Take Action: New Mandatory Voter ID Law

April 1, 2012

A new law will require voters to show an official photo ID card in order to vote. Until now, voters just had to show their voter card or other ID the first time they went to their polling place. Now, they must show government-issued photo ID (U.S. passport or PA driver’s license/ID card) each and every time they go to vote. Alternative acceptable ID forms includes student ID from an in-state college, ID from a nursing home or assisted living facility, and military or veterans’ ID.
For the April 29 primary, officials will ask to see ID at the polls, but it’s not mandatory. It will be mandatory in the fall general election.
Need a state ID? Go to a License Center with your Social Security Card,  TWO proofs of residency (lease agreements, current utility bills, mortgage documents, W-2 form, tax records), and one of the following:

  • Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Valid U.S. Passport
  • Birth Certificate with a raised seal

College Students can use their room assignment paperwork and a bill, bank statement or paystub with their dorm room address on it as proof of residence. Individuals who don’t have any bills, leases, etc. in their name may bring the person with whom they are living along with their Driver’s License or Photo ID to a driver license center as one proof of residence.
The ID card fee is $13.50, but that will be waived if you fill out an Oath/Affirmation Voter ID Card.

The ACLU of Pennsylvania is preparing a legal challenge. If you or anyone you know will be hindered from voting because of the difficulty in obtaining a photo ID, call 238-ACLU(2258) or email voterid@aclupa.org.

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