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Jim Cramer On Voter ID Laws: 'My Dad, A Vet, Won't Be Allowed To Vote' (UPDATE)

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Investment guru Jim Cramer is taking a stand on a controversial political issue.

The CNBC personality tweeted on Tuesday:


Jim Cramer
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.

UPDATE: This post has been updated to include Pennsylvania officials' response to Cramer's tweet.

Voter ID laws have become a flashpoint for debate among the political set this election season. More than 32 states have some form of voter ID law in place -- or a requirement that voters show a form of government identification so they can cast their ballot -- according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. At least 11 state governments that came under Republican control in 2010 have passed voter ID laws.

Cramer's tweet got a response from some lawmakers. The Democratic office of the Committee on House Administration tweeted:


CHA Dems
- will personally ensure your dad gets his necessary and transportation to vote.

Supporters of voter ID laws say they’re necessary to prevent voter fraud, though many studies have shown it’s extremely rare. While critics have likened the laws to a modern day poll tax, arguing that they’re being used to disenfranchise certain types of voters that don’t usually have access to government IDs like the poor, minorities and the elderly.

Cramer hasn't exactly been known as a progressive. In June, for example, he said the Supreme Court's ruling upholding health care reform would hurt small businesses.

UPDATE: Officials in Pennsylvania, where Cramer's dad lives, contacted the host and said they will make sure his dad can vote, according to Cramer's Twitter (h/t Talking Points Memo):


Jim Cramer
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
I never meant the Pa law to be a political issue. My dad has never missed an election. He will vote. But i don't know who for!!!

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