When states put in a voter ID law in a big hurry, one really common problem voters and poll workers encounter is “address mismatch”. This is where your voter registration address does not match the address on your driver’s license (or other photo ID). People generally don’t update the address on their driver’s license until it’s time to renew the driver’s license, which didn’t matter prior to the voter ID law but does matter now. You must fix this mismatch if you hope to vote a first class ballot in Pennsylvania. If you go to the PA site for voter ID info, you will find this, under “person who has recently moved”:
If you have recently moved, keep the following guidelines in mind:
• If you moved from the residence where you are registered to vote to another Pennsylvania residence less than 30 days before an election, you must vote at your former residence. When you arrive to vote, tell the local Election Official of your change of address so that you can vote correctly at your new address in the future.
• After the election, but at least 30 days prior to the next election, change your voter registration by submitting a new Voter Registration Mail Application form. Simply select the box that says ‘Change of Address.’
• If you have moved more than 30 days before an election but did not change your address with Voter Registration Officials, you must vote at the polling place of your old residence, where you are registered to vote. However, you may only vote once at the original polling place and you must abide by special procedures, called “fail-safe voting.” These procedures include:
• If you have moved within the same county, inform the Election Officials at the polling place that you have moved and would like to change your registration by filling out an affirmation that states your new address.
• You will be permitted to vote at the old polling place based on your previous residence, but the County Voter Registration Commission will update its records after the election.
• You will receive a new voter certification card in the mail that will show your new address and polling place.
• You will not be able to vote again at your old polling place (unless, of course, it also serves your new residence).
• If you have moved to a different county in Pennsylvania, you must inform the Election Officials at your old polling place that you have moved to a different county and would like to have your registration changed. The Election Officials will let you vote at the old polling place based on your former residence, but they will require you to complete an affirmation declaring your new address and county of residence. After the election, the respective county voter registration commission will update their records. You will receive by mail a voter certification card from the new county. You cannot vote in your old county again unless you establish a residence there again and re-register to vote.
But that isn’t what you need to know now that Pennsylvania has one of the most restrictive voting laws in the country. You have to go to PennDOT, HERE, and change the address on your driver’s license to match your voter registration address. It’s free, and you may do it online. They will send you a card to take with you to the polls that has the correct address.
So, two steps if you moved since the last election. Update registration address and update photo ID address.
Your goal should be to avoid voting a provisional ballot, because Pennsylvania also has one of the most restrictive provisional ballot processes in the country. If you don’t have ID that perfectly matches your registration on election day, you are of course unlikely to have time to both request and receive ID that perfectly matches your registration within 6 days after the election, and your provisional ballot won’t be counted without it.
After reading this, you now know more about Pennsylvania’s extremely restrictive photo ID law than Governor Corbett does. Yesterday he couldn’t even recite the very short list of acceptable ID.