What are you doing on Election Day, November 6?
According to a story in last Friday’s Philadelphia Tribune you may not be voting if you are one of the people who forgot to register or get valid photo identification.
Tribune staff writer Eric Mayes reported that “the number of registered voters in Philadelphia is lower now than it was just before the 2008 presidential election, and voter registration numbers are lagging far behind those at a similar point in 2008. In addition, there is little evidence that Philadelphia voters who need ID to vote are applying for voter identification.”
Will you be angry and frustrated because you waited too late to be eligible to vote for the candidate you believe can do something about jobs, the economy, education and other issues that are important to you?
If you are a Pennsylvania resident who plans to vote, then you should be planning now to get registered and get the valid photo identification now required by law.
While we don’t believe the new photo ID law passed by the Republican-controlled legislature is fair or necessary, the fact remains it is the law in Pennsylvania. It is possible the law may be struck down by the state Supreme Court. But we can’t count on it.
What is certain is that eligible voters should get registered and get valid photo ID.
The deadline to register for the Nov. 6 general election is Oct. 9. This means that completed registration forms must be submitted or postmarked on or before that date.
But don’t wait until the last minute. We urge you to submit application forms as soon as possible to ensure registration.
According to the city commissioners’ office, here is what you need in order to register to vote:
Registering to vote by mail – An individual may make application to register to vote by mail. Voter registration mail applications are available at any post office, state Liquor store or public library.
Registering to Vote in Person – Individuals may apply for voter registration in person at the Voter Registration Office, at Riverview Place, 5th floor, 520 N. Delaware Ave. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Registering to vote in conjunction with an application for or renewal of a driver’s license – Individuals may apply for voter registration in conjunction with an application for or renewal of a driver’s license through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at photo license centers.
Registering to vote in government agencies – An individual may apply for voter registration at several government agencies, including area agencies on aging and armed service recruitment centers
Eligible voters need to make sure they have valid photo ID so they can cast their ballots.
In order to vote at your polling place, you must prove your identity by showing one of the following unexpired (unless otherwise noted) photo identifications issued by:
- The United States government such as a U.S. passport
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania-issued driver’s license. If the license is expired it should be within 12 months after the expiration date.
- An accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning-issued student card.
- US. Armed forces branches or their reserves, including the Pennsylvania National Guard (Note: the ID holder can be a veteran or current member; the expiration date can be indefinite.)
Make your voice heard on Election Day. Get registered now and make sure you have valid photo ID.