Saturday, December 27, 2014

Bogus state mailer claims ID needed to vote in PA today

Voters in Harrisburg are receiving a mailer telling them they must produce state approved identification to vote in Tuesday's general election. It's bogus. The mailer was produced by the Pennsylvania Department of State and sent out in September, before a state Commonwealth Court judge ruled that the state's new Voter ID law would not be used in the general election.

Bogus state mailer claims ID needed to vote in PA today

Voters in Harrisburg are receiving a mailer telling them they must produce state approved identification to vote in Tuesday's general election.  It's bogus.  The mailer was produced by the Pennsylvania Department of State and sent out in September, before a state Commonwealth Court judge ruled that the state's new Voter ID law would not be used in the general election.

The mailer says: "Under a new law, voters are required to show an acceptable photo ID with a valid expiration date when voting on November 6.  The other side of the mailer shows a woman holding up her Pennsylvania driver's license.  The headline: "If you want to vote, show it."

Department of State spokesman Ron Ruman said his department was not responsible for this new version of an old mailer.

"These mailings all were sent between Sept. 17 and 24"," Ruman said. "We are looking into this, but the Department of State did not send these cards at this time."

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson ruled Oct. 2 that the Voter ID law would not be implemented until the 2013 primary election, due to concerns about voter disenfranchisement for people having trouble obtaining identification.  Polling place workers will ask voters for identification during Tuesday's general election but it is not required to vote.

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