2012-04-19 / Local & State

Highlights Of PA’s New Voter-ID Law

By The Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Highlights of Pennsylvania's new voter-identification law, which will be fully in effect for the Nov. 6 general election:

Before they may cast a ballot, all Pennsylvania voters must show photo identification that contains an expiration date and is current unless otherwise noted.

Acceptable IDs include those issued by the federal or state governments, including a Pennsylvania driver's license that is current or no more than year past its expiration date, a U.S. passport or a U.S military ID with either an expiration date or an indefinite expiration. Also acceptable are employee ID cards issued by federal, state, county or municipal governments; ID cards issued by accredited public or private Pennsylvania universities or colleges; and ID cards issued by a Pennsylvania long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal-care homes.

Voters who do not have an acceptable photo ID will not be permitted to cast regular ballots. However, they may cast a provisional ballot, which will be set aside and counted only if the voter provides proper identification with county election officials within six calendar days.

Voters who lack an acceptable photo ID may be able to get one for free from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, but must produce a Social Security card and either a birth certificate with a raised seal, a certificate of U.S. citizenship or certificate of naturalization plus two proofs of residency, such as a utility bill or a lease agreement.

Voters using absentee ballots must provide their driver's license number, the last four digits of their Social Security number or a copy of an acceptable photo ID when applying for their ballots.

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