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State Law Requires Photo ID to Vote

The law requires voters to present photo identification at the polls, starting with a test run at next month's primary.

Gov. Tom Corbett on Wednesday night signed into law legislation that will require voters to present identification at the polls.

The legislation requires each voter to present proof of identification at every election, beginning with a test-run during the April 24 primary. Voters will be asked to provide photo ID for the primary, but will still be allowed to vote if they don’t have it.

Those who do not have a photo ID will be able to acquire one at no charge from the . The nearest photo center in this area is at the Chartiers Valley Shopping Center.

Information on the process and what is needed to get a photo ID can be found at http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/voter/voteridlaw.shtml.

Matthew Keeler, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of State, said they don't expect delays from additional stress placed on the photo license center because of additional people who will need identification.

“At this point, we knew going forward this would happen,” Keeler said. “We don’t foresee any issues.”

Proponents of the bill, such as House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County, praised the law, saying it will “strengthen voter identification and enfranchise all voters.” According to Turzai, a uniform voter identification requirement “assures all voters will be treated equally and fairly and will prevent some voters from being singled out for identification while other voters are allowed to vote without identifying themselves.”

But state , D-Cecil Township, disagreed. White voted no on the bill saying that several flaws with the legislation jumped out during floor debate.

He pointed to an issue of disabled veterans and their identification. He said because of technical requirements in the legislation regarding acceptable forms of identification, the type now issued to disabled veterans “would not qualify under the bill.”

“It could actually have the unintended consequence of disenfranchising voters who fought and shed blood for our country,” he said.

White added: "Voting is a fundamental, constitutional right, and if we're going to do anything that infringes on that right, we need to make sure no one will be disenfranchised. This bill fails at that spectacularly."

And he said that while proponents of the bill have said the legislation "isn't about the 2012 election, the fact the majority rammed it through after acknowledging that there were flaws certainly makes you wonder whether this was more about politics than policy."

This story originally appeared on Canon-Mac Patch

Mike Jones March 19, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Tom W... You don't need to be work to vote. Since you lost your SS card, can you post information here about how to obtain a new SS card for those who might not have one?
Roger March 19, 2012 at 11:15 AM
MIke, just for the record, the time of assigning a Social Security at birth is a relatively recent provision. I think I was 18 when I got mine. Perhaps it was acquired when I registered for the draft, I don't remember for certain.
Anthony Brown August 17, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Still believing that voter fraud and potential voter fraud does not exist? http://townhall.com/columnists/byronyork/2012/08/13/when_1099_felons_vote_in_a_race_won_by_312_ballots/page/full/ Lets get our head out of the sand and find out how many true unaddressed hardship cases that actually exist- and then help those poor folks out- in the meantime- lets clean up the voter roles and preserve the sanctity of OUR vote.
Mike Jones August 17, 2012 at 03:22 PM
@Anthony... So how does photo ID solve that problem. Convicted felons are allowed to obtain a driver's license when they leave jail, so Voter ID wouldn't come into play with this issue. At this point, who really cares? The court has spoken and now it's up to us to make sure every voter has proper identification.
Anthony Brown August 18, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Here is my thinking- and i am glad to see that you are now accepting of the decision. I do not believe in the approach of admitting that there are holes in the system- but lets do nothing about it until we have verifiable, substantial data that numerous cases have occurred. (Which has happened) If i know that there is a breach in our defense system that will easily allow nuclear suitcase bombs entering the US- I certainly do not want to wait until one decimates a metro area until I will react. There are NUMEROUS cases of voter fraud on numerous levels and avenues. (see example above for one). I am all for vigilance and protection of the vote at all levels- from registration through counting. With all of the garbage ACORN and other taxpayer funded anti american organizations have pulled (again- more convictions)- I want a process in place that is vigilant- not wide open invitations for for fraud. All the hysterics over Florida trying to purge 2 million invalids from the roles really made me sick. I want MY verified vote to be protected and as worthy as all others.

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