Many Pa. driver licensing centers to open day before Election Day

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Published: Sep 25 2012 02:23:40 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 25 2012 02:25:05 PM EDT
HARRISBURG, Pa. -

PennDOT will open many of its driver licensing centers across the state on the day before Election Day to help voters who still need identification to cast their ballot, officials announced Tuesday.

Forty-eight centers, normally closed on Mondays, are on the list to open their doors on Nov. 5, including locations in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Lehigh, Montgomery and Northampton counties.

PennDOT had to reach an agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the union representing its driver licensing center employees, before it could announce the decision Tuesday.

"I applaud the efforts of AFSCME to work with us on this important effort," said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch. "Our employees have been working tirelessly to be certain that any Pennsylvanian who needs an ID for voting purposes has it, and efforts like this show our commitment to getting the job done."

Since the voter ID law passed in March, PennDOT has been working to make the voting ID process as customer-friendly as possible, officials said.

Two major milestones include working with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to facilitate a process for customers who do not have a birth certificate with a raised seal, and extending hours at five driver license centers in Philadelphia, officials said.

The addresses of the centers scheduled to open on Nov. 5 can be found on PennDOT's website or by calling 1-800-932-4600.