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Judge denies injunction request over voter ID explanations in PA

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 1, 2012 4:43 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- A judge has denied a request for an injunction from opponents of Pennsylvania's voter ID law, who wanted him to order the state to be clearer about voters not needing photo ID at the polls Tuesday.

Commonwealth Judge Robert Simpson has ruled the opponents did not provide any proof the state's message about photo ID being requested, but not required would lead to disenfranchisement.

Last month, Simpson ordered the voter ID law put on hold for the upcoming election. But he said the state should continue educating voters about the law, which will apply in future elections.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the judge's ruling comes as no surprise. A Department of State spokesman says the state wants people to focus on getting out to vote.

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Comments: 2

  • Luna img 2012-11-02 07:48

    I know you must show ID if you are a first time voter. But must you show photo ID this time if you are a first time voter at a new polling place (i.e. I moved)?

  • witf img 2012-11-02 11:51

    Hi Luna,
    Yes, first time voters, or people who will be voting in a new precinct this year, have to show ID. Doesn't have to be photo ID, though.

    The Committee of Seventy has this list of the approved ID:

    Approved photo ID:
    PennDOT IDs (drivers or nondrivers)
    ID issued by US Government
    ID issued by any Commonwealth Agency
    US Passport
    US Armed Forces ID
    Student ID
    Employee ID

    Approved non-photo ID:
    Voter Registration card
    Non-Photo ID issued by the US Government Non-Photo ID issued by any Commonwealth Agency Firearm Permit Current Bank Statement Current Utility Bill Current paycheck Government check

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