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Counties Use Loophole In Pennsylvania Voter ID Law To Prevent Voter Suppression

By Nicole Flatow  

"Counties Use Loophole In Pennsylvania Voter ID Law To Prevent Voter Suppression"

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Two Pennsylvania counties are implementing a creative new solution to arm as many residents as possible with voter IDs before the November election, issuing identification cards that can be used to vote through county-run nursing homes and colleges. The move takes advantage of a loophole in the state’s restrictive voter ID law that allows the facilities to issue ID cards to anyone – not just those who attend the colleges or live at the nursing homes. It has been estimated that the photo ID requirement could disfranchise as many as 750,000 state residents, and officials in Allegheny and Montgomery Counties said they instituted the measure following complaints from residents who had trouble obtaining photo ID through the Department of Transportation. Philadelphia and several other counties are now considering similar measures.

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