New PA Voting Law Requires Photo ID

Guidelines for an acceptable form of Photo ID:
 
Photo ID Required for November 2012 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. Voter's names on their photo IDs do not need to exactly match their voter registration, but the names must substantially conform.  Acceptable IDs include:
 
  • 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.
 


 
Carol Aichele, Secretary of the Commonwealth Page 1 of 3 UPDATED April 18, 2012 
 
 FAQ – USING A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY ID TO VOTE: 
What are the changes to the law and when do they go into effect? 
 
ØStarting with the November 2012 general election, Pennsylvania law now requires voters to show an acceptable photo ID to vote at the polls. 
Is a college or university ID an acceptable photo ID for voting? 
 
ØYes, an ID issued by an accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning is acceptable provided the ID contains a NAME, a PHOTO, and an EXPIRATION DATE that is CURRENT. 
What types of schools are considered accredited Pennsylvania public or private institutions of higher learning? 
 
ØAn accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning includes PENNSYLVANIA UNIVERSITIES, COLLEGES, SEMINARIES, COMMUNITY COLLEGES, and OTHER TWO-YEAR COLLEGES. A list of institutions that can issue ID can be found at www.VotesPA.com. An ID issued by these institutions is acceptable for voting purposes, provided the ID contains a name, a photo and an expiration date that is current. 
ØPrivate licensed schools (e.g., career institutes, technical institutes, massage schools, cosmetology schools, bartending schools, truck driving schools, etc.) are NOT included. An ID issued by these private licensed schools is NOT acceptable for voting purposes. 
What if an ID issued by an institution of higher learning does not include an expiration date? Is a sticker acceptable? 
 
ØYes, a sticker with an expiration date can be affixed to an ID and is acceptable as long as the sticker is issued by the accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning. 
ØA sticker with a school year or a semester as an expiration date is acceptable (e.g., 2012-2013, Fall 2012, etc.). 
ØAn ID issued by an accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning WITHOUT AN EXPIRATION DATE or that is EXPIRED is not acceptable for voting purposes.