2012-05-31 / Family

Birth Certificate Rule Dropped For Pa. Voter IDs

By MARC LEVY

ASSOCIATED PRESS

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – State officials say they’re still trying to remove hurdles for people to get the kind of identification that’s required in Pennsylvania by one of the nation’s toughest voter ID laws.

Secretary of State Carol Aichele said Wednesday the state can now certify the birth records of Pennsylvania natives without them having to pay $10 for a duplicate birth certificate with a raised seal.

A birth certificate is one of the documents required to get a state photo ID for the first time. A person seeking an ID must visit a PennDOT drivers’ license center.

Pennsylvania’s twomonth old voter ID law is being challenged in court by 10 registered voters, including some who say they can’t get a valid ID because their birth states don’t have their birth certificate on file.

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