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Local civic meeting discusses new voter ID law

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Den­nis Lee, a chief deputy city elec­tions com­mis­sion­er, wore a “Photo ID. Ask Me” but­ton last week as he ad­dressed the Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood civic as­so­ci­ation meet­ing.

Some people be­lieve that the state’s new voter iden­ti­fic­a­tion law will lead to con­fu­sion at the polls on Nov. 6.

“We want long lines,” Lee said.

Lee wants long lines due to in­terest in the elec­tion, not may­hem be­cause voters can­not pro­duce iden­ti­fic­a­tion.

The over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of voters will prob­ably show their driver’s li­censes to be able to cast a bal­lot. Oth­er ac­cept­able forms of ID in­clude pass­ports, mil­it­ary iden­ti­fic­a­tion cards, gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ee cards, care fa­cil­ity cards and cards is­sued to col­lege stu­dents, fac­ulty and em­ploy­ees.

People without photo iden­ti­fic­a­tion can ob­tain a non-driver’s li­cense card for free at PennDOT driver’s li­cense cen­ters. They must bring their So­cial Se­cur­ity cards; birth cer­ti­fic­ates or pass­ports; and two proofs of res­id­ency, such as lease agree­ments, mort­gage doc­u­ments, W-2 forms, tax re­cords or cur­rent util­ity bills.

All iden­ti­fic­a­tion must in­clude an ex­pir­a­tion date that is cur­rent.

People who do not have iden­ti­fic­a­tion or the ne­ces­sary doc­u­ments can still get voter iden­ti­fic­a­tion cards, good for 10 years, by vis­it­ing a driver’s li­cense cen­ter and giv­ing their names, ad­dresses, So­cial Se­cur­ity num­bers and proofs of res­id­ence, such as util­ity bills. The cards will be is­sued be­fore the in­di­vidu­als leave the fa­cil­ity.

Lee urged people without iden­ti­fic­a­tion to ob­tain cards long be­fore Elec­tion Day to avoid long lines.

“Do not wait,” he said.

In re­lated news, the Rhawn­hurst Nat­ur­ally Oc­cur­ring Re­tire­ment Com­munity will wel­come a Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty rep­res­ent­at­ive to its next meet­ing to dis­cuss voter iden­ti­fic­a­tion. The meet­ing will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27, at noon at Rhawn­hurst Pres­by­teri­an Church, 7701 Lor­etto Ave.

For more in­form­a­tion on the is­sue, call the Pennsylvania De­part­ment of State toll-free at 1-877-VotesPA, or call the Com­mit­tee of Sev­enty toll-free at 1-866-OUR-VOTE or go to www.sev­enty.org/vo­ter­ID

In oth­er news from the Aug. 20 meet­ing:

* Max My­ers Play­ground, at 1601 Heller­man St., will be hold­ing flower ar­ran­ging classes at 7 p.m. on the fol­low­ing Fri­days: Sept. 28, Oct. 19, Nov. 30 and Dec. 21.

The Decem­ber class will fea­ture hol­i­day-themed ar­range­ments.

The cost is $5 per class. Re­ser­va­tions are re­quired. Par­ti­cipants should bring a mug and scis­sors.

Call 215-685-1242 or email Pam at pam­s­petals1@ya­hoo.com

* Take Back Your Neigh­bor­hood, which cov­ers Castor Gar­dens and the 19111 and 19149 ZIP codes, will meet again on Monday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at Max My­ers. The guests will in­clude Lor­rie McKin­ley, an at­tor­ney who deals with dis­ab­il­ity is­sues.

At the Oct. 15 meet­ing, speak­ers will in­clude rep­res­ent­at­ives of the Get Healthy Philly farm­ers mar­ket and The Bridge, which treats young people with drug, al­co­hol and men­tal prob­lems.

More in­form­a­tion on the group is avail­able at www.take­back­y­ourneigh­bor­hood.org

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