For the first time, come November, Pennsylvanians will have to show photo I.D. to vote. Critics said the law will discourage certain groups, like the elderly, from showing up at the polls.
In the state of Pennsylvania, if you need a photo I.D. that isn't a drivers license, it would cost you about 13 bucks. But now because of this new law, PennDOT is issuing Photos ID's for free. Officials said it's not as hard as it may seem.
When it comes to the new Pennsylvania Voter I.D. law, everyone has an opinion.
"I think you should have an I.D. in order to vote, because that's your duty as an American citizen to vote. So if you're not an American citizen you shouldn't have the right to vote," said Kane Reno.
"I don't think it's good because there are people like older people who don't have a photo I.D. and can't get one. It wouldn't be right to them," said Andres Alcantara.
But according to Ron Young with PennDOT, obtaining a photo I.D. is simple and depending on when you go to the DMV it could take only 15 to 20 minutes.
"If you're getting it strictly for voting purposes, it's free. you just fill out an affidavit form stating that," said Young.
You'll also need to present your social security card plus one of the following:
A certificate of U.S. citizenship, certificate of Naturalization, a Valid U.S. passport, or a birth certificate with a raised seal. You'll also need two proofs of residency such a current utility bill and a mortgage or lease documents.
However going to PennDOT isn't your only option.
Other acceptable forms of I.D in order to vote include:
A Valid U.S. Passport, a U.S. Military I.D., a government photo I.D., a Pennsylvania college or institution I.D. or an I.D card from a state care facility like an assisted living residence.
Young said its best to check now to see if you have the appropriate documents to obtain a photo I.D. For more information you can call 1-877-VOTESPA or visit the PennDOT website.