Area Votes: Voter ID Bill Narrowly Passes Senate
Sen. Daylin Leach voted no.
With primary season approaching Pennsylvania, Lawmakers in Harrisburg approved the "Voter ID" bill on March 7 that sets the definitions for “proof of identification” and describes the process surrounding provisional and absentee ballots.
Under HB 934, which passed in the Senate by a 26-23 vote, voters need to present a state-issued photo ID to vote, except for specific circumstances, such as a religious objection to being photographed, in order to cast their vote.
The following forms of ID can be accepted as proof of identification:
- A valid driver’s license
- An ID card distributed by any other state agency or from the US Government
- A US passport
- A student identification or employee identification card
- An armed forces ID
Voters could also present one of the following documents for review if a photo ID is not present:
- A firearm permit
- A current utility bill
- A current bank statement
- A paycheck
- A government paycheck
Any voter not able to produce proof of ID may cast a provisional vote, which must be confirmed by the county board of elections within six days of the election.
No: Daylin Leach (D-17)