I have a problem. My dad, a vet, won’t be allowed to vote in Pa. because he does not drive, he is elderly, and can’t prove his citizenship.— Jim Cramer (@jimcramer) September 11, 2012
Cramer’s father would have been one of 750,000 registered votes in Pennsylvania who do not have photo identification cards from the Department of Transportation, taking away their voting rights on November 6. But thanks to his son, the new voter ID law will allegedly no longer prevent Mr. Cramer from voting. Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation saw Jim Cramer’s tweet and promptly contacted him that that would make sure his father can vote.
Seven hours later, the Mad Money host sent out a series of tweets addressing the issue.
PennDot read my Tweet and came directly to the rescue of Pop and did so in a terrific way so he can vote.. Thank you Penndot!— Jim Cramer (@jimcramer) September 11, 2012
When my dad and i talked about this we had no idea how to turn and he LOVES the right to vote. I praise Twitter for making things right…— Jim Cramer (@jimcramer) September 11, 2012
Hey look, Pop’s 90. He went twice to Motor Vehicles by bus. He waited and waited. He could not wait more. But it has been solved. Thanks 2 u— Jim Cramer (@jimcramer) September 11, 2012
Although Jim Cramer’s father has been assured that he will be allowed to vote, what about the roughly 749,999 others who will have trouble voting under this law? It’s expected to impact elderly voters and students the most.
All eyes are on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week as the hearing on the constitutionality of the state’s voter ID law begins on Thursday.
The law is also being investigated by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to determine whether Pennsylvania’s voter ID law is discriminatory under the Voting Rights Act. With just 56 days to go until the election, voters in the state are scrambling to get the identification they need for November.