To make sure every eligible voter has a photo ID before November:
A complicated and mostly unorganized effort to get photo identification for all Pennsylvania voters is under way statewide in a rush to comply with the new voter ID law before November’s presidential election.
The election is 3 1/2 months away but given the hurdles to getting an approved ID — including the fact that some of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties either do not have driver’s license centers or the centers are closed most days — voting-rights advocates are trying to mobilize now.
The greatest efforts are in Philadelphia, where state records show 186,830 registered voters do not have PennDOT IDs, or 18 percent of all voters in the state’s largest county.
Allegheny County has the second-highest number.
In Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition, a collection of more than 80 civic groups, has set up a field office to track down those voters, using a list of names the Department of State provided Thursday.
“Time is clearly of the essence,” said Zack Stalberg, president and CEO of Philadelphia’s Committee of Seventy, a lead organizer of the coalition. “Trying to deal with this in September, October or November is going to be very difficult. We’re trying to use July and August as effectively as possible.”