Roughly nine percent of people registered to vote in the state do not have a PennDOT ID number that will be required to vote in the fall general election, according to the a Pennsylvania Department of State comparison of voter registration rolls and PennDOT ID databases.
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The database comparison provided by the Department of State shows that 91 percent of Pennsylvania's 8,232,928 registered voters have PennDOT ID numbers. Of the 758,939 voters who could not be matched between the Department of State and PennDOT databases, 22 percent, or 167,566, are inactive voters, most of whom have not voted since 2007.
Locally, here is the county-specific breakdown of voters without a PennDOT ID number in the Greater Philadelphia area:County Voters Without ID Active Voters Inactive Voters Chester 17,928 22,475 4,547 Delaware 33,130 40,547 7,417 Montgomery 37,645 44,952 7,307 Philadelphia 136,182 186,830 50,648
Under HB 934, which 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
- 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.