Doylestown Great-Grandmother to Continue Fight Against Voter ID Law

Joyce Block, 90, was part of the lawsuit against Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law and said she isn’t giving up, even after a state court upheld the law.


A Doylestown great-grandmother involved in the lawsuit against Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law said she is not giving up, despite a .

Joyce Block said she was disgusted by the state court’s upholding of the law which requires Pennsylvania voters to show an approved identification card before they can vote.

“This is disgraceful. They disenfranchise so many people, and I’m just thoroughly disgusted,” Block said Wednesday morning. “I’m glad we’re going to appeal it. It isn’t over yet.”

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Block, who is 90, tried to get an identification card from the PennDOT office in Dublin, Bucks County, but was denied.

She said her birth certificate and Social Security card are in her maiden name, Joyce Altman, but her Medicare card and current utility bills are in her married name, Block.

“He couldn’t understand why I had a different name,” Block said of the PennDOT employee who refused her. “I told him it was because when I was born, I didn’t know I was going to marry a Block.”

Block said she couldn’t prove her marriage because her marriage certificate is in Hebrew and .

She eventually got her ID, with the help of her grandson-in-law, Det Ansinn, who called on state Sen. Chuck McIlhinney to intervene.

But she joined the American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit against the law because she knows not everyone would have the connections or the wherewithal to ask a state senator for help voting.

“I was still incensed. I’m worried about the people who live in Philadelphia who weren’t given birth certificates,” Block said. “Years ago, black people were treated like non people, and not given birth certificates. What are they going to do?”

While the court fight continues, others, like Block’s granddaughter’s husband, said efforts must ramp up to educate voters about the ID card they will need in order to vote on Election Day.

, a Democrat and president of Doylestown Borough Council, said local groups have started trying to reach voters, but said county government should be doing more to educate people.

“Various local groups have stepped up to the plate, trying to do their best, seeing this is a problem, stepping in and filling the void where government hasn’t really fulfilled its role,” he said.

“Educating people is going to be very important,” Ansinn concluded. “We’re going to have to fight very hard to protect a citizen’s right to vote.”

pbi August 15, 2012 at 04:14 PM
The Democrats need to publicize these Republican governors and their legislatures who have passed these horrible, democracy destroying laws. These governors and legislatures have no patriotism. Vote all of them out in 2014.
Binary Hawk August 15, 2012 at 06:18 PM
This is such a travesty of justice! If necessary, a Constitutional Crisis should be created to highlight this attempt to deny voters, of any party, their constitutional right to vote. Obama and/or the Department of Justice should activate the National Guard and prevent any and all states from denying voters their right to vote. This is nothing but an attempt by the republican legislatures in these states to make it more difficult for democratic leaning voters to exercise their right to vote. The world will know how the republicans are disenfranchising the American people. More importantly, they US will have a hard time promoting democracy in other countries when they deny democracy in America. Wright was right!
Jackie Grant August 15, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I swear I cant watch these people steal another election, My head is about to blow off. This will be the 3rd election thats been stolen. Are we supposed to just stand by and watch Corbett hand the presidency to fucki# Romey. Bush stole Florida in 2000 , Ohio in 2004 and now Ohio and Pennsylvania will be given just fuckin# given to Mitt the Twitt !!! NOT AGAIN!!!
Al Breeck August 15, 2012 at 06:51 PM
"The judge added that he believed that several of the individuals presented as examples of those unable to travel to obtain a photo ID card would qualify for absentee voting." The Judge unbelievably does not know that only certain classes of people can vote ABSENTEE. http://www.votespa.com/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=1174088&parentname=ObjMgr&parentid=7&mode=2 ONLY REGISTERED VOTERS can vote absentee. Only Military servicemembers out of state Only the ill or infirm Only poll workers too busy to vote Only government workers required to be out of state. The Judge just embarrassed himself.
Robert Fiorentino August 16, 2012 at 02:22 PM
This just shows how really un-inspiring Republicans find Mitt Romney, that they can't even imagine him carrying any of these states so they resort to these kinds of tactics.
Richard August 16, 2012 at 04:26 PM
There have been many examples of vote fraud all over the country. Examples of felons voting in MN. Non-citizens voting in FL. People voting 2 or more times in FL. and, of course, the dead being resurrected by ACORN all over the nation.. The question here is why the Democrats hate voter ID so much? Of course, I have a few ideas...and I am sure Sen. Al Franken knows why. You have to show photo ID to by OTC drugs and cigarettes. To buy a drink. To enter some office buildings. If you care enough to want to vote, take the steps necessary to get a photo ID....or ask your grandson-in-law to help.
Richard August 16, 2012 at 04:26 PM
...buy OTC...
FayPax August 18, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I moved to Kansas and had to jump through hoops to register. I still have not received my voters registration card. It's a disgrace. http://www.thepragmaticpundit.com/2012/08/i-could-not-register-to-vote-voter.html
Jeff Lugar August 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM
They hate voter ID because the requirement is being rushed through with little time for people to get the necessary credentials to cast a vote. If you're going to create a voter ID law, it should be done in an odd-numbered off-year and in all states, not pushed through the year of a presidential election and conveniently only in states where the requirement benefits one party more heavily.
Cindy Brown August 22, 2012 at 09:24 PM
The f'ing idiot that f'd with Ms. Block should've been FIRED. He knew what was going on, he just didn't want a senior Dem to vote. F him!!!! Don't see why in the HELL, they'd not accept a Hebrew marriage certificate. Are they ALL prejudiced IDIOTS!!!!! Must be.
Adrian Seltzer September 07, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Sign and share the petition to postpone the PA voter ID http://signon.org/sign/postpone-pa-voter-id


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