Thursday, July 19, 2012

Voting Update: Photo ID Required for November 2012 Election

For the 2012 election, new rules are in place that require voters have photo identification on Election Day.

Key Dates for the 2012 Elections

10.9.12 - General Election Registration Deadline
10.30.12 - Last day to apply for Civilian Absentee Ballot
11.2.12 - Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots
11.6.12 - General Election

Voters will be required to show an acceptable photo ID on Election Day. All photo IDs must contain an
expiration date that is current, unless noted otherwise. 

Acceptable IDs include:
  • Photo IDs issued by the U.S. Federal Government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • PA Driver’s License or Non-driver’s License photo ID (IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date)
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • 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
If you do not have one of these IDs, and require one for voting purposes, you may be entitled to get one FREE OF CHARGE at a PennDOT Driver License Center. To find the Driver License Center nearest you, and learn what supporting documentation you will need to get a photo ID visit PennDOT's Voter ID Website or call the Department of State's Voter ID Hotline at 1-877-VotesPA (868-3772).

NO ONE legally entitled to vote will be denied the right to do so. If you do not have a photo ID, or are indigent and unable to obtain one without payment of a fee, you may cast a provisional ballot, and will have six days to provide your photo ID and/or an affirmation to your county elections office to have your ballot count. If you have a religious objection to being photographed you can still vote by presenting a valid without-photo driver’s license or a valid without-photo ID card issued by PennDOT.

If you plan on voting by Absentee Ballot on the November 6, 2012 General Election, you will need to provide proof of identification.
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