Pennsylvania’s voter ID law apparently didn’t cause quite the mess some predicted it would.
All day during Tuesday’s general election, scattered reports emerged across the state of people being required by poll workers to show ID before casting their ballots.
But Department of State spokesman Ron Ruman says the incidents his office followed up on involved first-time voters, who have long been required to show identification — with or without a photo — at the polls.
Sometimes the people complaining were misinformed, said Ruman, such as those who called state officials to say polling place signs about voter ID were wrong.
“When we looked into it further, through the counties, we found out that the signs were correct,” he said. “What they were saying is your photo ID will be requested, but not required, and that is what the law was before the election.”
Ruman says his office received some valid complaints about outdated voter ID signage, and those signed were ordered to be taken down.
The voter ID law was partially blocked in October.
As it stands, the law will be fully enforced in the next election, and voters will have to show photo ID to cast ballots.