- Rep. Sandra Major (R-Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) reminded residents of a new law in place in Pennsylvania that requires all voters to present valid photo identification at their polling place in order to cast their vote.
Act 18 of 2012 requires all registered voters to present a valid form of identification at the polls as a way to preserve the integrity of the electoral process.
All photo IDs must contain an expiration date that is current, unless noted otherwise. The following types of identification are acceptable according to the law:
* Pennsylvania driver's license or non-driver's license photo ID (IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date).
*Valid U.S. passport
* U.S. Military ID-active duty and retire military ( a military or veteran's ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite). Military dependents' ID must contain an expiration date.
*Employee photo ID issued by federal, state, county or municipal government.
* Photo ID cards from an accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning.
* Photo ID cards issued by a Pennsylvania care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes.
"This new law serves to strengthen the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 that requires proof of ID when voting for the first time at a polling place," said Major. "Most voters have a diver's license or other acceptable form of ID that they can simply show when voting at the polls. For the few who do not have ID, they can obtain free ID cards from PennDOT."
For those with religious objections to being photographed, a valid without-photo driver's license, or a valid without-photo ID card issued by PennDOT will be acceptable forms of ID at the polls.
If an individual does not possess any of the allowable forms of ID, he or she may obtain a free photo ID from a PennDOT driver licensing center. The voter must first affirm he or she has no other form of ID and may then proceed using PennDOT's existing procedures for obtaining a non-driver ID.
For those who are not able to provide all of the documents they would normally need to obtain a photo ID from PennDOT, such as a birth certificate, they can obtain a free voter ID card from the Department of State, which will also be issued through PennDOT licensing centers.
Voters who appear at the polls in November without photo ID will have the opportunity to vote by provisional ballot. They will then need to present valid identification within six days of the election to the appropriate county Board of Elections.
For additional information on the new law, visit Major's website at www.RepMajor.com.