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PennDOT Issuing Free Voter ID Cards

PennDOT will be issuing free Department of State voter ID cards, which will be a safety net for residents who cannot obtain other types of photo identification.

HARRISBURG – Since the Pennsylvania Voter ID law was enacted in March and upheld this month in Pennsyvlvania court, PennDOT has been working closely with the Department of State to ensure that every voter has the opportunity to obtain photo identification.

Beginning today, Aug. 28, voters who lack verification documents necessary for a secure Pennsylvania Photo ID (non-driver’s license ID card), will be able to obtain a new Department of State voter identification card for free by visiting a PennDOT Driver License Center.

Bucks County

Bensalem
4201 Neshaminy Blvd.
Bensalem, PA 19020

Dublin
Dublin Village Plaza
161 N. Main Street
Dublin, PA 18917

Montgomery County

Huntingdon Valley
Market Place @ Huntingdon Valley
2022 County Line Road
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

Norristown
2101 Swede Road
Norristown, PA 19401

Residents who want the new Department of State Voter ID will need to provide their:

  • name,
  • address,
  • Social Security number,
  • proof of residency and
  • previous name and/or address if changed in the past 12 months.

The applicant must complete a Department of State ID application form and sign a document affirming that they are a registered voter, but have no other form of identification that can be used for voting. Staff at the Driver License Center will contact the Department of State to confirm that the person is registered to vote. Once verified, the person will receive the free Department of State Voter ID, which is valid for 10 years.

For more information on voting and the types of photo IDs that can be used at the polls, visit www.votespa.com or www.dos.state.pa.us.

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Jim August 28, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Will this prevent voter fraud or just give someone another way to commit voter fraud?
David August 28, 2012 at 06:33 PM
That is unknown, Jim, since there has been no voter fraud in Pennsylvania.
William McCloskey August 28, 2012 at 10:26 PM
I came up with a great idea to register the elderly and people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds in Philadelphia. The DMV should set up tables at Old Country Buffet locations and offer a 20% discount to everyone 70 and older for their dinner plus a free ride to the DMV. The DMV could set up a table at Franklin Mills and the Gallery and offer a coupon booklet and a free ride to the DMV to every shopper with a gunshot wound, in loving memory tattoo and triple XL Scarface t-shirt - photo I.D. problem solved in Philly.
JohnHerald August 29, 2012 at 03:35 AM
The information in this press release from the Department of State is incomplete. For example, what is a proof of residency? How long does it take for the state to verify the information? Is the card issued on the spot or sent by mail. Also, the article ends with two URLs where the reader is told they can obtain more information. The second URL - to the DOS website - is the last place to start for anyone who wants to know how they can get a voter ID or where they can find a PennDOT center. On the other hand, the VotesPA website has most of what a voter might need to know, but the path to the answers is torturous. The key information is in a download that's easy enough to access but is poorly written and designed, and like the news release, it leaves many questions unanswered - which then forces the reader back to the main page. The download also includes a link to PennDOT's home page, rather than the linking to the page listing PennDOT centers (the information promised). Anyone who wants to can confirm these statements for themselves by visiting the VotesPA website, but my overall impression is this: The Department of State (as well as PennDOT) has had months to get its act together, and the best public information campaign it could come up with is news releases that are short of useful and web pages and downloads that are more frustrating than helpful.
Cora Rowe August 31, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Way to go Penn Dot

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