93-year-old woman will be lead plaintiff in case against voter ID

Viviette Applewhite, a 93-year-old African-American women from Philadelphia, will be the lead plaintiff in the NAACP and ACLU’s case against the state’s new voter ID law. The voter ID law will now require voters to show a valid driver’s license or other forms of identification in order to be able to vote. Applewhite has been voting for 50 years and because of her age she no longer owns a birth certificate. Since she does not have a driver’s license either, she will not be eligible to vote in the upcoming elections. She says that she has been voting since 1960 and she cast her first vote for President John F. Kennedy. Philly.com reports:

HARRISBURG – Wartime welder, civil-rights marcher, world traveler, voter – Viviette Applewhite of Philadelphia’s Germantown section can boast of having been all those things.

On Tuesday, she added another title: plaintiff.

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Applewhite, who is 93 and uses a wheelchair, became the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed here in state court by the ACLU and the NAACP challenging Pennsylvania’s new law requiring voters to produce a driver’s license or other photo identification before they are allowed to vote.

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