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Free Voter ID Now Available at PennDOT Centers

Voters need a valid photo ID for the November election and special Voter ID cards are now available at driver's license centers

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvanians have nine weeks and counting to get a valid photo ID in order to vote in November’s general election.

The state Department of Transportation began issuing free special “voting-only” photo ID cards at drivers’ license centers statewide last week. In the Lehigh Valley, the

Residents who want the new ID card will need to provide their name, address, Social Security number and proof of residency. Applicants must complete an application form and sign a document affirming they are registered to vote, but have no other form of identification that can be used at the polls.

“Our goal is to ensure that every person who needs an ID can get one, and this new ID serves as a safety net for those who can’t find or obtain verification documents normally required for a PennDOT secure identification card,” said Barry Schoch, the state Secretary of Transportation, in a statement.

Pennsylvania’s voter ID law was passed in March and upheld by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson earlier this month.

Supporters of the law say it will stamp out voter fraud and ensure all votes are cast legitimately.

Opponents say voters will have a difficult time getting the necessary identification before Nov. 6, in part because there are not PennDOT license centers in all 67 counties.

The voter ID appeal is scheduled to go before the state Supreme Court on Sept. 13 in Philadelphia. The court also will hear oral arguments on the revised state redistricting maps that day.

Contact Eric at Eric@PAIndependent.com or follow @PAIndependent on Twitter.

Cliffy44 September 27, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Jason Kramer - Voter ID would also inhibit deceased people from voting. The only people thjat do not want Voter ID are the obama-loving buttholes that want to cheat; as the Liar-In-Chief has no chance to win in a legitimate election; especially, if he runs on his record. I am very glad that you and I agree on the Voter ID issue; and I have been a poll worker, for the past eight years.
Cliffy44 September 27, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Nick Van Valk - You say that you don't need a photo ID to be a citizen of this country? SO, I guess that you don't have a driver's license, or a means of employment, nor a bank account. Being a citizen does NOT grant you the right to vote, if you've committed a felony. There are some 39 states where responsible citizens realize that the only people that are opposed to this law are the obama-loving buttholes that want to cheat. Some of whom have been paid to vote more than once. I know that because I received an E-Mail trying to solicit me with a monetary incentive to use a dead voter's registration at a polling place other than my own. - How despicable.
Nick Van Valkenburgh September 27, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Cliffy - You have me speechless. I thought we were having an intelligent conversation here. My bad. There is no proof that voter fraud has had any influence on any election outcome, and the citizens, legitimate voters, who are now getting ostracized by these new laws are being railroaded by clever, convincing, and very manipulative Republican-controlled states. It's the conservative right that has coordinated these new laws into eliminating those they could not convince with their weak arguments. I say give every legitimate citizen/voter their Constitutionally-provided right and let's see how the chips fall. Isn't that what this county is all about?
Cliffy44 September 27, 2012 at 07:56 PM
IF someone is legitimately able and allowed to vote, than the Voter ID law should be of no concern to them, whatsoever. It's the obama loving corrupt buttholes that realize that the only way that the muslim will get re-elected is if they cheat. OR the Liar-In-Chief could run on his record. That's a laugh. So tell me - Do you think that you're better off now, than we were 4 years ago? How much did you pay for a gallon of gasoline, 4 years ago???? IF the muslim steals the election (AGAIN), we will never ever be able to vote again; and we will live in an environment that resembles a war-torn nation - complete with destroyed pavement everywhere and with no electricity, on a regular basis. You think that I'm wrong? Dear GOD (and not faggot allah), I hope that I am wrong; and that we never have to find out, once President Romney is in office and the kenyan is either deported or part of his new vocation would involve asking patrons if they want fries with their offer. http://politicaloutcast.com/2012/09/youll-need-an-id-to-prove-youre-a-democrat-but-not-to-vote
Nick Van Valkenburgh September 27, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Wow. At least get your facts straight before you show your ignorance. It's not really all that hard.

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