By Cherri Gregg

By Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition changed its name as it refocuses its efforts on defending the right to vote. Local advocates got a second wind as the countdown begins for Pennsylvania’s voter ID law.

The Coalition convened more than a year ago to help educate voters on the Controversial law, but then went dark after the voter ID law was blocked for the general election and May primary.

But they are back with a new name, the Pennsylvania Voting Rights Coalition, and renewed energy.

“We need the people to rise up for their rights!” says Philadelphia County Commissioner Stephanie Singer.

She says voters must take action regardless of the outcome of the voter ID trial.

“If we want to block the voter ID law, if we want to block the law that’s coming next, we must come out to vote in every election every time,” she explains.

In the meantime the coalition is launching efforts to register and educate voters on the status of the law. They will join the NAACP in Harrisburg for a rally on Thursday.