Plaintiff in Voter ID Lawsuit Gets Temporary ID

The woman was given her ID, the same day her attorneys appealed a judge's ruling upholding the law Applewhite sued over.

Friday, Aug 17, 2012  |  Updated 8:54 AM EDT
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Plaintiff in Voter ID Lawsuit Gets Temporary ID

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Pennsylvanians will need to show photo identification to vote in November.

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One of the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit to block Pennsylvania's new Voter ID law has been granted the identification necessary to cast her ballot despite lacking the documentation required to get the card.

Ninety-three-year-old Viviette Applewhite received her temporary identification card on Thursday, the same day her attorneys appealed a judge's ruling upholding the law Applewhite sued over.

Applewhite, of Philadelphia, testified in July that she was unable to get the necessary documents for an ID because she was adopted early in life, so the name on her birth certificate doesn't match her other paperwork.

State officials say PennDOT is committed to working with applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Applewhite's attorneys questioned the state's motives in granting a card to a woman suing over the law, but The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Applewhite wasn't apparently recognized by the clerk.

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