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PA Voter ID hearing begins; fraud is not an issue


“As we work to ensure that Pennsylvanians have the identification they need to vote this fall, this new card will provide another photo ID option for voters,” Aichele said.
A statement from the groups bringing the lawsuit said, “Clearly the state realizes it has a huge problem on its hands. Unfortunately, this isn’t the solution. People born in Pennsylvania without birth certificates will still have to make three trips to vote—two to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and one to the polls. That is assuming they have the other materials they need, such as their Social Security number.

“This does not change the fact that the commonwealth is expecting people without drivers licenses to somehow get to PennDOT centers—sometimes miles from their homes—during limited hours. It certainly is of no help to the elderly or those with disabilities who will still have to find a way to PennDOT and potentially wait hours to get the new ID.”

A five- to seven-day hearing on the law is scheduled to begin on July 25, and the groups bringing the lawsuit are asking for a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the law.