No ID? How to Get One in Time to Vote

If you do not have a valid ID for voting this November, here's how to get one.

The Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition is spreading the word on what kind of IDs will be accepted as proof of residence in the November election.

The valid forms of identification include: Pennsylvania driver's license, PennDOT-issued non-driver photo ID, current U.S. passport, U.S. government-issued ID, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania-issued ID, and military, municipal or college IDs with expiration dates.

If you do not have a photo ID, the coalition made it clear in a that residents can get one for free. Here's how:

Free IDs for Voting from PennDOT

According to Coalition member Stephen Cohen, as long as you are sure to inform PennDOT that an ID is for voting purposes only, you can obtain a free ID at PennDOT locations. The closest PennDOT location to Chestnut Hill is located at 7171 Ogontz Ave. in West Oak Lane.

What you'll need

To get a photo ID card, you will need to bring in your official Social Security card, and one of the following:

  • Official birth certificate
  • Valid U.S. Passport
  • Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
  • Certificate of naturalization

You will also need two proofs of residency, which can be:

  • a lease agreement
  • utility bills
  • W-2 form
  • tax records
  • mortgage documents
  • current gun permit

If you have any troubles gathering these documents, or arranging transportation to get your ID, the coalition has a hotline to help answer questions, or give information about free transportation. The hotline number is (866) OUR-VOTE or (866) 687-8683.

Patrick Shane August 22, 2012 at 02:26 PM
I don't think it's necessarily the act of showing an ID that is an issue, because everyone can eventually get an ID. HOWEVER... This being enforced several months before a presidential election. If voter fraud was really an issue, and this law was to ensure a vote is legitimate, than it would have been proposed and implemented a couple of years ago in order to ensure everybody who would be effected is taken care of. I think the outrage stems from the time in which this law was enacted. Oh, and this isn't shady: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuOT1bRYdK8 Watch the video and sign the petition to end Voter Suppression. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9TjVsQa57c


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