...Lawmakers (click title to entry - thank you) proposed 62 photo-ID bills
in 37 states in the 2011 and 2012 sessions, with multiple bills introduced
in some states, including two by Democrats in Rhode Island. Ten states
have passed strict photo-ID laws since 2008, though several face legal
A News21 analysis found that more than half of the 62 bills were sponsored
by members or conference attendees of the American Legislative Exchange
Council (ALEC), a Washington-based, tax-exempt organization.
Pennsylvania's law, which is counted among that group, was sponsored by
Republican State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, an ALEC member. The law has been
challenged in court and a decision is expected this week. Signed into law on
March 14, the law requires an acceptable photo ID....
Though she has made it a personal point to tell her story, the whole thing has become a bit daunting at times.
"It's fair to say that the attention has been a little overwhelming," said Sara Mullen, associate director of the Pennsylvania ACLU. "I've been limiting the calls and the interviews."
Applewhite, who is in a
wheelchair, traveled to Harrisburg to testify last month. Not long afterwards, she was aboard a bus that was involved in an accident on Roosevelt Boulevard.
The collective toll of it all has left Applewhite with doctor's orders to rest up, according to Mullen, who noted in an email to NewsWorks that the nonagenarian is not feeling "terribly well."
Judge Robert Simpson is expected to hand down a decision any day now. An appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is almost guaranteed regardless of the ruling....
Viviette Applewhite, 93, has been inundated with attention and interview requests related to the voter ID lawsuit. (Kimberly Paynter/for NewsWorks)