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Allegheny County Offering Free Voter ID

Allegheny County is offering free Photo ID cards for any residents who need one to vote.

Allegheny County is offering two new ways for voters without proper Photo ID to get identification cards.

The Community College of Allegheny County and the county’s four Kane Hospital centers will be the hubs to issue specialized photo identification to any residents if they need one to vote.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald on Thursday morning announced the effort to get as many residents proper identification.

“I firmly believe that anyone who wants to participate in our democracy through elections should have every opportunity to do so. That is what we are doing today,” Fitzgerald said in a press release. “Through our Kane Regional Centers and CCAC, we are going to provide the ability for people to get the photo identification that they need to cast their ballot this November.”

State law now requires all voters to provide photo identification when they vote in every election. The ID must show a name that “substantially conforms” to the name on the voter rolls, include an expiration date and not be expired. They include passports, driver’s license, active military ID, state-issued ID cards and college ID cards.

“It is our hope that these measures will help to preserve access to this cornerstone of democracy,” CCAC President Alex Johnson said of the new procedures.

Kane Regional Centers and CCAC are still finalizing details of when and where these IDs will be offered. However, both said that an individual seeking an ID will need to be registered to vote and must also show another form of identification.

“The Voter ID law puts additional hoops in place to make it difficult to vote,” Fitzgerald said. “The restrictions are overly burdensome, particularly for seniors and people that don’t have the means to get the necessary documentation.”

This week, the state Supreme Court sent the Voter ID law back to Commonwealth Court for further review over concerns there were not enough alternative forms of photo identification. A decision on that is expected to be made in early October.

cc September 22, 2012 at 05:19 PM
If you don't have valid ID you can get a provisional ballot to vote.
cc September 22, 2012 at 06:11 PM
once again ne12ukid is on attack, why don't you pull up stories to prove me wrong as you always seem to be a know it all that knows nothing about anything. you ne12ukid have been out fishing for all the half truth articles that you post without even reading the whole article. then again you went and learn how to read with rosetta stone.
cc September 22, 2012 at 06:23 PM
For the record ne12ukid "Fourteen other states require or have approved laws that will require voters to show photo identification, according to the Denver-based National Conference of State Legislatures. Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a similar bill in 2006 but it was vetoed by then-Gov. Ed Rendell on the grounds that it would make voting unnecessarily difficult. What will become of the latest bill remains to be seen, but with strong Republican support in the House and from GOP Gov. Tom Corbett, its prospects for passage — in some form — appear strong. …" This bill was also turned down in 2001. Ne12Ukid, go read past history in Pennsylvania on Photo ID in Pennsylvania before you open your mouth and stick your foot into it. You for one don't know what your talking about, but that is par for the course.
cecil resident September 23, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Guess you are happy under President Obama then who wants to share the wealth Your hard earned money is going to be going to someone who is waiting for the government to give them what you worked for.
NE12Ukid September 24, 2012 at 04:17 AM
http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/elections/voter-id.aspx Indiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Kansas and Pennsylvania have the toughest versions. These states won't allow voters to cast a regular ballot without first showing particular valid photo ID. Any other states with photo ID laws offer more flexibility by providing voters with several alternatives. Texas and South Carolina passed strict photo ID laws in 2011 but were refused preclearance by the DOJ, which argued that these laws could suppress turnout among minority voters. Texas went to court seeking judicial preclearance from a federal district court; in August, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia blocked the law. In Wisconsin, two judges have blocked enforcement of the state's photo ID law. The state attorney general has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to intervene and reinstate the law before the November election. Meantime, Democratic governors in Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire and North Carolina have vetoed strict photo ID bills passed by their Republican-led legislatures last year.

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