Every year Pennsylvania announces its new inductees to the "Voter Hall of Fame" that recognizes individuals who have voted in 50 consecutive elections.
Since the list's creation, 21,000 inductees have been honored for their "commitment to democracy" and of those 5,923 are still living. Now the AFL-CIO reports that one quarter of the living inductees may not be able to cast their ballots this fall under the requirements of the new voter ID law.
The union group matched the database of inductees listed on the Department of State website with the Pennsylvania voter file and found 1,384 voters either have no PennDOT ID or have an ID that expired prior to Nov. 6, 2011.
The state says it is committed to ensuring every registered voter can vote this fall. PennDOT is issuing free non-driver voter IDs to those with birth certificates, Social Security cards and proof of residence and the agency has said it will accept expired licenses dating to 1990 as proof for new non-driver ID. By the end of the month the Department of State will issue a "last resort" voter ID if an individual provides proof of residence and signs an oath that they have exhausted all other avenues.