With elections only one week away, many Pennsylvania residents are still unsure of what is and what isn’t required of them when they head to the polls. On Tuesday, NBC10 spoke with several registered voters who believed that they needed their ID in order to vote next week. This isn’t true however. While you may be asked to show your ID at a voting place, it’s not required. “You will be allowed to vote without ID,” said Leslie Richards of the Montgomery County Elections Chair. “Nobody is required to bring ID to vote.”
Richards says she has an issue with TV ads that are currently running which she claims confuses people into thinking they need ID in order to vote. She now fears that those who believe they need ID to vote and don’t have it won’t head to the polls.
The Committee of 70, the Philadelphia-based election watch dog group, do say however that there is one exception when it comes to voting ID. If you’re new to a polling place or if it’s the first time you’re voting, you will need some form of identification. You won’t necessarily need a picture ID however. A utility bill or a piece of mail is also suitable.