Lining up at Center City DMV - some to get voter IDs, others to protest the new law
A provision in the law, which takes effect for the November election, allows applicants to have the $13.50 ID fee waived if they sign an affidavit affirming that the card is only to be used for voting.
Lying in that affidavit could bring a two-year prison term.
Critics say the law will disenfranchise the homeless, the elderly, and the poor, as well as costing the state millions. Proponents of the bill, passed March 14, say it will help protect voters' rights and deter fraud.
A collective-action group of local organizations gathered Wednesday outside the state Department of Transportation center at Eighth and Arch Streets and questioned whether rights were ever in danger in the first place.
"There's no evidence that it needs to be protected," said State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D., Phila). He said state Senate Democrats had retained counsel and hoped to seek court action within the next few days.
The ACLU is also planning to file suit in the next month.
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