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Alternative Ballots: Voter ID Loophole For Seniors, Disabled?

Alternative ballots could be a way for some people to vote without showing their ID.

While we wait for a ruling this week on the 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 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

: “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.”


: “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.”


: “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?”

What do you think? Let us know in the comments are below.

Francine Goldberg August 13, 2012 at 07:07 PM
But I'm afraid that they do "accomplish what they set out to do." Because the intent is to disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of PA voters, particularly those who are most likely to vote Democratic. Proven by our PA Republican House Leader. And that's the bottom line, as there is no fraud or other voter problems in PA, or anywhere else in the US for that matter. Which the state of PA admitted in open court. Anyone who believes that this is a sincere effort to alleviate any possible voter fraud needs to be re-aducated, as that voter fraud is non-existent.
evelyn weiner August 15, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Um, kind of hard for dead people to create a fake ID, same with illegal immigrants, it is ridiculous not to have to show who the heck you are when you go vote.
evelyn weiner August 15, 2012 at 03:15 PM
well, take heart. It is possible that the government will play an even bigger role in your life and screw up more things. Cause the two always go hand in hand, don't they?
evelyn weiner August 15, 2012 at 03:16 PM
It is insane that anyone can show up at a voting place, claim to be anyone on the list and vote. `15 times a day if so desired. That is ridiculous. I am so glad this ID law is on the books.
evelyn weiner August 15, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I love this law. so sick of teh whining cheaters

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