Mum’s the word when it comes to local election board members discussing the status of the Pennsylvania Voter ID law with prospective voters at the upcoming election. Larry Spahr, Washington County elections director, told a group of trainees gathered Friday morning to learn about operating the new electronic poll book that he had just received notification from the Pennsylvania Department of State that it intends to provide a flier to counties to disseminate to election boards. “You are not to verbalize an opinion on the law’s constitutionality to any voters,” Spahr told the election board members.
Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard L. McGinley is not expected to decide the challenge to the state’s voter ID law before the Nov. 5 election. Although members of election boards can ask a voter to show identification, they are prohibited from telling voters they will need to show ID at future elections.
“The flier is still being worked on,” said Matthew Keeler, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of State.
Poll workers can still ask voters to produce identification, although voters are not required to show ID.