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November 4, 2013

Showing your ID at the election polls on Tuesday is optional

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The state has made no effort to determine how many people have been showing up to vote with identification. The state has also not tracked complaints from voters who feel like they have been given improper instructions by poll workers, said Ruman.
“The law doesn’t make sense and nothing in the state’s handling of the law has made sense,” said Walczak.
Four states have strict photo identification rules for voters – Georgia, Indiana, Kansas and Tennessee. Pennsylvania is one of seven states where new strict photo identification rules have been approved by the state legislatures, but have not gone into effect yet due to court challenges. The others are Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Proponents, chiefly Republicans, say the voter identification rules are intended to protect the integrity of the state’s election system.
House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny County, notoriously predicted that the voter ID law would help Mitt Romney win in Pennsylvania.
“Voters without identification are two-times as like to be Democrats,” Walczak said. The state has yet to demonstrate that there has been a single case of voter impersonation fraud in Pennsylvania, Walczak said.
McGinley is expected to hand down his ruling in the voter ID lawsuit before the end of the year.

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