Protecting the vote for elderly, poor and disabled residents

Mae Singerman, Jewish Social Justice Roundtable Coordinator

The Pittsburgh Jewish Social Justice Roundtable held a forum last night with around three hundred community members. This timely forum puts the Pittsburgh Jewish community on the forefront of voting rights issues for the November election.

Half a dozen officials and community leaders spoke about a new law that has gone into effect in Pennsylvania. The law requires voters to come to the polls with a valid state identification, while only requiring a valid social security number for absentee voters.

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating whether Pennsylvania's new photo identification law discriminates against minorities, according to a letter released on Monday. The ACLU is also heading an effort to overturn the legislation.

According to local media, the panel discussion came one day before a protest planned by the NAACP and other community organizations.