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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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September 26, 2012

Pennsylvanians seeking voter ID are receiving very little information at driver’s licensing centers about a new alternative identification issued by the Department of State (DOS), according to a new report from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center.

August 22, 2012

With less than three months to go until the General Election, a survey of practices at PennDOT license centers indicates barriers that may make it difficult for Pennsylvanians to obtain photo ID required to vote, according to a PBPC report. Check out the extensive media coverage.

August 15, 2012

“We’re disappointed by the ruling and again urge the Corbett administration to take a step back and delay implementation of this law until the commonwealth can ensure that every voter who needs an ID can obtain one,” Sharon Ward said in a statement today.

August 3, 2012

With three months to go until the General Election, a survey of practices at PennDOT license centers indicates barriers that may make it difficult for Pennsylvanians to obtain photo ID required to vote, according to a new PBPC report.

August 3, 2012

With three months to go until the General Election, a survey of practices at PennDOT license centers indicates barriers that may make it difficult for Pennsylvanians to obtain photo ID required to vote, according to a new report by the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center (PBPC).

July 6, 2012

New figures from the state show that 759,000 registered voters do not have current PennDOT-issued photo identification, which could result in a large number of Pennsylvania voters being disenfranchised on Election Day. Our issue brief shows this data by county.

May 10, 2011

Experience from other states suggests that voter ID laws are a burden for voters and an expense that cash-strapped states can ill afford, particularly when the need has not been justified.

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