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Poll: Do You Agree With the Voter ID Bill?

Nearly 9 percent of state voters lack the ID required to vote in the 2012 general election.

Roughly nine percent of people registered to vote in the state do not have a PennDOT ID number that will be required to vote in the fall general election, according to the a Pennsylvania Department of State comparison of voter registration rolls and PennDOT ID databases.

Do you agree with the Voter ID bill? Tell us in the comments below.

The database comparison provided by the Department of State shows that 91 percent of Pennsylvania's 8,232,928 registered voters have PennDOT ID numbers. Of the 758,939 voters who could not be matched between the Department of State and PennDOT databases, 22 percent, or 167,566, are inactive voters, most of whom have not voted since 2007.

Locally, here is the county-specific breakdown of voters without a PennDOT ID number in the Greater Philadelphia area:

County Voters Without ID Active Voters Inactive Voters Chester 17,928 22,475 4,547 Delaware 33,130 40,547 7,417 Montgomery 37,645 44,952 7,307 Philadelphia 136,182 186,830 50,648

Under HB 934, which voters need to present a state-issued photo ID to vote, except for specific circumstances, such as a religious objection to being photographed, in order to cast their vote.

The following forms of ID can be accepted as proof of identification:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • ID card distributed by any other state or federal agency
  • U.S. passport
  • Student identification or employee identification card
  • Armed forces ID

Voters could also present one of the following documents for review if a photo ID is not present:

  • Firearm permit
  • Current utility bill
  • Crrent bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government paycheck

Any voter not able to produce proof of ID may cast a provisional vote, which must be confirmed by the county board of elections within six days of the election.

Adrian Seltzer August 17, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Information in this article is incorrect as to what you can use for ID in November. Please reply to this post if you have any questions. I am a majority inspector in LM
Adrian Seltzer August 17, 2012 at 08:37 PM
I agree, you should need ID to register to vote, but this law does not address that, so your big revelation is not one. BTW, Pa voter registration does not require ID.
Taylor August 17, 2012 at 09:28 PM
David brings up a good point here... if the powers that be have decided that voter fraud is rampant enough in PA to enact an ID requirement, then something MUST be done to ensure absentee ballots are not part of the problem. If we're going to take an ethical stand, we should do the job completely.
Adrian Seltzer August 18, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Pa just suspended some voter online services due to being too busy to be able to do IDs and that. Oops, guess the judge was wrong to have confidence Pa could do it all.
Adrian Seltzer August 18, 2012 at 02:02 PM
We really need to bring civics back to school curriculum.

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