Voter ID Law

Voter ID

Voter ID law update

  1. IF YOU ARE A FIRST TIME VOTER AT A POLL, ONLY THEN ARE YOU REQUIRED TO SHOW AN ID
  2. YOU WILL BE ASKED TO SHOW AN ID. IF YOU HAVE ONE YOU MAY SHOW IT, BUT ARE NOT REQUIRED TO SHOW IT.
  3. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN ID AND ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE AT THAT POLL, YOU MAY STILL VOTE, AND IF YOU ARE PREVENTED OR ASKED TO FILL OUT A PROVISIONAL BALLOT, CONTACT LOCAL ELECTION AUTHORITIES OR COMMITTEE OF SEVENTY AT 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Signed into law on March 14, 2012, Act 18, Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law will have a direct impact on citizens who exercise their right to vote. Under the latest court ruling, voters will NOT be required to show a photo ID in order to vote in November’s General Election. However, eventually voters will be required to show a valid form of identification in order to vote, as the law currently stands under the court ruling.

 If you do not have a valid form of identification, the state will provide one to you at no cost.  Take the steps now to make sure that your vote counts in future elections. My staff and I will gladly help you ensure that you have all of the proper documentation to obtain a state-issued ID. Please do not hesitate to contact my offices for assistance.

My staff and I will gladly help you ensure that you have the proper documentation to obtain a state-issued ID. Please do not hesitate to contact me for assistance.

Acceptable Forms of ID

Under the latest court ruling, voters will NOT be required to show a photo ID in order to vote in November’s General Election. 

If you have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or non-driver’s ID that was expired back to 1990, you may either present that expired ID or give your name at your local Driver’s License Center and a completed PennDOT Oath/Affirmation Voter ID form in order to receive a free valid voter ID. If your Pennsylvania driver’s license or non-driver’s ID is expired prior to 1990, call PennDOT’s Customer Care Center at 1-800-932-4600 to verify if your information is still in the PennDOT database.

All photo IDs MUST contain an expiration date that is current, unless otherwise noted. The following forms of identification will be accepted in order to vote:

  • Photo ID issued by the federal government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (including any PennDOT issued voter ID card).
  • PA Driver’s License or non-driver’s ID (for voting purposes, IDs expired 12 months or less will be acceptable).
  • U.S. military ID – both active duty and retired military identification that contains an expiration date (or where expiration date is defined as indefinite).
  • Employee photo ID issued by federal, PA, PA county or PA municipal government.
  • Photo ID from an accredited PA public or private institution or higher learning, including colleges, universities, seminaries, community colleges and other two-year colleges.
  • Photo ID issued by a PA care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes.

If you do not have any of the forms of Photo Identification listed above, you are eligible to apply for a Free Valid ID 

How To Apply for a Free Valid ID

Under the latest court ruling, voters will NOT be required to show a photo ID in order to vote in November’s General Election. 

Those without an acceptable form of identification may get one at no cost at the local PennDOT Driver License Center if they still have their EXPIRED Pennsylvania driver’s license, their EXPIRED Pennsylvania non-driver photo ID, or if their information is still in PennDOT’s system, which can be verified by calling PennDOT at 1-800-932-4600.

If you do not have proper photo ID, visit a PennDOT Driver License Center with the following paperwork:

  • A completed PennDOT Oath/Affirmation Voter ID form that you do not possess proper ID to vote
  • A completed Application for an Initial Photo Identification Card; form DL-54A
    • there is no need to bring any supporting documentation since identity and residency were previously validated by PennDOT. The voter should provide his or her current address on the application. (The $13.50 fee will be waived with the completed Oath/Affirmation Voter ID form)

If you do not have a Pennsylvania photo ID or a driver’s license, visit a PennDOT Driver License Center with all of the following paperwork:

If you do not have a Birth Certificate with a raised seal and are a Pennsylvania native, you may do the following:

  • Tell the PennDOT customer service representative you are a Pennsylvania native who needs a photo ID for voting purposes, and you do not have a certified copy of your birth certificate;
  • Sign an oath/affirmation that they do not have an acceptable form of ID for voting purposes and the photo ID is needed for voting purposes;
  • Show a Social Security card and two proofs of residence, such as a deed, lease, tax bill, or utility bill;
  • Fill out a DL-54A form requesting a non-driver photo ID and;
  • Fill out an  HD01564F (Request for Certification of Birth Record for Voter ID Purposes Only) form, which collects information such as birth name, mother and father’s name and place of birth. This form is available at driver’s license centers.

Registered voters who do not have all of the proper documentation (such as a birth certificate) are able to apply at a PennDOT Driver License Center for a free, on-the-spot voter ID, according to the PA Department of State. Applicants will be required to provide the following information:

  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Two proofs of residency
  • Previous name and/or address if changed within the past 12 months
  • PennDOT Oath/Affirmation Voter ID form that you do not possess proper ID to vote

 

Filing an Absentee Ballot

Under the latest court ruling, voters will NOT be required to show a photo ID in order to vote in November’s General Election. 

To cast an absentee ballot, you must first complete an Application for Absentee Ballot and file it with your County Board of Elections by 5pm on the Tuesday before the election:

Absentee ballots will be mailed to all ballot applicants towards the end of September.

To cast an absentee ballot, you will need to provide one of the following proofs of identification in the applicable section(s) on the application:

  • Driver’s license number;
  • Last four digits of your Social Security number (for individuals who do not have a current valid driver’s license)

If you do not have a valid driver’s license (including one that has been expired for 12 months or less) or a social security number you must submit a photocopy of one of the following:

  • Photocopy of a valid-without-photo driver’s license or a valid-without-photo ID card (for individuals who have a religious objection to being photographed); or
  • Photocopy of one of the acceptable forms of ID under the new law (listed above).

 

Legislation

In July 2012 I introduced Senate Bill 1586 for consideration by the legislature. SB 1586 in effect would completely repeal Act 18 and the Voter ID law in its entirety and in addition, would increase the penalties for voter impersonation from five years mandatory jail time to ten years.

Media

Last updated: September 13, 2013 at 11:32 am