Monday, May 20, 2013
Find out where to vote, how the Voter ID Law affects you and what to do if you're voting for the first time or at a new polling place.
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Sunday, October 21, 2012
Poll workers can ask for your photo identification but you still can cast your ballot without it.
One of the provisions of Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson's ruling on the state’s voting law will permit poll workers to ask for photo identification but allows voters to cast a ballot without subsequently having to show their ID. Simpson ruled Oct. 2 that Pennsylvania's tough new Voter ID Law should be put on hold until after the Nov. 6 general election. His decision strikes down two provisions of the law that would have required voters without identification to show their IDs within six days of voting or appear before the county board of elections. The state will still be allowed to educate voters about the new identification requirement. Supporters argue that the law signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in March will prevent voter fraud. …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Allegheny County officials made the decision after Tuesday's Commonwealth Court ruling.
The Kane Regional Centers and Community College of Allegheny County branches will suspend the issuance of photo identification for voting purposes in response to Tuesday's Commonwealth Court decision. “Today’s court decision, to allow eligible voters to cast their ballot regardless of whether they have photo identification, is a true victory,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said. “As I’ve said before, I believe that anyone who wants to participate in our democracy through elections should have every opportunity to do so. We should be doing everything within our power to encourage voting and make it easier for those who are eligible to vote. Late last month, Fitzgerald and CCAC President Alex Johnson announced that photo …
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson talks about his decision, state House Majority Leader Mike Turzai's gives reaction—and see what Pennsylvanians are saying on Twitter.
Here are some stories from our sister Patch sites in eastern PA regarding Tuesday's decision by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson: Why Judge Simpson Delayed Voter ID Law GOP's Mike Turzai Issues Pa. Voter ID Statement Twitter Reacts to Voter ID Ruling Remember, Tuesday, Oct. 9, is the last day to register to vote or to change your voter information. _______________________ Forest Hills-Regent Square Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Friday, September 28, 2012
The cards needed for voter ID at the polls will be offered at Community College of Allegheny County's Homewood-Brushton Center.
The first photo IDs for voting purposes will be issued by the Community College of Allegheny County at its Homewood-Brushton Center from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 1. The center is located at 701 North Homewood Ave. in Homewood neighborhood of Pittsburgh. “Anyone who wants to participate in our democracy through elections should have every opportunity to do so, and Allegheny County and CCAC are going to make sure they can,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said. “I encourage any registered voter who needs a photo ID to come to CCAC’s Homewood-Brushton Center with one of the approved documents, and we’ll issue an ID on the spot so you can cast a ballot this November.” To receive a photo ID card, persons need to be registered …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
In order to get the state-issued Voter ID card, an individual need only give his or her name, date of birth, social security number and address. The Voter ID will be given at the PennDOT licensing center the same day.
State officials announced Tuesday that all voters can choose to receive either secure PennDOT photo IDs or Department of State voting-only ID cards when visiting a PennDOT driver’s license center. In order to get the state-issued Voter ID card, an individual need only give his or her name, date of birth, Social Security number and address. Proof of residence is not required. PennDOT will then confirm with the Department of State that the applicant is a registered voter while the person is at the driver license center. The applicant will get a DOS voter ID card once the information is confirmed. If an applicant’s voter registration or information cannot be confirmed while at PennDOT, then the Department of State will mail the voter ID card …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak talked to Patch about the problems of the Pennsylvania Voter ID law after a public hearing she held Wednesday on the issue.
City of Pittsburgh Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak is calling the Pennsylvania Voter ID law an “ill-written and poor piece of legislation” after a public hearing Wednesday revealed numerous problems people are having as they try to comply. “This is a complicated issue to begin with, but once you start peeling back those layers you start to see what a complete disaster this piece of legislation is,” Rudiak said. “It is an absolute disaster.” Wednesday’s hearing included panelists from Pittsburgh United, the ACLU, Pennsylvania Retired Americans, the Black Political Empowerment Project and the Epilepsy Foundation, as well as residents. It was held to discuss the background of the law and what voters should do to prepare for it. Although those …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A local group plans to present petitions on Thursday in downtown Pittsburgh calling on Allegheny County election officials not to enforce the new voter ID law this November.
Opponents of Pennsylvania's new voter ID will make their case Thursday before the state Supreme Court. There's no timeframe for a ruling from the court—but the Nov. 6 General Election is fast approaching. Oct. 9 is the last day to register to vote. The Supreme Court is composed of three Republican and three Democratic justices (a seventh judge was suspended while she faces criminal charges). A 3-3 tie would affirm the decision of the lower court, according to a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report. Commonwealth Court upheld the law in August. Supporters say the law will prevent voter fraud and imposes the same photo ID standard required in many common circumstances. Challengers say the law is designed to disenfranchise poor and elderly voters …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
More than 13,000 people have signed a petition calling for elections officials to 'say no' to enforcing the state's voter ID law.
Pennsylvania residents are merging their efforts on SignOn.org to launch a statewide petition calling on local election officials and Secretary of the Commonwealth Carole Aichele not to enforce the new voter ID law this November. Nine individual county grassroots leaders launched petitions on SignOn.org after the state Legislature passed the law. On Thursday, concerned Pennsylvanians will lead rallies and petition deliveries of more than 13,000 signatures in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, respectively, as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court prepares to hear the case. Last month, Steven Singer, a Steel Valley middle school teacher, started a SignOn.org petition asking the local elections manager not to enforce the new voter ID law in his county…
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
This new ID is a safety net for residents who cannot obtain other types of photo identification pre-election, PennDOT says.
Since the Pennsylvania Voter ID law was enacted in March, PennDOT told Patch it has been working closely with the Department of State to ensure that every voter has the opportunity to obtain photo identification. The program started Monday in Pittsburgh and statewide today. Voters who lack verification documents necessary for a secure Pennsylvania photo ID (non-driver’s license ID card), will be able to obtain a new Department of State voter identification card for free by visiting a PennDOT Driver License Center. “Our goal is to ensure that every person who needs an ID can get one, and this new ID serves as a safety net for those who can’t find or obtain verification documents normally required for a PennDOT secure identification card,” …