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Department of State and PennDOT Confirm Most Registered Voters Have Photo ID

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The vast majority of registered voters in Pennsylvania have identification that can be used for voting, according to a recent comparison of the Department of State's voter registration rolls and PennDOT ID databases.

"This thorough comparison of databases confirms that most Pennsylvanians have acceptable photo ID for voting this November," Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele said. "This comparison takes into account only voters with PennDOT IDs, and does not include voters who may have any of the other various acceptable forms of ID."

All voters identified as not having a PennDOT ID number will be contacted by letter this summer, reminding them of the new voter ID law, what IDs are acceptable for voting purposes, and how to get a free ID if they don't have one.

County election directors will also be provided with the names and addresses of voters in their counties who did not match any record in the PennDOT database.

The database comparison shows:

  • 91 percent of Pennsylvania's 8,232,928 registered voters have PennDOT ID numbers
  • Of the 758,939 voters who could not be matched between the Department of State and PennDOT databases, 22 percent, or 167,566, are inactive voters, most of whom have not voted since 2007.

One of the reasons a voter can be put on "inactive" status is if he or she has not voted in five years. A notice must be sent asking if the voter is still at the listed address. If the voter does not respond to this notice, the voter is placed on "inactive" status.  Federal and state law require keeping an "inactive voter" on the registration list until he or she has not voted in two consecutive general elections for federal office after the date of the notice.

"Even though many voters identified in this comparison as not having PennDOT IDs are 'inactive voters', most of whom have not voted since 2007, we will err on the side of caution and include them in this mailing," Aichele said. 

Other registered voters may not have matched PennDOT's list due to a variation in names between the voter registration and PennDOT databases.

For example, an individual who is registered to vote as Jon Smith but whose driver's license name is Jonathan Smith, would not show as a match, and be reported as not having a PennDOT ID number.

This list also does not take into account voters without PennDOT identification who have other acceptable forms of identification. Such other acceptable forms include identification from accredited Pennsylvania colleges or universities, Pennsylvania care facilities, military identification, valid U.S. passports, other photo identification issued by the federal or Pennsylvania government, or employee identification issued by the federal, Pennsylvania, or a county or municipal government.

All identification used for voting must have an expiration date and be current, except for Pennsylvania driver's licenses or non-driver photo identification, which are valid for voting purposes one year past their expiration. Retired military identification with an indefinite expiration date is also valid for voting purposes.

Voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo identification for voting can get one for free at any PennDOT driver license center.

"We are committed to helping any eligible voter who does not have an acceptable ID get one to be able to vote in November," Aichele said. "We are continuing our outreach to get the word to voters about this law. The goal of this law is to allow every legal voter to cast a ballot, but detect and deter anyone attempting to vote illegally."

To find the driver license center nearest you or get more information on the voter ID law, visit www.VotesPA.com or call 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772).

Media contact: Ron Ruman, 717-783-1621

Editor's Note:  Following is a by-county list of registered voters who did not match as having a PennDOT ID number.

County    

Active      

Inactive   

Total

ADAMS         

2,526

395

2,921

ALLEGHENY   

73,791

25,427

99,218

ARMSTRONG

2,351

377

2,728

BEAVER      

8,820

1,445

10,265

BEDFORD      

1,807

419

2,226

BERKS       

10,573

1,778

12,351

BLAIR             

3,744

3,422

7,166

BRADFORD   

1,214

1,282

2,496

BUCKS       

22,678

2,771

25,449

BUTLER      

6,276

1,169

7,445

CAMBRIA       

5,590

617

6,207

CAMERON     

290

162

452

CARBON        

2,180

106

2,286

CENTRE         

10,384

1,058

11,442

CHESTER      

17,928

4,547

22,475

CLARION          

1,449

361

1,810

CLEARFIELD      

2,458

1,435

3,893

CLINTON          

1,368

734

2,102

COLUMBIA  

2,999

196

3,195

CRAWFORD       

4,077

930

5,007

CUMBERLAND   

16,155

2,322

18,477

DAUPHIN           

9,345

1,746

11,091

DELAWARE     

33,130

7,417

40,547

ELK               

1,511

214

1,725

ERIE            

9,790

1,123

10,913

FAYETTE     

5,015

3,440

8,455

FOREST               

151

3

154

FRANKLIN         

2,820

435

3,255

FULTON             

447

139

586

GREENE          

1,056

181

1,237

HUNTINGDON       

899

843

1,742

INDIANA   

2,908

1,663

4,571

JEFFERSON        

1,632

726

2,358

JUNIATA            

273

90

363

LACKAWANNA     

13,990

2,933

16,923

LANCASTER     

15,289

4,765

20,054

LAWRENCE       

4,180

2,221

6,401

LEBANON       

2,814

494

3,308

LEHIGH              

9,873

3,152

13,025

LUZERNE      

15,293

1,576

16,869

LYCOMING      

3,142

495

3,637

McKEAN            

1,518

610

2,128

MERCER           

4,798

1,002

5,800

MIFFLIN            

945

201

1,146

MONROE       

4,949

1,329

6,278

MONTGOMERY   

37,645

7,307

44,952

MONTOUR          

898

572

1,470

NORTHAMPTON   

12,094

5,968

18,062

NORTHUMBERLAND 

3,786

60

3,846

PERRY                      

803

45

848

PHILADELPHIA  

136,182

50,648

186,830

PIKE                  

1,805

447

2,252

POTTER      

672

72

744

SCHUYLKILL        

7,322

832

8,154

SNYDER          

771

204

975

SOMERSET       

2,953

1,585

4,538

SULLIVAN            

173

0

173

SUSQUEHANNA    

715

231

946

TIOGA               

1,232

196

1,428

UNION            

2,195

240

2,435

VENANGO        

1,729

200

1,929

WARREN          

1,021

809

1,830

WASHINGTON  

7,723

3,523

11,246

WAYNE         

1,189

281

1,470

WESTMORELAND  

11,138

1,738

12,876

WYOMING        

975

20

995

YORK          

13,926

4,837

18,763

Statewide Total 

591,373

167,566

758,939

 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of State



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