New Pa. voter IDs issued
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A new photo ID for voters who do not have the documents to obtain other identification was issued for the first time on Monday to a single person in Pittsburgh, a PennDOT spokeswoman said.
The Department of State voter ID, described by officials as a safety net, will be available throughout Pennsylvania this week at PennDOT driver's license centers. Only the Pittsburgh center was open Monday.
The state developed the free ID for voters who lack the documents, such as a birth certificate, needed to obtain a photo ID from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. For voters who were born in Pennsylvania, state agencies will first try to verify the person's birth and issue a PennDOT ID.
Voters seeking a Department of State ID must provide their name, address, Social Security number, proof of residence and a previous name or address if either has changed in the past 12 months. They also must sign a document affirming they are a registered voter without identification acceptable for voting. The Department of State voter ID is valid for 10 years.
The deadline to register to vote in the November election is Oct. 9. Information about the voter ID law can be found at www.votespa.com.
First Published August 28, 2012 12:00 am