Official issues plea for aid on voter ID

At a City Hall news conference, City Commission Chairwoman Stephanie Singer (right) asks for help from community leaders to locate and assist voters who lack proper ID.    
At a City Hall news conference, City Commission Chairwoman Stephanie Singer (right) asks for help from community leaders to locate and assist voters who lack proper ID.     (DAVID MAIALETTI / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)
Posted: August 22, 2012

CITY COMMISSION Chairwoman Stephanie Singer on Monday called on local colleges and polling firms to donate resources to identify city residents "least likely to be ready" with a state-approved identification for the Nov. 6 general election.

Singer denounced a ruling last week by a state Commonwealth Court judge who refused to issue a preliminary injunction to prevent the new voter-ID requirement from being used in the upcoming election.

"I need someone to step up," Singer said. "We need some help."

Singer also asked community leaders to draw up lists of people who need IDs, said voters should "adopt" two people without an ID to help them obtain it, and repeatedly stressed that any eligible voter without an ID on Election Day should show up at their polling place and vote using a provisional ballot.

"Don't let them say: 'Oh well, those people didn't want to vote anyway,' " Singer said. "Do not let anti-democracy forces win by convincing you to stay home."

Last week's ruling is being appealed to the state Supreme Court. Singer, who submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in Commonwealth Court, twice expressed doubt about the chances of winning that appeal, saying "the possibilities are slim."


Contact Chris Brennan at brennac@phillynews.com or 215-854-5973. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisBrennanDN. Read his blog at phillyclout.com.

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