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Pennsylvania Voter ID law to get strong challenge


HARRISBURG, Pa.—The NAACP will join the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, and other leading organizations to hold a public rally in the Capitol Rotunda at Third and State streets to express continued outrage over the state’s strict voter ID law and to generate awareness for the upcoming court case, which begins Monday, July 15, in Harrisburg. The rally will be held today from 1 to 3 p.m.

Pennsylvania’s voter ID law was enacted in March 2012, and the law was challenged. A judge barred enforcement of the law for the 2012 presidential election and the May primary. Next week’s trial will challenge the law in more detail. The NAACP has strongly opposed the voter ID law, which directly affects communities of color, low-income, senior and urban residents.

Serving as keynote speaker for the rally is the Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, and leader of the ongoing Moral Monday peaceful protests. Others represented include Jerry Mondesire, president of the Pennsylvania NAACP; Vanessa Lowery Brown, a state representative and chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus; and representatives from the AFL-CIO, PLBC, CWA and SEIU.