They’ll be asking for ID

They’ll be asking, but you still don’t have to show it.

While much of the controversy over Pennsylvania’s contested voter identification law has waned, it’s still hanging in half-implemented limbo until the courts decide its fate.

As a result, poll workers will be asking voters to show identification at the May 21 primary election, but, in most cases, they won’t have to show it to vote.

“This will be the third straight election in which voters will be asked, but not required to show photo ID at the polls,” Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele said in a May 14 Pennsylvania Department of State press release. “Poll workers will give voters without acceptable photo ID information on what IDs are acceptable for voting and how to get a free ID for future elections.”

In Warren County, poll workers will be following the state’s lead.

“The poll workers will be asking for ID,” Warren County Director of Elections Lisa Zuck said. “The voter doesn’t have to show it to vote, but if they don’t show it they will be given a handout.”

There are some voters required to show ID regardless.

Those who voted in 2012 should be familiar with the process.

“This is the same as we did for both elections last year,” Zuck said. “The handout is the same as what we used in the fall also.”

Those voting for the first time at a polling location must show a photo ID, such as a driver’s license, or a non-photo ID with name and address, such as a utility bill. The rule for first-time voters predates the contested voter ID law.

The Department of State release reminded voters that to vote in a party primary election, you must be a registered Democrat or Republican. Democrats and Republicans may vote by write-in for positions their party does not have a candidate.

Exceptions to the rule include special elections and voter referendum ballot questions, such as the city manager referendum question in Youngsville. In the case of an exception, anyone may vote in the primary, though their ballot will only contain the special election or referendum question.

The question of whether the voter ID law will be fully implemented in Pennsylvania is slated to go before the courts once again in July.