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Issue Spotlight: A Flawed Implementation of Voter ID in PA

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center worked with volunteer observers who made 44 visits to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) driver’s license centers in 35 counties in September 2012 to assess the commonwealth’s implementation of a new Department of State voter ID. We found that the commonwealth was continuing to fall short in its implementation of a requirement in the state’s strict new Voter ID Law that a photo ID be made available free of charge to voters who need one to cast a ballot.

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Guest blog post by Jean Ross

Over the past two decades, the State Priorities Partnership (SPP) has worked to ensure that states have the resources they need to invest in schools, child care, health care and other services that can help create opportunity, and reduce inequality and poverty.

 

On Tuesday, February 2, 2016, thirty-three organizations, including the Pennsylvania Budget and Polivy Center, sent a memo to Governor Tom Wolf and the members of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania with recommendations for the 2016-17 state budget. The groups call for completion of 2015-16 budget, and a 2016-17 budget that raises additional revenue to close the structural deficit and make necessary investments in vital programs.

 November 5, 2014

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October 2, 2012

“The court’s decision is welcome news and an acknowledgement that the implementation of Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law has been inadequate and has needlessly put the voting rights of many Pennsylvanians at risk.

October 1, 2012

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry highlighted a recent PBPC report on flaws in the state's implementation of the Voter ID Law.

September 27, 2012

Frequent changes in the commonwealth’s implementation of the Voter ID Law have created confusion among PennDOT staff and for voters seeking ID to cast a ballot, according to a PBPC report. Check out this roundup of the media coverage.

September 26, 2012

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is still falling short in its implementation of a requirement in the state’s strict new Voter ID Law that a photo ID be made available free of charge to voters who need one to cast a ballot. 

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