Pennsylvanians who vote by absentee ballot in November will need only to provide proof on their applications that they have Social Security cards, state Rep. Dan Frankel said Monday night. All voters who show up in person on Election Day, however, must have state-approved photo identification, the Squirrel Hill Democrat said. “If the last four digits [of a Social Security number] are good enough for absentee ballots, they should be good enough for voting at the polls,” he said during a discussion of the state’s new voter ID law.
Mr. Frankel was one of a half-dozen officials participating in a review of the new rules at the Jewish Community Center in Squirrel Hill. About 200 people attended, filling the center’s Levinson Hall. The event was sponsored by the Pittsburgh Jewish Social Justice Roundtable. Foes of the new law, passed by the state Legislature in March, warn that it will make it harder for older people, poorer people, those with disabilities and members of minority groups to vote. Many people in those groups are less likely to have valid driver’s licenses or other photo-identification cards, opponents say.