County officials and poll workers are quickly preparing for the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 6 and possible struggles with the state's new voter identification requirements.
"We did a dry run for the primary election but coming up in November, everybody must show acceptable forms of photo ID," said Kim Frey, director of the county's election/voter registration office. "The law has taken effect but it is still in the courts, the lower courts moved it to the state's Superior Court, and we're waiting anxiously to hear what they have to say. We have to move forward per law as it will stand for the November election.
"We're still waiting on the decision but we have to proceed since the law is in place at this point. We will be having poll worker training later in October for those who will be asking for ID."
All photo IDs must contain an expiration date that is current, unless noted otherwise.
Acceptable IDs include photo IDs issued by the U.S. government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; a Pa. driver's license or non-driver's license photo ID (IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past the expiration date); a valid U.S. passport; a U.S. military ID, active duty and retired military (a military or veteran's ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite). Military dependents' ID must contain an expiration date; employee photo ID issued by federal, Pa., Pa. county, or Pa. municipal government; a photo ID from an accredited Pa. public or private college, university, or seminary; or a photo ID issued by a Pa. care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes.
If you are a registered voter and do not have one of these IDs, and require one for voting purposes, you are entitled to get one free of charge (with supporting documentation) at a PennDOT Driver License Center (DLC).