MontCo Debuts New Voter ID

Any one of seven forms of ID are sufficient to get a new county-issued voter ID card.

Montgomery County on Monday officially introduced its previously announced program to issue voter identification cards that comply with the state's controversial Voter ID law.

The understated, white, credit-card sized IDs will be available beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3 to all registered voters who live in Montgomery County.

"This is not a ticket to vote," said Commissioner Bruce Castor, who pointed out that those presenting the identification at a polling place on Nov. 6 where they do not appear in the registration rolls will still be unable to vote.

Those seeking to obtain the identification must present one of seven forms of identification displaying their name and address:

  • A non-photo ID issued by Pennsylvania or any of its government agencies
  • A non-photo ID issued by the federal government or any of its agencies
  • A firearm permit
  • A current utility bill
  • A current bank statement
  • A paycheck
  • A government check

Applicants must also sign an affidavit affirming that they are a U.S. citizen, a resident of the county, and a currently registered voter in the county.

The IDs will be available at a location somewhere in Montgomery County on most days between Oct. 3 and Election Day. They are being issued under the auspices of the Parkhouse senior care facility in Upper Providence. County Commissioner Josh Shapiro said Parkhouse staff are being trained in the identification issuance procedures.

The labor required to implement the program is estimated to cost $3,100, Shapiro said. Shapiro said the county believes the entire program will cost less than $5,000.

See the county's complete schedule of dates and locations for obtaining a voter identification card in this article's PDF section.

The county's main office building, One Montgomery Plaza, at 422 Swede Street in Norristown, will host the majority of the card issuance events, which will also be held at facilities such as libraries, schools and senior centers around the county. Several of the issuance events are being held jointly with previously scheduled free county flu clinics.

Shapiro, displaying his own county-issued ID, said he intends to present it to vote on Nov. 6. County poll workers are being trained to recognize and accept the new identification, Commissioner Leslie Richards said.

The program was introduced on the eve of a state judge's deadline to decide whether the state's Voter ID law will remain intact for Election Day. Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson has to rule by the end of the day on Tuesday whether the law will prevent registered voters from casting ballots or whether the state has failed to ensure that voters have sufficiently easy access to obtaining photo identification that meets the law's requirements.

"We're all awaiting the ruling of Judge Simpson," Shapiro said. "We are going to move forward regardless of what Judge Simpson rules. Obviously, this issue will go back to the Supreme Court. We think it's too important to delay our efforts here ... while we wait on the courts, we need to get IDs in the hands of registered voters."

The county's identification cards are valid for five years, meaning those who obtain them this month will be able to use them through the 2016 presidential election cycle. 


Earlier story below

Patch associate regional editor David Powell is attending a press conference today where Montgomery County authorities will explain how they will be handling issuing voter IDs. 

The county has provided a mock-up of the ID, which shows it is to be used for voting only, and a photo showing what it will look like when someone comes to obtain an ID. 

Commissioner Josh Shapiro said during the first part of the press conference that the "Entire effort is expected to cost the county less than $5,000."

Check back with Patch for more details following the press conference. 

sharon mcelwee October 01, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Fauxy October 01, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Well that's hysterical. I can make one of those up on my computer. So what's the point? Looks like the Republicans failed.
Adam October 01, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Looks very easy to produce fake ones.
victor October 01, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Should be a state issued ID, not this crap!
Eric W October 01, 2012 at 07:01 PM
lol. Republicans are silly. This desperate measure has fallen flat. It is very easy to reproduce. There is nothing about this ID that looks official.
Roy Martin October 01, 2012 at 07:04 PM
The Democrats are going nuts! Voter fraud has been a way of life for them.
SMYRNA-X October 01, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Republicans failed? Democrat led montco is generating ids. So some sort of paperwork must be completed, it appears one must be present for a photo, and of course one must be inclinded to get this id id. Hmmmmm..... Sounds just like penndot ids. Dems have been crying that elderly and poor will be "disenfranchized," by current standards, but wont this new "id" require effort that dems fear thier base cant muster by showing up at a penndot office. Will the dem party leaders show up at every old folks home, and welfare queens house handing out "ids?" I wonder if I could even cash a check with this bogus id let alone vote for the highest office in this great country.
Steven Long October 01, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Fauxy - Surely you jest! DEM's complained ... they watered it down. I do agree ... these can easily be replicated ... failure! BTW, WTF is Providence Pointe, and how does that relate to the County. For that matter, why isn't there any teeth behind the document, as it relates to potential fraud? I see this as a county wide failure and frivolous spending of $5,000! Why not get ID cards as issued by PennDOT! At lease, the PennDOT cards are hard to replicate!
Steven Long October 01, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Eric - Again, DEM's whined when legislation was passed to require photo ID ... apparently, DEM's figured it would be too hard to forge a PennDOT ID ... and easier to get the Democratic controlled county to create an easily duplicated ID.
Steven Long October 01, 2012 at 07:58 PM
The problem I see with the application, is that there is no BITE against fraud. Anyone can lie, as there is no apparent impact if you falsify the application.
qpon d October 01, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Thanks, Fauxy! http://www.denverpost.com/nationalpolitics/ci_21656438/firm-fired-by-colorado-gop-under-scrutiny-florida?IADID=Search-www.denverpost.com-www.denverpost.com Hey Governor Corbett and the PA legislature..we finally found the voter fraud you've been looking for...it's in Colorado! And guess who's behind it?? The Cons! #whodathunkit
Marc Lombardi October 01, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Wrong. The complaints have been that many of the documents needed are unavailable to a portion of those without valid IDs. This ID allows the person to have other forms. The other complaints are that it was difficult for people to get to the PennDOT centers. Well, the roving Photo ID bus and various locations (schools, libraries, etc.as mentioned in the article) will make it easier for those voters who otherwise would have been disenfranchised to obtain a proper ID as per the new law. I guess the real lesson to learn here is the next time the GOP wants to push through a law that they think is going to help them win an election maybe they should take their time to make sure that there aren't any loopholes that can blow up in their face. But NO...they couldn't possibly take their time and come up with a REAL fix if they were honestly concerned about voter fraud (rather than stacking the deck against the Dems during a crucial Presidential election). Kudos to the Montco Commisioners -- all three of them! -- for coming up with this one!
Eric W October 01, 2012 at 09:34 PM
@Steven Long, Apparently PennDot ID's are expensive which is why they are not free. 5000 dollars is a bargain and apparently this is evident in the easily reproduced pieces of paper that the poor Republicans believe will help them win. As I said before: LOL.
Tom Bartman October 01, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Because some Patch readers could not possibly demonstrate voter fraud, right? http://www.threatcore.com/img/temp/cr-100112-a41.jpg
Marc Lombardi October 01, 2012 at 11:55 PM
Please tell me that you're not using someones blatantly sarcastic post as proof of voter fraud. Because I'm gonna go make some popcorn if you are.
Tom Bartman October 02, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Yes. Yes I am. Enjoy the popcorn.
Tom Bartman October 02, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Trust me, try PopSecret "extra butter" Amaaaaaaaaaaazing! Better than FunYuns.
SMYRNA-X October 02, 2012 at 08:32 AM
So the magic "id" fairy will camp out, ensuring that the losers of montco will have a bs id. All for under $5000? All the proper ids are serial numbered, and documented as per the issuers policies. Will montco maintain records? What agency will maintain these records? Will they be acessable as public records? What purpose does this "id" serve other than subvert the spirt of the law? What proof of residency or citizenship will be required? As if there wont be enough drama, this situation presents more. I smell anothe lawsuit.
Marc Lombardi October 02, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I like you, Tom. I may not agree with most of your views and political beliefs, but you make me laugh. We need to hold a beer summit for the folks of Patch.
Reed Richards October 02, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Fraud in the commonwealth and in the US at large has never been an issue. So who the hell cares.......
joanne mamrosch October 02, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Voter ID's are not new. Montgomery County has asked voters to present their voter ID card when going to the polls in the past. There is nothing wrong with it and it is not disinfranchising anyone. We are getting caught up in the politics of it and not the practicality. There has been voter fraud in the past and anyone that doesn't think so is delusional.
. October 02, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Looks like this was all a waste of time and money...the courts have spoken and the voter supression, uh I mean ID law is will NOT start until after the Presidental election.


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