Tuesday’s primary election was billed as a test run for Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law. But a survey of polling places throughout the midstate suggests that maybe the wrong people were being tested. Without a presidential primary race to top either party’s ballot, turnout across the area was low. Those who did vote described themselves as regulars, people who enjoy wearing a little “I voted” sticker twice a year. They follow the news. They knew poll workers were going to be asking every voter if they had identification to prepare people for the November election, when the law will require all voters to show ID.
Many voters had their driver’s licenses out before they were asked. “When I was leaving my house, I was like, I better have my ID,” said Sally Snyder, who voted in Harrisburg’s 9th Ward at Shared Ministry. If there’s a problem this fall, voters and poll workers agreed, it won’t come from people like Snyder.
It will be people who vote, at most, once every four years and don’t closely follow the news. It will come from young people voting for the first time who don’t drive or the elderly who let their licenses expire. And many Harrisburg voters predicted there will be problems.