The Allegheny County elections chief testified Friday that he expects the new voter ID law could lead to longer lines at the polls in November as workers explain the requirement and issue provisional ballots to people without acceptable ID. Mark Wolosik, who manages the county elections division, told the Commonwealth Court judge hearing a challenge to the new law that he anticipates traffic at the polls will slow. “You can really only process one person at a time,” he said. “So the showing of the voter ID will lengthen the process … .”
In trying to project how many voters may need a provisional ballot — which would be counted if the voter verifies their identity within six days — Mr. Wolosik pointed to a tally released by the Department of State showing more than 99,000 Allegheny County voters whose names could not be matched to a Department of Transportation identification number. He said that suggests the county may have to process far more than the approximately 2,800 provisional ballots it received in the 2008 general election. Allegheny County and its board of elections filed a lawsuit challenging the voter ID law.