Last week, 105-year-old Alice Carlson went to a DMV in Pennsylvania to get a photo ID. She was accompanied by state Rep. Mario Scavello, who had given her a ride to the DMV. When Carlson tried to get her ID, she was informed that the DMV computer system did not recognize ages above 104. After about 90 minutes, and the insistence of state Rep. Mario Scavello, DOT officials eventually found a way to get her an ID. The Pennsylvania DOT has now adopted a paper method to accommodate any other persons over the age of 104 who might want to might need to get a photo ID.
On top of the many logistical challenges that Carlson had to overcome to get her photo ID, the problems that Carlson faced at the DMV are troubling, to say the least. During the Pennsylvania trial, the state heard testimony from dozens of ordinary citizens who, although eligible to vote, were unable to get the ID they now needed to vote under the new law. How many people don't have access to a state representative to help them get the ID they need to vote?
The voter ID law that has been so hastily passed and implemented makes even less sense considering that Pennsylvania acknowledged during the voter ID trial in August that not only has there been no in-person voter fraud in the state, but the state doesn't expect it to be a problem this November, either. In fact, nationally, there were only nine possible cases of in-person voter impersonation between 2000 and 2007 (the only kind of fraud that voter ID laws address).