johnson.
Proponents of the law say it is necessary to combat voter fraud. But opponents argue that actual cases of fraud are practically non-existent and that the move is a smokescreen to restrict hundreds of thousands of likely Democratic voters, particularly minorities, the poor, the uneducated and the elderly, from casting their ballots.
"It's a way to discourage voters and suppress voters," Johnson said. The problem is greater "in the African-American and Hispanic communities," he said.
The most common form of photo ID is a state-issued driver's license. PennDOT recently released a list of 759,000 voters who may not have PennDOT IDs and another list of 906,000 with expired IDs that wouldn't be accepted at polling places in November.
Philadelphia City Commissioner Stephanie Singer said it is estimated that about 9.2 percent of Pennsylvania residents and 18 percent in Philadelphia don't have a photo ID.
As an added obstacle, Johnson said, some residents live 10 miles from a PennDOT office. Churches have taken some parishioners in vans or buses to get photo IDs. "But what happens to those who are not connected to a faith community?" he asked.
Ellen Mattleman Kaplan, vice president and policy director of the Committee of Seventy, said some people who made it to the PennDOT offices have faced long lines, and she worries that hundreds of voters won't be able to make the trip before the election.
"We ought to do everything possible to help people get out and vote, not put up a stumbling block," Moore said.
The American Civil Liberties Union, the NAACP, the League of Women Voters and several Pennsylvania residents have challenged the state law in Commonwealth Court. Judge Robert E. Simpson is expected to rule this week.
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