Counties plan to work to avoid PA voting law confusion

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 19, 2013 2:40 PM
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(Harrisburg) -- County officials say they will take steps to refresh voters' understanding of the state's fractured election laws before the May 21st primary.

While the officials do not anticipate major problems, especially given the typically small voter turnout for municipal and judicial elections, they said it is important to ensure voters clearly understand the status of the new voter-identification law amid a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality that is set for trial in July.

Amid a pending court challenge of the new voter-identification law, state lawyers have agreed through the primary not to enforce the requirement that voters show photo ID at the polls.
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson has approved the agreement.

But, the law requires poll workers to ask voters for photo IDs -- even though they are not required -- and most voters using absentee ballots must provide identification even though it doesn't have to be a photo ID.

*This story was updated at 5:35 p.m.  on 2/19/13

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