Reporting Tony Romeo
By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Hundreds of people rallied on the steps of the state capitol this afternoon against Pennsylvania’s new voter photo ID law.
Near a huge replica of the Liberty Bell festooned with a banner saying, “Overturn Act 18,” Pennsylvania NAACP president Jerome Mondesire fired up the crowd:
“I say to you, and I want you to quote me directly: Tom Corbett is liar! Tom Corbett is a liar! There is no voter ID fraud!”
Mondesire then introduced NAACP senior vice president Hilary Shelton, who told demonstrators that voter photo ID laws are targeted efforts to disenfranchise the most zealous of those who voted in the 2008 presidential election, including minorities and women.
“We know what is going on, and we will not stand for it,” he said. “Indeed, we are fired up and ready to go!”
Speakers exhorted supporters to keep fighting the law while at the same time making sure that everyone who needs an ID gets one.