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Area Votes: Voter ID Bill Narrowly Passes Senate

The State Senate was divided along party lines when it passed its voter ID bill on March 7.

With primary season approaching Pennsylvania, Lawmakers in Harrisburg approved a bill on March 7 that sets the definitions for “proof of identification” and describes the process surrounding provisional and absentee ballots.

Under HB 934, which passed in the state Senate by a 26-23 vote, voters need to present a state-issued photo ID to vote, except for specific circumstances, such as a religious objection to being photographed, in order to cast their vote.

The following forms of ID can be accepted as proof of identification:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • ID card distributed by any other state or federal agency
  • U.S. passport
  • Student identification or employee identification card
  • Armed forces ID

Voters could also present one of the following documents for review if a photo ID is not present:

  • Firearm permit
  • Current utility bill
  • Crrent bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government paycheck

Any voter not able to produce proof of ID may cast a provisional vote, which must be confirmed by the county board of elections within six days of the election.

Click here to from area lawmakers.

No: Shirley Kitchen (D-3) and Vincent Hughes (D-7)

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