As the primary nears, the question will certainly arise – how does the new Voter ID law affect me? The first answer is that for the primary on April 24th it doesn’t affect you at all! Do not stay home from the polls for the April primary because of the Voter ID law!
The second answer however, is that you do have to prepare for the general election in November and here is the information you’ll need.
In order to vote under the new voter ID law, you must present one of the following forms of ID:
A current Pennsylvania driver’s license, or one that expired after November 2011;
A current Pennsylvania photo ID card issued by Penn DOT, or one that expired after November 2011;
A current U.S. passport;
A U.S. military or Pennsylvania National Guard photo ID (note: it must include “a designation that the expiration date is indefinite”);
A U.S. government-issued photo ID, e.g., agency employee, armed services, etc.;
A current employee photo ID issued by a Pennsylvania county, city, town, township or borough;
A current photo ID issued by a Pennsylvania college or university (note that only ID’s containing an expiration date can be used. For instance, University of Pittsburgh’s IDs are accepted, but Penn State, LaSalle and Drexel’s are not.); or
A current photo ID issued by a licensed nursing, personal care or assisted living facility (note that only ID’s containing an expiration date can be used);
If the person does not have one of these ID’s, they will have to obtain an ID from Penn DOT. In order to do so, they must produce an official Social Security card and one of the following types of identification:
An original birth certificate, i.e., one that has a “raised seal.” (You can’t use a photocopy or a hospital registration. );
U.S. citizenship certificate;
Naturalization certificate; or
Valid U.S. passport.
In addition to the identification documents described above, the applicant for photo ID must present two forms of proof of residency from the following list:
W 2 form
Current gun/firearm permit
Current utility bill
If you have any questions or comments regarding the types of photo ID that meet the requirements of the Commonwealth Election Code and what types do not, please contact the City Commissioners Office at 215-686-3460 or HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Commission, City Hall Room 130, Philadelphia, PA 19107
PH. 215-686-3460 FX. 215-587-9107 http://www.phila.gov/commissioners
|City Commissioners Office
Stephanie Singer, Chair
City Hall, Room 130
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Office of the City Commission Chair, City Hall Room 130, Philadelphia, PA 19107
PH. 215-686-3460 FX. 215-587-9107 http://phillyelection.com/