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The voter ID law will be the focus of a Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee public hearing from 2 to 4 p.m. today in Waverly, Lackawanna County.


State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich, D-Taylor, requested the hearing and will serve as co-chairman.


The hearing will discuss the impact the new law will have on voting procedures in the upcoming primary and general elections. It will also examine how the changes could affect the general public, including seniors, veterans and people with disabilities. Audience members will be able to make comments at the end of the hearing.


Under the law, acceptable photo IDs include a driverÔ??s license, a student ID with an expiration date IDs from a personal-care home, or those issued by the military or a federal, state, county or municipal entity. Voters who come to the polls without a photo ID would be allowed to cast a provisional ballot, and then would have six days to present officials with an acceptable ID.


Among those scheduled to testify are representatives from the Lackawanna County Department of Elections, NEPA Center for Independent Living, AARP Pennsylvania and The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania.


The hearing will be in the auditorium at Waverly Community House, 115 N. Abington Road, Waverly.


Gov. Tom Corbett signed the bill into law on March 14. It passed the state House by a margin of 104-88 with three Republicans joining every one of the chamberÔ??s 85 Democrats in opposition. The state Senate passed it March 7 by a 26-23 tally. Every Democrat in the Senate, plus three Republicans, voted against it.


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