PITTSBURGH – County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) President Alex Johnson announced today that the Kane Regional Centers and CCAC branches will suspend the issuance of photo identification for voting purposes in response to today’s Commonwealth Court decision.
“Today’s Court decision, to allow eligible voters to cast their ballot regardless of whether they have photo identification, is a true victory,” said Fitzgerald. “As I’ve said before, I believe that anyone who wants to participate in our democracy through elections should have every opportunity to do so. We should be doing everything within our power to encourage voting and make it easier for those who are eligible to vote.”
Late last month, the Executive and Dr. Johnson announced that photo identification would be issued to eligible voters at sites throughout the county, provided that the voter was able to show another form of identification. The acceptable forms were those that were allowable under prior state law as proof of identification for first-time voters. Last night marked the first opportunity for voters to take advantage of the offering. Thirty-three people were able to get photo identification for voting purposes. Those IDs, although no longer necessary to vote in this upcoming election, will be valid through November of 2017.
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