UPDATE: YOU NO LONGER NEED AN ID TO VOTE IN THE NOV 2012 ELECTION. REGARDLESS OF ANY ADS YOU’VE HEARD ON THE RADIO OR SEEN ON TV. THE LAW STILL STANDS, BUT DUE TO A RECENT COURT RULING IT WILL NOT BE ENFORCED IN NOVEMBER.
Happy Labor Day! As always, please take at least a moment today to remember the true meaning of the holiday amid your BBQs and sports.
Today we’ll talk about something extremely patriotic. Voting. In Pennsylvania, this year in order to vote at the polls you will have produce a photo ID. This is not a political blog, so I won’t delve into how this effects certain demographics and their right to elect their own representatives, but I will tell you what you need, how you can obtain it, and how you can get educated about who you can vote for.
When you go into your polling place, you will have to produce a valid ID. The address does not have to match your current, voting address. Here are the types of ID that will be accepted:
- PA Driver’s License. Make sure the expiration date was less than 12 months ago or is currently valid.
- An ID issued by PennDOT. Same as the Driver’s License with expiration dates.
- US Passport. Make sure the expiration date is AFTER November 6, 2012.
- A military ID for members of the military. Active duty, retired, guard…doesn’t matter. Expiration date doesn’t matter.
- A military dependent ID. Expiration date must be AFTER November 6, 2012
- A federal, state of Pennsylvania, PA county, or PA municipality employee ID. (This doesn’t include school employee IDs.) Expiration date must be AFTER November 6, 2012.
- An ID from an accredited PA university, community college, college, seminary, or other two-year college. Please note the accredited part. Must be issued to you as an employee, student, alumni, or faculty. Expiration date must be AFTER November 6, 2012.
- An ID issued by a PA care facility. This includes assisted living residences, long-term care facilities, and personal care homes. Expiration date must be AFTER November 6, 2012.
- Your social security card.
- A birth certificate (raised seal and all,) passport, or certificate of naturalization/US citizenship.
- Two things that prove you live where you say you live. Examples are W-2s, utility bills, or your lease.