Voters in Pennsylvania will have to present identification cards with a picture when they go to cast ballots in the November general election, according to a published report.
Some registered voters who are perfectly valid for the democratic process might not have an identification card but there are many ways of acquiring cards, according to Erie TV News. These ways of acquiring the cards also will help voters in time for the elections in the fall.
Voters are required to have a social security number and a birth certificate or passport. Proofs of residency, such as an invoice for a utility or a payment remitted for a mortgage also are needed. This documentation then may be taken to Photo Identification Centers, from where they may acquire non-license photo identification cards prior to leaving the premises.
But, so as to prevent a last-minute rush, officials with the State of Pennsylvania are advising people in need of identification cards to act sooner rather than later.
"As of right now, we haven't seen a big rush, it's sort of business as usual," Jim Carroll with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation told the news source. "But you never know how that's going to go. So give yourself a little time. I mean why wait until the last minute?"
The agency is driving toward making the procedure as simple as possible for the sake of voters' abilities to seamlessly cast ballots in a few months. For that reason, the agency has eliminated the fee that normally would have applied to a voter identification card if the person can demonstrate that there is no other form of valid photo ID.
Despite a hang up in the courts regarding the state's Voter I.D. law, a leader within the state Democratic party is telling people to still get photo I.D.s.
"We're going to work as though you have to have voter I.D.," chairman Bill Cole with Erie County Democratic told the news source. "We have an awareness campaign going on. There have been several meetings with groups around the city and throughout the county with public officials. So we're going to go as though it's going to be affected for November."
The Times Herald reports Pennsylvania has become the ninth state in the U.S. to mandate voter identification cards as a method of staving off the threats posed by voter fraud. Montgomery County Community College conducted an informational panel discussion on Thursday night, which included a question and answer period.