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Why Hundreds of Pennsylvanians Braved the Rain to Get an ID

Pa. voter David Holmes and AFL-CIO Vice President Arlene Holt Baker pose outside the DMV.

A little rain never hurt anybody and it certainly didn't stop hundreds of Pennsylvania voters from getting their voter IDs today at the Driver & Vehicle Services  office in Pittsburgh. 

Pennsylvania voters who need IDs—thanks to a new state law that disenfranchises hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania residentsincluding civic-minded seniors— were assisted by representatives from the NFL Players Association (NFLPA), along with the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and various community groups. Because of the new law, Pennsylvania state officials say that more than 785,000 voters don’t have a state-issued photo identification.

AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker attended the event and posed for a photo with Pittsburgh resident David Holmes, who was able to obtain an ID today. 

Nolan Harrison, former NFLPA member and defensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers, attended the event. Harrison says:

It doesn’t matter if I’m talking to my mother, my sister, my friend or my teammate, everyone needs to know about the new law so they can exercise their right to vote.        

Harrison blogged about the event for AARP. Read: "On A Rainy Day In Steeler Country Volunteers Were Asked 'Am I My Brother’s Keeper?'"

Last week, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments against the state’s voter suppression law that Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (R) said “is gonna allow [former Massachusetts] Gov. [Mitt] Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania.” A ruling is expected by early October. Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports the state Supreme Court has ordered that the law be returned to a lower court for a speedy hearing on how the state is implementing it to ensure all voters have access to appropriate state-issued photo identification.

View more photos from the Pittsburgh event below:

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Thirty-four states introduced voter ID requirements that would effectively disenfranchise more than 21 million eligible voters who don’t have the required IDs—mostly people of color, low-income voters, students, seniors and people with disabilities.

The AFL-CIO My Vote, My Right website offers hands-on information on voter registration, voter ID laws and steps to take to protect your right to vote on Election Day. Find out what you need to know to make sure your vote counts this year. Get information on voter registrationyour voting rights by state and more at the AFL-CIO’s

Have questions about your voting rights? Call 866-Our-Vote (866-687-8683).

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