By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Commonwealth Court is set to rule this week on the ACLU’s challenge to Pennsylvania’s voter ID law. But, a national civil rights organization has launched a high-tech way to educate voters who they say will need an ID regardless of the outcome.
When the trial on the voter ID law ended 10 days ago, both the state and the ALCU said they would appeal if they lost the case.
“It’s crucial that voters know the key information they need to vote,” says Eric Marshall of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in Washington, DC. The group launched an Election Protection mobile app for smartphones last week so that voters have all the info they need at their finger tips.
“The app itself will allow voters to look up their registration status, see what kind of voting machine they vote on, access a frequently asked questions guide for their state so that they know the identification rules, the absentee ballot rules.”
Marshall advises Pennsylvania voters to get a valid photo ID under the law regardless of the outcome by the Commonwealth Court.
“You can’t bank on the law being overturned; you need to prepare now.”
Marshall says the app is available for smartphones that use both Android and Apple operating systems. He says a Spanish version of the application will launch later this month. For more info on the Election Protection app or to download, click here.