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PA to Streamline Voter ID Process

PA to Streamline Voter ID Process

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania state officials are once again trying to make it easier for registered voters to get a state-issued photo ID card just as new arguments are being raised in court over whether anyone could be denied the right to vote.

A Department of Transportation official testified Tuesday that the newly streamlined process was finalized last night in an effort to satisfy a week-old Supreme Court decision.

The Commonwealth Court hearing is the latest chapter in a legal challenge asking to halt the 6-month-old law requiring photo ID from each voter from taking effect in the Nov. 6 election.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs say registered voters are being turned away from state driver licensing centers without a photo ID. They cite burdensome requirements that are out of step with the law.

The following information is from PennDOT:

The agencies announced that, in order to get the DOS voter ID card, an individual need only give his name, date of birth, social security number, and address; however, proof of residence is not required.

PennDOT will then, while the individual is at the driver license center, confirm with the Department of State that the applicant is a registered voter. Upon confirmation, the applicant will get a DOS voter ID card.

If an applicant's voter registration or information cannot be confirmed while he is at PennDOT, that applicant will not have to return to PennDOT to get the other ID card once the voter registration or information is confirmed. The Department of State will mail the voter ID card to the applicant.

Information on the voter ID law is available at http://www.votespa.com , or by calling 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772).