While a Commonwealth Court judge decides whether Pennsylvania voters will have to show legal identification at the polls Nov. 6, the state’s chief elections official is not taking any chances. Secretary of State Carol Aichele has been touring the commonwealth to get the word out that voter ID is a reality and the state is poised to help anyone who wants to vote. At her latest stop, speaking at Penn State’s HUBRobeson Center on Wednesday morning, Aichele said she thinks the Voter ID law will stand because all residents have a fair opportunity — so-called liberal access — to a legal photo ID. “Liberal access means that anyone who wants a photo ID can get one,” Aichele said. “And now if you go to a licensing center in Pennsylvania … you have a choice. You can even get a non-driver photo ID.”
At issue is whether the new voter ID law provides easy and free access to anyone who wants to vote. The state Supreme Court warned that the commonwealth must comply with the liberal access component to ensure state law is being followed. If it doesn’t, the Supreme Court advised the Commonwealth Court to declare the voter ID law invalid for this year’s election. Testimony is expected to resume today, but Judge Robert Simpson warned attorneys Tuesday an injunction might be possible.