Voter ID Law
As part of our grassroots advocacy efforts, we encourage credit union staff, volunteers, and members to exercise their right to vote in the November elections.
New this year, Pennsylvania voters will be required to show an acceptable photo ID on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Although the courts are considering a challenge to overturn the law, voters should still be prepared.
Feel free to use the copy below to keep your members informed.
What You Need To Know About the Voter ID Law
This election, Pennsylvania voters will be required to show an acceptable photo ID on Election Day.
Voters who plan to vote by Absentee Ballot will also need to provide proof of identification.
All photo IDs must contain an expiration date that is current, unless noted otherwise. Acceptable IDs include:
If you do not have one of these IDs, and require one for voting purposes, you may be able to obtain an ID without charge at a PennDOT Driver License Center. To find the Driver License Center nearest you, and learn what supporting documentation you will need to get a photo ID visit PennDOT’s Voter ID Website at: http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/voter/voteridlaw.shtml or call the Department of State's Voter ID Hotline at 1-877-VotesPA (868-3772).
- Photo IDs issued by the U.S. Federal Government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (including the Department of State Voter ID Card)
- PA Driver’s License or Non-driver’s License photo ID (IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date)
- Valid U.S. passport
- U.S. Military ID - active duty and retired military (a military or veteran’s ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite). Military dependents’ ID must contain an expiration date
- Employee Photo ID issued by Federal, PA, PA County or PA Municipal government
- Photo ID From accredited PA public or private institution of higher learning, including colleges, universities, seminaries, community colleges and other two-year colleges
- Photo ID issued by a PA care facility, including long-term facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes.
No one who is legally entitled to vote will be denied the right to do so. If you do not have a photo ID, or are indigent and unable to obtain one without payment of a fee, you may cast a provisional ballot, and will have six days to provide your photo ID and/or an affirmation to your county elections office to have your ballot count. If you have a religious objection to being photographed you can still vote by presenting a valid without-photo driver’s license or a valid without-photo ID card issued by PennDOT.
Please be prepared this election and have your identification with you. Your vote counts and matters!