Alternative Ballots: Voter ID Loophole For Seniors, Disabled?

Some Pa. voters may be eligible for alternative ballots - a potential loophole in the state's controversial new Voter ID law.

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 driver's 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 Oct. 30 and the completed ballot must be received no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 6).

George August 14, 2012 at 04:07 PM
What you describe just doesn't happen, Hugh. If you want to avoid the problem of someone voting in another's place, run the elections over mail-in ballot, like Washington State. If someone's ballot doesn't arrive, they get a new one. Cancel the old one so no one can use it. There are other ways of hatching this egg than the current, misguided solution.
louis kootsares August 14, 2012 at 09:03 PM
we need voter photo id to keep frauds from voting for a fraud...
George August 14, 2012 at 11:43 PM
If anyone is still interested in this dialog, here's an interesting article: http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/14/13266161-poll-most-favor-voter-id-laws-but-public-awareness-of-their-effect-is-low?lite
bill frome August 15, 2012 at 03:34 AM
Kicks on 4th You have to be competent to vote.
Rich August 17, 2012 at 09:21 AM
Men marched for weeks without shoes, feet in rags and bleeding with Washington to have the right to vote. And someone cannot stand in line awhile to get an ID / register to vote? Our troops marched for hundreds of miles sweating with malaria, wounds and dysentery in the Civil War to protect the right to vote. But someone cannot ride to the ID center?. Men and women captured as prisoners of war have suffered in torture and made to stand for hours in the German snow or blazing Pacific sun - but someone cannot wait awhile in line to get a valid ID? Factory workers stood for 8- 12 hours every day for years to help our troops win the wars of freedom, but people think it is inconvenient and a real sacrifice of their time and muscles to have to stand awhile or sit in line to get a valid photo ID so their vote is countered properly. No more excuses of loss of time, or wear on the feet please. A tiny sacrifice of time and energy please to preserve the integrity of the vote after so many have sacrificed so much for your rights to have it count. If you are sick, there is an absentee ballot still available. But if you are able - go to wait a liitle while in line and get a photo ID and join all those who waited and protected our freedoms. While waiting remind others of all the time people stood, marched, suffered and spent in lines for this right to vote. Tough he little wait out.


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