Friday, September 21, 2012

Voter ID Cards Being Issued To County-Owned Nusing Homes

Allegheny County Executive, Rich Fitzgerald, says the county will issue photo voter identification cards through the Community College of Allegheny County and the Kane Regional Centers, a group of county-owned nursing homes. Fitzgerald, a Democrat, is a critic of the state's new law requiring photo IDs at polling place, but says issuing the IDs and helping people vote is a "core function'' of government if the law withstands a Commonwealth Court hearing on its legality Oct. 2. Fitzgerald says he's not sure how much the program will cost, and he hasn't run the specifications past the Corbett administration, which pushed the new law. But Fitzgerald says he's confident the program will be legal because the law allows voters to use identification cards issued by senior care facilities and state-affiliated colleges.

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