Marybeth Kuznik, a judge of elections in Penn Township, has a recurring nightmare. “I think about the horror of if my mother, whom I obviously know, comes to vote and I have to turn her away because she doesn’t have the proper identification,” Kuznik said. “I think about my poll workers who may have to turn away their priest, pastor or neighbor whom they’ve known all their lives and how that may affect their relationships.” While Kuznik said those scenarios may not play out exactly, another bad dream she has because of the pending new voter ID bill is expected to occur. “It’s going to be chaos at the polls. The lines will be long, and those who don’t have ID will have to be issued a provisional ballot,” Kuznik said. “Issuing a provisional ballot takes time, because you need the poll worker, the judge of elections and one other person to take the time to confirm the provisional ballot and then the voter must sign affidavits as well.”
Under the proposal, if people don’t present a state-issued photo ID, they will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot. They then have six days to produce a valid ID, or their vote will not be counted. That is another reason poll workers on Tuesday bemoaned House Bill 934, commonly referred to as the voter ID bill, which the House is expected to give its final approval. That approval was expected Tuesday, but after four hours of debate the final vote was postponed.