Allegheny, Washington County Residents Reminded Voter ID Law Not in Effect for 40th Senate District Special Election in Pennsylvania

Aug 02, 2012, 13:54 ET from Pennsylvania Department of State

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele today reminded voters in the 40th state senate district, that includes parts of Allegheny and Washington counties, that the new voter ID requirements are not in effect for the Aug. 7 special election to fill a vacancy in that district.

"The voter ID law officially takes effect Sept. 17," said Aichele, whose department oversees elections in Pennsylvania.  "So, voters casting ballots to fill the vacancy in the 40th state senate district Aug. 7 will not be required to show photo ID."

Current law in effect for this special election does require first-time voters, and voters casting ballots for the first time at a polling place, to show ID.  This ID can be, but does not need to be a photo ID, however.  Items such as utility and tax bills can be used as well as photo IDs, such as Pennsylvania driver's licenses.

In addition, poll workers will ask voters to show photo ID, and give any voter who does not have an acceptable photo ID an information sheet on the new law.

Pennsylvania's new voter ID law, requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls, will be in effect for the Nov. 6 general election.  For information on the new law, visit, or call 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772).

Media contact: Ron Ruman, 717-783-1621

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of State