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The law requires Pennsylvania voters to present a valid photo ID at the polls before voting in November’s election. Valid forms of photo identification include driver’s licenses, military IDs, college IDs, local or county government employee IDs and photo IDs from state care facilities. Most Pennsylvania state college IDs will not be accepted because they do not have expiration dates.
The state’s Department of Transportation is required to provide free IDs for any prospective voters who do not have the requisite form of identification. As many as 1.3 million Pennsylvania voters lack the required form of ID, according to testimony from Matt Barreto, a Seattle political scientist from the University of Washington who was called to the stand by lawyers from The Advancement Project, a civil rights advocacy group challenging the law.
Penda Hair, co-director of the Advancement Project, told ABC News that it was “ludicrous to think that any significant percentage” of the more than 1 million Pennsylvanians who do not have a valid photo ID will be able to get one before November’s election.
“I think the intent was for it to affect the elections,” Hair said. “Elections in Pennsylvania are ordinarily decided by margins that are less than 1 million voters. That’s how many voters we are talking about being barred from voting this fall.”
What do you think about this? Is it fair or unconstitutional?Answer Question
Answer by NotPanicking at 3:16 PM on Aug. 17, 2012
Answer by NannyB. at 3:21 PM on Aug. 17, 2012
The only reason this is happening is to help Romeny win. The gop is on tape saying we can win Pennsylvania if we pass this law. There was no proof of voter fraud, not one case. This is just sad.
Answer by okmanders at 3:30 PM on Aug. 17, 2012
I think it's fair and constitutional. Assuming someone is incapable of obtaining a state issued ID is not only an excuse, it's an insult. There are many things that one needs an ID for. The state is assuming the cost of the identification. I don't feel that this disenfranchised any voter and I think it's completely reasonable to expect to get an ID within an 80 day span.
Answer by QuinnMae at 3:35 PM on Aug. 17, 2012
Answer by QuinnMae at 4:03 PM on Aug. 17, 2012
Answer by NotPanicking at 4:07 PM on Aug. 17, 2012
Answer by Anonymous at 4:07 PM on Aug. 17, 2012