The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is still deciding on whether to allow the state's new rules that require voters to show picture ID when voting will be allowed this election. In case it is approved, Kathleen Herbert went to a downtown Philadelphia DMV office to get her photo ID updated for voting. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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A child waits with a box of food at a mobile food bank in Oswego, N.Y., in June. New census data show that 46.2 million people in the U.S. lived below the poverty line last year. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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In South Carolina, Pennsylvania and several other states, new voter ID laws are being challenged in court just eight weeks before the general election. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Protesters hold signs in Allentown, Pa., om July 25 as the Commonwealth Court holds hearings on voter ID laws. Stephen Flood/Express-Times /Landov hide caption

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Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama poses with National Urban League President Marc Morial on Aug. 2, 2008. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP hide caption

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A voter casts a ballot during the Republican primary election April 24 in Philadelphia. Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images hide caption

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Support group members Pamela Travis (from left), Dominique Martin, Yovanda Dixon, Shanna Chaney and Ramona Shewl hold a meeting as part of the Family Independence Initiative. The Oakland nonprofit encourages low-income families to form small groups to help each other get ahead. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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A worker dismantles a mattress at a recycling facility in Oakland, Calif. The material will be used to make carpet products and proceeds will help support the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County, a nonprofit that helps low-income families in Eugene, Ore. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Shyanne (left) holds 1-year-old Makai, as Stepp checks to see if all of Shyanne's homework has been completed. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Devora Trapp, 24, picks up her 8-month-old son, Dardarius Taylor, late one evening at the Opportunity House's Second Street Learning Center, a 24-hour day care center for low-income families in Reading, Pa. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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A Republican primary voter walks to her polling precinct in January in St. Petersburg, Fla. Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Faith and Freedom Coalition has gone as far as sponsoring a race car with "Register to Vote" emblazoned on the side. Reed Sorenson drove the No. 32 car during a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway on April 28 in Virginia. Russell LaBounty/LAT for AP hide caption

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