HARRISBURG -- State lawmakers gave their final approval today to a measure requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, sending the bill for Republican Gov. Tom Corbett's signature.
The bill was approved on a vote of 104-88 after three days of often-contentious debate. Gov. Corbett has said he supports the measure and intends to sign it immediately.
Beginning with the fall general election, voters will be required to present a photo identification card issued by the state or federal government or by universities, nursing homes, counties or municipalities in Pennsylvania.
Voters at the primary election next month will be asked to show identification but could vote without one.
In November, voters without a required document will be given a provisional ballot and must verify their identity within six days in order for that ballot to be counted.
Democrats and civil-rights activists opposed the measure, arguing that no evidence of voter-impersonation fraud exists and expressing concerns about the burden on those without valid identification, such as some elderly, poor or minority residents.
Supporters countered that an identification card will be made available through the state Department of Transportation at no cost to the voter.
The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has said they intend to file a lawsuit against the bill after its approval.
Harrisburg Bureau Chief Laura Olson: email@example.com or 717-787-4254.