Pennsylvania's voter ID law: What you need to know

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Do I need to have an ID for the election in November?

Election workers still will ask voters for photo identification, though it will not be required in order to cast a ballot.

What will happen if I don't?

Voters without ID will still be allowed to vote using the regular procedures.

Will I have to stand in a separate line at the poll to cast a provisional ballot?

Those without ID will not automatically be required to use a provisional ballot. The alternative voting method could still be used as it was in past elections, such as when a voter appears at the wrong polling place.

What does the ruling change about how to get an ID?

State officials will continue to issue traditional PennDOT IDs and the newer Department of State IDs to registered voters.

If an ID is no longer required, why is state still advertising the need to get an ID?

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson ruled that other provisions of the law pertaining to educating voters on the new law -- which will be in full effect for elections beginning next year -- can continue.

Can this ruling be appealed?

The ruling can be appealed to the state Supreme Court. State officials have not announced a decision on a potential appeal.

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