Corbett downplays report of difficulties at licensing centers

Gov. Tom Corbett says he’s accentuating the positive in the face of a survey showing people could have difficulty getting the photo ID they need to vote this fall at Pennsylvania’s driver’s licensing centers.


Corbett said Friday he’s not concerned about a report indicating the state’s voter ID law isn’t being put into effect smoothly throughout PennDOT licensing centers.


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The left-leaning Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center says it sent volunteers to 43 such centers in 28 counties, and found minimal signage and clerks who didn’t communicate that photo IDs for voting purposes are free.

But Corbett says he doesn’t see a problem.

“I think in the individual offices that they are working hard, I think some time direction can be better, and it’s a learning process,” he said. “But I think a lot of people have other forms of photo ID beyond a PennDOT driver’s license.”

Corbett was asked if the inability of one voter to cast a ballot on Election Day for want of photo identification would mean the state’s learning curve was too steep.

He says he doesn’t want to address that now, because people still have time to get photo ID before November.

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