Alternative Ballots: Voter ID Loophole For Seniors, Disabled?

The application for the alternative ballot doesn't require any ID.

While we wait for a ruling this week on Pennsylvania's controversial Voter ID bill, there appears to be a loophole, according to Philly.com, in the form of the alternative ballot.

The alternative ballot is basically an absentee ballot for those with a disability or who are older than 65 and who have a polling place deemed inaccessible by the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

Although the application for absentee ballot now asks for your drivers' license number, Social Security number or other acceptable form of identification, the alternative ballot application does not ask for that.

If you are planning on voting by absentee ballot or alternative ballot, be sure to plan ahead. Applications for either must be received no later than 5 p.m. on October 30 and the completed ballot must be received no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day (November 6).

Local Voices Speak Out About Voter ID Law

Patch blogger :

"The critics would like you to believe that all the remaining individuals who haven't bothered to seek the required photo IDs are all physically disabled, obscenely poor, or 93-year-old grandmothers born in far away Southern states where racial discrimination rendered them unable to produce native state birth certificates. The real problem for Democrats might just be that those they count on to carry the vote in urban locales – like Philadelphia – simply won't be motivated enough by their precious constitutional right to vote to bother trying to get a valid photo ID." 

Patch blogger :

"The judges are put into the position of trying to implement a law that no one knows the rules for. Even Governor Corbett, the guy who designed and signed the law, has stated he doesn't know what forms of ID are valid. If he doesn't know how to apply this law, how do we expect the neighborhood guy or gal elected to run an election to figure it out?" .

Patch blogger :

"I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV. That being said, I am the majority inspector of elections in Lower Merion 8-2 and having read all 29 pages of HB 934 the voter ID bill suspect I will have to become one to follow the minutia in this unnecessary bill." 

Patch blogger :

"In one sense the history of elections in the USA has recorded a march to an expansion of the electorate... Nevertheless, two elements of voting have resisted this march toward greater inclusiveness: the shape of the districts in which we cast our ballots for our national and state representatives, and the obstacles we place in the way of physically getting to the polls on election day." 

Patch blogger :

"Stop whining about the Pennsylvania “Voter ID” law. Instead of resorting to name calling and the like, why not rationally debate the issue that is PA. Voter ID law? And, by the way, what is wrong with having a photo ID when one goes to the voting booth to cast that all-important American vote?" 


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