The state of Pennsylvania is moving forward with identification cards that voters may use to ease the process of complying with state voter laws, according to a published report.
The Department of State directs elections in Pennsylvania and will announce the card within a month, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. Voters may pick up the card at Department of Transportation centers throughout Pennsylvania.
The program is motivated by aiding voters whose efforts have not produced the kind of identification mandated by new laws on the books in preparation for elections this fall.
"If you can't meet the PennDot requirements for a non-driving ID because you are having trouble getting the necessary documentation together, there will be a way for you to obtain the Department of State ID for voting purposes only," spokesman Nick Winkler with the Department of State told the news source on Thursday.
The state of Pennsylvania mandates residents who are pursuing identification for purposes other than driving to supply their social security card, a birth certificate with a seal that is raised, proof of U.S. citizenship or naturalization or a passport, and proof of residency.
The spokesman did not expound what the new identification cards will look like. Neither did he describe all requirements for acquiring one of the cards as they presently are being ironed out.
Attorneys representing the interests of the state of Pennsylvania argue that the law for ID cards does its part to help preserve the rights of honest, law-abiding voters as it staves off fraud during elections. By contrast, the American Civil Liberties Union has its concerns about the cards due to worries about privacy.
In addition, the legislature of the state of Pennsylvania is charged with regulating elections, which the card helps with.
The Associated Press reports Secretary of State Carole Aichele said the card will be available toward the end of August and it will be valid for 10 years.