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Issue Spotlight: A Flawed Implementation of Voter ID in PA

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center worked with volunteer observers who made 44 visits to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) driver’s license centers in 35 counties in September 2012 to assess the commonwealth’s implementation of a new Department of State voter ID. We found that the commonwealth was continuing to fall short in its implementation of a requirement in the state’s strict new Voter ID Law that a photo ID be made available free of charge to voters who need one to cast a ballot.

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July 6, 2012

New figures from the state show that 759,000 registered voters do not have current PennDOT-issued photo identification, which could result in a large number of Pennsylvania voters being disenfranchised on Election Day. Our issue brief shows this data by county.

May 10, 2011

Experience from other states suggests that voter ID laws are a burden for voters and an expense that cash-strapped states can ill afford, particularly when the need has not been justified.

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