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Voter ID - Help on the Horizon?
Written by Kelly Chandler, Staff Writer

Local forum offers assistance Sept. 15

        The state unveiled a new option Monday for those who need help fulfilling the requirements of Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law.
        The Department of State announced they are offering new photo voter identification cards for those who lack the documents needed for a Pennsylvania non-drivers ID card. Those documents include a social security card and a raised-seal birth certificate, a requirement that has proven difficult for the elderly and especially elderly born outside Pennsylvania. Many of those individuals have been voting for decades, officials said.
        The new voter ID cards, which can be obtained at no cost at Department of Transportation driver’s license centers, require a name, address, social security number, proof of residency, county of residence, and previous name and/or address if either changed in the previous year.
        Applicants must fill out a Department of State single-page application form with their information, stating they can’t get another form of identification for voting and that they are a registered voter.
        The voter ID card is valid for 10 years.
        “Our goal is to ensure that every person who needs an ID can get one, and this new ID serves as a safety net for those who can’t find or obtain verification documents normally required for a PennDOT secure identification card,” said Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch in a press release issued Monday.
        Anyone needing assistance on locations and hours of PennDOT Driver License or Photo centers to obtain identification for voting is asked to call 1-800-932-4600.   The general election will be held Nov. 6. 
        Other forms of ID accepted for voting include valid driver’s licenses, US passports, PennDOT non-driver photo ID, military, college student or government IDs with expiration dates. 
        Locally, the campaign office of Betty White, Democratic candidate for state representative, 147th District, is hosting a voter ID forum on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
        Officials are urging the public to come out to learn about the new voter ID photo identification law and have your questions answered at the event that is open to all members of the community, regardless of party affiliation. 
        It will be held at 353 Main Street, Pennsburg. A brief informational session begins at 10 a.m., while handouts and questions will be answered throughout the day. 
        Voters will also have the opportunity to sign up for assistance in getting their non-driver’s license photo ID, if needed. 
        Light refreshments will be served. The forum is being co-sponsored by the Area 2 Democratic Committee and the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club.





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