Cutler Reminds Voters of New Law Requiring ID at the Polls
4/5/2012
HARRISBURG – With the primary election approaching, Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) is reminding voters about a new law in place in Pennsylvania that requires all voters to present valid photo identification at the polls in order to cast a vote.

“This new law will help to preserve the integrity of our election system and uphold the principle of one person, one vote,” said Cutler, who co-sponsored the measure. “Voter fraud endangers our democracy and essentially steals the votes of law-abiding citizens. The cases of voter fraud we have seen in Pennsylvania, such as people voting under the names of deceased individuals, will be more difficult to perpetrate with the new law in place.”

Voters will be asked to present ID at the April 24 primary election, but identification will not be required by law until the general election in November.

Act 18 of 2012 requires all registered voters at the polls to present a valid form of identification, which must include a name, photo and expiration date, except when an individual presents a military ID card. A driver’s license or ID card issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), military ID cards (including those from the Pennsylvania National Guard), and cards issued by an accredited Pennsylvania university or a licensed nursing home will all be accepted.

For individuals who have a religious objection to being photographed, a valid without-photo driver’s license, or a valid without-photo ID card issued by PennDOT will be acceptable forms of ID at the polls.

If an individual does not possess any of the allowable forms of ID, he or she may obtain a free photo ID from PennDOT. The voter must first affirm he or she has no other form of ID and may then use PennDOT’s existing procedures for obtaining a non-driver ID.

Voters who appear at the polls in November without photo ID will have the opportunity to vote by provisional ballot, but will then need to present to the appropriate county Board of Elections valid identification within six days of the election.

For additional information about the new law, visit RepCutler.com. Cutler also posts legislative information at Facebook.com/RepBryanCutler.

State Representative Bryan Cutler
100th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Nicole Wamsley
nwamsley@pahousegop.com
717.783.8063
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