Have the Obamanites hit a dead end in fighting the voter ID law?
The “star witness” against Pennsylvania Voter ID just got herself an ID card
By: John Hayward
8/17/2012 01:35 AM
Vote-fraud defenders have been using Viviette Applewhite, a
93-year old Pennsylvania woman whose birth certificate copies were
destroyed in two separate house fires, as the “star witness” against
Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID law. Her Social Security card was stolen a
while ago, and she doesn’t have a drivers’ license. Without either
birth certificate or SS card, this sweet old lady would be ruthlessly
“disenfranchised,” because she couldn’t get one of the new photographic
voter ID cards the state is handing out.
Except… the day after a judge refused to issue a temporary injunction
against the voter ID law, Applewhite hopped on a bus, went to the
PennDOT center, and got herself an ID card. She apparently did this
without consulting the vote-fraud defenders that have been using her as a
prop in their legal battles. Now they’ll need a fire hose to clean the
egg from their faces.
The Philadephia Inquirer article
reads like a horror story for voter ID opponents. The Pennsylvania law
grants discretionary powers to Department of Transportation clerks, who
are permitted to take the age of the applicant into consideration.
Applewhite was not entirely without documentation – she had a 20-year
old Medicare card with some illegible numbers, hand-written Department
of Public Welfare documents, and some other material that verified her
address. One of the biggest sticking points was that her last name had
been changed through marriage.
The clerk carefully looked over her paperwork, decided it was good
enough, and issued her voter ID card. A delighted Applewhite rode the
bus home with her pocketbook open in her lap, gazing fondly at her new
ID card, while telling fellow passengers she was “happy as a clam.”
When she got home, she gushed to a neighbor, “I didn’t fight for
nothing. I fought and got my rights.” She wasn’t trying to shred the
duly enacted laws of the state, as part of some huge political drama.
She just wanted her voter ID.
The defenders of vote fraud have been reduced to hysterical antics in
the wake of Applewhite’s personal triumph. Penda Hair, co-director of
something called the “Advancement Project,” sneered that “PennDot was
flexible providing the ID without Mrs. Applewhite having the documents
required by law. We wonder if that would be the case for someone who
wasn’t a lead plaintiff in a lawsuit and the subject of a lot of
attention in the press.” But the Inquirer sent a reporter
along with Applewhite, and this observer “saw no sign that the clerk
recognized her or realized she was a major figure in the battle over the
State ACLU director Witold Walczak’s warned there were “thousands of
Ms. Applewhites out there who still don’t have ID. It would be nice if
PennDOT relaxed the rules for all of them.” Oooga-booga! There are still monsters under the bed! Trust us!
Walczak is as disingenuous as the defenders of vote fraud always are. As verified by the Inquirer’s observer, the state did not “relax” any rules for Applewhite. It followed the
rules, which proved flexible enough to handle the most extreme hard
case the ACLU could dig up. Actually, an even better ending for the
story would have been issuing a new birth certificate to Applewhite, who
said she has been trying unsuccessfully to obtain one for years. It
has always been puzzling why these vast, well-funded “civil rights
organizations” didn’t use their resources to help her, instead of using
her as a puppet in the courtroom.
Well, okay, it’s not “puzzling” at all. I was just being polite. Game, set, and match for voter ID.
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