Voters won't be asked for IDs at the polls
In the past several elections in Bradford County, voters were asked to produce a photo ID at the polls, even though the ID wasn't needed to cast a ballot.
The request to show identification was part of the process of educating voters about the state's new Voter ID Law.
However, most voters won't be asked to show an ID when they go to the polls on Tuesday, Bradford County Elections Director Renee Smithkors said.
The requirement to show a photo ID at the polls, which was part of the Voter ID Law, has been struck down by the courts, Smithkors explained.
In January, Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley ruled that Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law, which required that nearly all of the state's 8.2 million voters show identification at the polls, is unconstitutional.
McGinley's ruling prohibits the enforcement of the requirement that voters show a photo ID at the polls, the Associated Press reported.
Gov. Tom Corbett announced on May 8 that he will not appeal McGinley's ruling.
According to Sullivan County Elections Director Joyce Panichi, Pennsylvanians are not required to show an ID to vote, except for the following three categories of voters:
- Citizens who are voting for the first time
- Citizens who are voting at a polling place for the first time because they moved to a different residence
- Citizens who have been placed on an "inactive" list. Elections offices send letters to registered voters who have not voted in five years to determine if they are still living at the address that is on record at the elections office. If the citizen does not respond to the letter, he or she is placed on the "inactive" list.
However, first-time voters, inactive voters, and voters who have changed their polling place have a choice in the type of identification they produce, and some of the acceptable IDs are not photo IDs.
Here are some examples of acceptable forms of identification for first-time voters, those voting at a polling place for the first time due to a change of residence, and those on an inactive list:*
- a valid student photo ID
- a valid employee photo ID
- a Pennsylvania driver's license
- a current utility bill that shows the voter's name and address
- a current bank statement that shows the voter's name and address
· a current paycheck that shows the voter's name and address
If a citizen is required to show an ID but does not have one, he or she can still cast a provisional ballot, and the Board of Elections will determine if the ballot is valid, Bradford County Assistant Elections Director Robin Nolan said.
* This information was supplied by the Bradford County Elections Bureau