Hess Reminds Fulton County Residents About State’s New Voter ID Requirements
MCCONNELLSBURG – Rep. Dick Hess (R-Bedford/Fulton/Huntingdon) is reminding Fulton County residents about the new voter ID provisions instituted by Act 18 of 2012. The law requires voters to present photo identification at the polls in November.
“Our goal is to ensure that anyone who is eligible and wants to participate in the upcoming election is able to do so,” said Hess. “The majority of citizens already have a form of photo identification adequate for voting purposes. For those individuals who do not currently have a form of acceptable photo identification, PennDOT is offering free non-driver photo IDs and Voter ID cards.”
Hess noted that his office has assisted Fulton County residents who have gone to the Photo License Center in McConnellsburg seeking a non-driver photo ID or a Voter ID card because this center is not equipped to process the paperwork for these IDs. Residents who need one of these IDs should instead visit the Driver License Center in Chambersburg, located at 190 Mill Road. The center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Individuals who possess the following forms of valid identification do not need to obtain the Voter ID card or further identification and may use any one of these types of ID at the polls in November:
• Pennsylvania driver’s license or non-driver photo ID, which is currently valid or
has expired in the past 12 months.
• U.S. passport.
• U.S. active duty or retired military ID, which must either designate an expiration
date or an indefinite expiration.
• Employee photo ID issued by federal, Pennsylvania, county or municipal
• Photo ID card from an accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of
• Photo ID issued by a Pennsylvania care facility, including a long-term care,
assisted living or personal care facility.
Residents should be aware that the above forms of identification must be current and contain an expiration date, unless otherwise noted.
Citizens who do not possess one of the above forms of identification may apply for a non-driver photo ID or a Pennsylvania Department of State Voter ID Card, which are issued by PennDOT Driver License Centers, like the one in Chambersburg.
Before traveling to Chambersburg, residents can ensure they have the proper documentation by contacting the PennDOT Customer Care Center at (800) 932-4600. The Pennsylvania Department of State can also assist residents with voter ID questions at 1-877-VOTESPA.
A voter who is unable to travel to Chambersburg because of illness or physical disability may qualify to vote by absentee ballot. Any citizen who believes that he or she may qualify should contact the Fulton County Board of Elections at (717) 485-3691 to determine if he or she is eligible. Starting with the November 2012 General Election, Pennsylvania law requires voters to provide proof of identification with an Application for Absentee Ballot, which would include either a driver’s license or other PennDOT ID number or the last four digits of his or her Social Security number. Any voter who does not have a license, PennDOT ID or a Social Security number will be asked to provide a copy of one of the ID listed above with the absentee ballot application.
Citizens who have questions about the new voter ID law, the types of allowable voter identification or how to obtain proper identification may contact Hess’s office at (717) 485-4430. Information is also posted at www.DickHess.com
State Representative Dick Hess
78th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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