Meeting on new voter ID law set for July 26


Montgomery County will hold a public meeting next week on the new Voter I.D. law in Pennsylvania.

The meeting will be in the Science Center auditorium at the Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell on Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m.

Ellen Kaplan, vice president and policy director of the Committee of Seventy, a non-partisan voter watchdog group, will speak.

“There is a great deal of confusion and concern about the new Voter I.D. law,” Leslie Richards, a Montgomery County commissioner, said, “and this meeting is one of several steps we are taking to help ensure that the law, if upheld in court, does not prevent anyone who wants to vote from doing so.”

Richards said the aim of the meeting is for voters to learn about the provisions of the law, and how to obtain the forms of identification the law requires.

“Of course, if issues or problems with the law’s implementation are overlooked, we would certainly encourage members of the audience to bring that to our attention,” she said.

Richards said that the county has created a group of individuals who are working to identify issues with the new law and to “seek ways to make sure that everyone who wants to vote can.”

Almost 10 percent of Pennsylvania voters do not have acceptable identification under the law’s provisions, including non-driving seniors. In Montgomery County, that would mean almost 45,000 voters do not have identification that meets the law’s requirement.