- Oct 1, 2003
'Loophole' in ID law disprovedHey genius if you note in your own post the only proof required is writing the last 4 digits of your SSN on the application. They will then mail you an absentee ballot. You fill it out and send it back in.
State issued picture ID not required
I do not have to have a picture ID for an absentee ballot.
Maybe if in person they would accept a form everyone has such as a utility bill this would go away. But remember is is not about fraud!!!!
Remember Republicans say if you don't support strict voter ID laws you support voter fraud. Title follows GOP playbook.
And Homer fails again!Is there a loophole in Pennsylvania's new voter ID law?
Several clever readers have written in recent weeks to say there appears to be a way to cast your ballot without having to show photo identification at the polling place as now required by Pennsylvania law.
It's called an absentee ballot.
"When you get it, fill it out and return it within 4 weeks of the election day, they'll mail you an absentee ballot, you fill in and mail back," wrote one county resident who described himself as being in his 70s and without a driver's license or other form of photo ID.
If that strategy sounds a little too easy, that's because it is, according to the Department of State.
A spokesman for the agency that oversees elections pointed us to the section of the new voter ID law that will require voters, for the first time, to provide proof of their identity with their application for an absentee ballot in the Nov. 6 election.
Here's the bottom line: If you have a driver's license or state Department of Transportation photo ID card, you'll be required to write down the number on your application for an absentee ballot. (Those with a religious objection to being photographed can use a valid-without-photo license number.)
If you don't have either of those, you'll be asked for the last four digits of your Social Security number, which will be checked against state and county databases.
If you plan to rely on just your Social Security number, though, be prepared to get a notice from the county board of elections; years ago, that information wasn't required when registering to vote, so it might not be on file.
In that case, you'll be asked to provide you guessed it a photo ID. And if you don't get it to the elections office within six days after the election, your vote won't count.
So, back to our question: Is there a loophole in Pennsylvania's new voter ID law?
It's also worth pointing out that, even without the new voter ID requirements, voters are really supposed to use absentee ballot only if they're physically incapable whether because of illness or travel of getting to their polling place.
The application for an absentee ballot includes the following warning: "If you are able to vote in person on election day, you must go to your polling place, void your absentee ballot and vote there."