Do I Need Photo ID To Vote?

Poll workers may ask you for a valid photo ID but you are not required to present photo ID to vote in this election in Pennsylvania

Election Day is finally upon us and polls will be open in Pennsylvania from 7 a.m to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6.

Poll workers may ask you for a valid photo ID but you are not required to present photo ID to vote in this election.

If you do not provide the requested ID, you will be given information on the requirements for voting in 2013.

More information including local polling places is available on these websites:

charles hampton November 05, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I will ask the poll worker to show me their's first!
careless fills November 05, 2012 at 01:35 PM
The article is not correct because it states that the poll workers only MAY ask you for foto ID. Actually the law still REQUIRES poll workers to ask to see an ID, but the court ruling states that voters DON'T have to provide the ID and that they still get to vote! Don't hassle the poll workers. Almost all are our friends and neighbors essentially volunterring for a long 16-18 hour day for a pittance of pay. They will be following the law to ask for your ID. In other words, don't be an ash. Even though presenting the ID isn';t required for this election, the mention is part of the voter education process that the court is requiring so that an orderly transition to the ID becoming a requirement next year can be made.
Sarah Lee November 05, 2012 at 04:58 PM
First time voters are REQUIRED to show photo ID. This law has been in place prior to the recent Photo ID law. Therefore, if you're a first time voter to an area (regardless of how many times you have registered), you will be required to show ID.
charles hampton November 05, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Careless, I simply jest. I worked the polls for four years or so, and believe me it is a long, long day for little compensation other than assisting the democratic process. Having said that, I still question the motives behind the law in the first place.
MickeyMouse November 05, 2012 at 06:53 PM
My opinion , everybody should have to show id. These days you need an id for almost everything anyway. To protect everybody and TRY to keep the voting honest we should all show id.
careless fills November 05, 2012 at 08:12 PM
sarah is correct. new voters still need to show foto ID. that was law before the universal voter ID law was passed and enjoined.
mark ackerman November 05, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Whay you peeps fail to realize is the precinct system was set up so that neighborhood "leaders" should know their neighbors so no ID would be needed but today nobody knows their neighbors Sad commentary
Carl W November 05, 2012 at 11:45 PM
It was a ploy to stop voters of one party, only. If we really need it (& we don't ) - remember, you sign in next to YOUR signature. If really necessary, and it's not , should have been started AFTER this election. DO NOT HAVE TO SHOW !!! (Don't take it out on poll workers - they harte it, too)!!!
Carl W November 05, 2012 at 11:49 PM
She's right - the little compensation for that long day, feels like less than 7 cents an hour. Go EASY on these people. I don't envy their day at all. Smile, be pleasant, and try to spread some joy. SAY "Thank You!" :-)
Carl W November 05, 2012 at 11:54 PM
This was a political ploy, to keep as many from one party away from voting as possible. The Party spent millions in tax dollars to try to enact it, however, they cut off the $205.00 a month in Welfare for DISABLED people living, living in rooms. Find out which party did this, THEN go vote!
Elyssia Mathias November 06, 2012 at 12:50 AM
I'm calling Shennanigans, Carl. It is to TRY and prevent voter fraud. Don't believe it's happening? Here's a friend's account of his experience voting in Michigan: "Friends, I am furious!! I just came back from casting an absentee vote, as I know I will be on the road on election day. As I stood in line, folks were saying that they were there to vote for their grandmother, or neighbor, or one of their elderly relatives. I told one lady: "You can't do that. You have to show I.D.. to vote. There is also a process for absentee voting." She said: "You just watch me!" When I got up to the clerk's booth, she asked me my name. I then tried to hand her my driver's license. She responded: "Oh, I don't need that. Just tell me how to spell you name." When I told her, she left and came back with the ballots and an absentee form. I signed the absentee form and went to a voting booth to fill out the ballot. When I had completed my voting, I put the ballots in the envelope and went back to the Clerk to turn it in. I tried again to give my I.D.. Again I refused. She (a different clerk) took my ballot, sealed it in the envelope, and told me I was "good to go". I was hardly "good to go". I was sick to my stomach. The Clerk's office was filled with folks illegally voting for Obama! Surely something can be done about this."
charles hampton November 06, 2012 at 02:26 AM
Elyssia, I think it must have been a friend of a friend of a friend who related this story. In fact, it sounds downright anecdotal to me. And how would that "friend" surmise that the votes were being cast for Obama? Was there some profiling involved?
Ken November 06, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Registered voters do NOT need ID...do not be swayed or discouraged by poll workers who say otherwise...EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT to VOTE
Concerned Johnny November 06, 2012 at 03:50 PM
At the Wolf Building in the 2nd Ward, they had literature on the table stating voters had to show id, and indicating the law was in effect, and did not state it had been stayed.


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