Voter ID is shaping up to be a huge story in Pennsylvania this fall. While Corbett admin officials first said 99% of voters have state-issued photo ID, it now looks like the number is closer to 90% statewide, and closer to 80% in Democratic-heavy Philadelphia.
State officials say that more than 758,000 registered voters in Pennsylvania do not have photo identification cards from the state transportation department, leaving their ability to vote in November in doubt unless they have another acceptable form of identification.
The Pennsylvania Department of State said that a comparison of voter registration rolls with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation databases indicates that 91 percent of the commonwealth's 8.2 million registered voters have PennDOT identification numbers.
"This thorough comparison of databases confirms that most Pennsylvanians have acceptable photo ID for voting this November," department secretary Carol Aichele said in a news release. Officials noted that the review wouldn't identify voters who may have other acceptable forms of ID.
Department officials had said previously that they believed that 99 percent of Pennsylvania voters already had the photo ID they will need at the polls in November.
In Philadelphia, 186,830 registered voters — 18 percent of the city's total registration — do not have PennDot ID, The Philadelphia Inquirer said.
The new law requires all voters to show photo ID such as a driver's license or nondriver PennDOT photo ID, U.S. passports, student identification cards with expiration dates, current military identification, or ID cards issued to government employees.
The ACLU has sued over the law, saying it created an undue burden on voters.