The Pennsylvania Departments of State and Transportation announced today that voter IDs will conveniently be available in one visit to PennDOT, a measure that could’ve spared proponents of the law some of the challenges they are facing today in court.
The move stems from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to send the case back to the lower court, ordering the court to review the availability of voter ID. Critics of the law previously had pointed to cases, especially among elderly voters, of multiple, onerous trips to PennDOT to obtain it. That case is being heard today before a Pa. Commonwealth Court judge.
The agencies said that the only requirements receive the voting-only IDs are your name, date of birth, social security number, and address. Proof of residence, however, is not required; PennDOT will cross-reference applicants against the Department of State data.
Unlike before, if the problem can’t be resolved during a single visit, PennDOT will mail out the new voter ID card – thus sparing citizens the need for additional trips.
“We believe these updates to our process will meet the Supreme Court standard that voter ID cards be liberally accessible,” said Carol Aichele, Secretary of the Commonwealth.