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September 21, 2012

Governor's administration dislikes county efforts to issue ID cards

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett's administration is unhappy over plans by two of Pennsylvania's most populous counties to issue photo identification cards that are designed to help people exercise their right to vote under the state's new law.

A spokesman said this morning the law wasn't intended to allow counties to issue voter ID cards to whomever they want.

The spokesman, Ron Ruman, says the administration was not briefed beforehand by officials from Allegheny and Montgomery counties, but he says officials are not taking action at this point to stop them.

Ruman cautions the IDs could create safety issues for county-affiliated nursing homes or colleges that issue them.

Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro says he's shocked that the Corbett administration would dissuade counties from trying to help registered voters get valid IDs.

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