Governor Corbett, Secretary of Commonwealth

 Respond to Voter ID Ruling

News for Immediate Release

Aug. 15, 2012

Governor Corbett, Secretary of Commonwealth Respond to Voter ID Ruling

Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today issued the following response to the Commonwealth Court ruling on voter identification:

“Now that the court has upheld the constitutionality of the law, we can continue to focus our attention on ensuring that every Pennsylvania citizen who wants to vote has the identification necessary to make sure their vote counts.’’

Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele, whose department oversees elections in Pennsylvania, also issued a statement:

“I am pleased Judge Simpson affirmed the constitutionality of the voter ID law. This law will reinforce the principle of one person, one vote. By giving us a reliable way to verify the identity of each voter, the voter ID law will enhance confidence in our elections.

“We will continue our outreach efforts to make sure all legal Pennsylvania voters know about the law, and know how to get a free ID to vote if needed.”

For more information, visit www.votesPA.com.

Media contacts:

Janet Kelley, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 717-783-1116 end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Ron Ruman, Dept. of State; 717-783-1621 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 717-783-1621 end_of_the_skype_highlighting



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. 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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-877-VotesPA end_of_the_skype_highlighting (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.


Additional Information

Important Dates

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

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