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PA says 12,000 voter ID cards issued so far

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 26, 2012 2:41 PM

Voter-Registration-Identification-card.jpg(State College) -- The state's top election official says nearly 12,000 new identification cards have been issued by the commonwealth to residents seeking to comply with a tough new Pennsylvania law requiring voters to show photo ID.

Secretary of Commonwealth Carol Aichele says most of those cards are non-driver voter identification cards. Aichele estimates about 100,000 of the 9.6 million eligible voters in Pennsylvania don't have the most common form of identification — a driver's license.

The state has been pressing ahead with implementing the guideline even with the new law still under scrutiny in the courts.

Aichele spoke at Penn State University, where she praised the school's efforts to add expiration dates to student ID cards — a change that makes the cards a valid ID at the polls.

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