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Voter identification remains in limbo as primary nears
By: WJAC Web Staff
BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- The ongoing battle about voter identification requirements for Pennsylvania has been hung up in the courts for months, but the election director in Centre County doesn't see voter ID being an issue for May's primary.
Plans to implement a voter ID law in the commonwealth have stalled amidst court challenges. Voters have been told they'd be asked, but were not required, to show identification to vote in the past couple of elections.
Officials have maintained these were test runs for the law, but with no timetable for when a law would be passed or killed, Centre County Election Director Joyce McKinley said it doesn't appear any new law will be in place for this upcoming primary.
"That has been nixed until we get a true definition through a true order," McKinley said. "The only individuals who will be required to show [identification] are first time voters."
A state judge struck down the proposed voter ID law, but Gov. Tom Corbett's legal counsel has filed an appeal to that ruling.
This year's spring primary is expected to see a slightly higher turnout, as several congressional races are taking place, as well as the gubernatorial race.