Voter ID Requirement Not In Force For May Primaries

February 15, 2013

Voters in Pennsylvania will not be required to show photo identification to prove their identities in the May 21 municipal primary elections.

Lawyers representing those who are suing to block the enforcement of the law and those for the Corbett administration said the two sides agreed Thursday that the law will not be enforced in May, pending the outcome of court action on the issue.  A trial on the challenge to the constitutional legality of the law is scheduled to begin on July 15.

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson had blocked enforcement of the law in last November’s general elections, ruling that the Commonwealth had failed in its efforts to make it possible for all voters to easily obtain the required I-D’s.

In May, local election officials may ask to see identification, but voters will still be allowed to cast their ballots without the documentation required by the 2012 law.

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