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The Changes To Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law

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Fox 29 wants to help you prepare for the November election.

On Tuesday in Pennsylvania, a state Commonwealth Court judge ruled the requirement that voters show a valid photo ID will not be in place for the upcoming November election.

Below, you can read some of the major changes leading up to election day, drawn from information from the Associated Press.

New rules to the law and how they impact you

Voters no longer need photo ID:

Judge Robert Simpson issued an injunction against provisions of the law that would keep people from voting if they don't have photo identification. Those voters will not be required to follow an alternative procedure in which they would vote by a provisional ballot, and then prove their identity to county election officials within six days of the election. Instead, they will vote the same as others.

Tuesday's ruling only extends to the coming election:

The legal challenge to the law will continue before Simpson, with a status conference set for Dec. 13 in Harrisburg.

Judge says law could disenfranchise some voters:

Simpson said that with five weeks to go before the election, some people who would need photo IDs to vote might not get them in time.

Voter education about photo ID will continue:

Opponents sought a ban on outreach and educational efforts regarding the need for photo ID. Simpson denied that request.

Election officials may still ask for ID at the polls:

As occurred in the spring primary, voters can be asked for photo ID, but if they don't have one, they won't be kept from voting.

What's at stake:

Supporters of the law framed it as a means to prevent voter fraud, and a key state House Republican lawmaker predicted it would be critical to helping presidential candidate Mitt Romney win the state. Opponents said it would result in qualified voters being unable to cast ballots that are counted.

We've listed several links on the side of this story to help you.

Check back regularly on myfoxphilly.com and Fox 29 News for updates leading up to the November election.

You can also find the latest political news on the myfoxphilly.com Politics page.

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