The 2012 election may be history but the battle isn’t over when it comes to Pennsylvania’s voter identification law. A Commonwealth Judge ruled earlier this year that the legislation wouldn’t be implemented for the 2012 General Election in November. The state instead opted for a soft roll-out, where voters were encouraged to provide identification but it was not required.
A status conference is scheduled before a Commonwealth Court Judge on December 13th on efforts to permanently block the law. Officials with the American Civil Liberties Union say the legislation isn’t constitutional and won’t be without some fixes. The ACLU and other challengers say the state hasn’t done enough to ensure all voters are able to get free IDs for voting. Furthermore, they say more voters will come onto the voting rolls in the years ahead, swelling the number without acceptable IDs. Acceptable forms of ID under the legislation include free PennDOT IDs, U.S. passports and other IDs with expiration dates issued by the government. Challengers want IDs such as veteran and welfare cards to be acceptable. Some student IDs are acceptable. IUP worked for months after the bill’s passage to make sure I-Cards have an expiration date and are acceptable under the law.