Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Wednesday evening a bill that will require all voters to bring photo identification with them to the polls in November.
Corbett said the legislation would ensure the legitimacy of elections in Pennsylvania and uphold the principle of “one man, one vote” by preventing voter fraud.
The bill goes into effect immediately, though voters will be allowed to vote in the April 24 primary election without a photo ID, but will be reminded to bring one for the general election.
Voters without valid identification may cast a provisional ballot and will have six days to present their identification to the county election office to have their vote counted.
The bill was approved by the state Senate last week and the state House concurred with the Senate vote on Wednesday.
Democrats in both chambers loudly opposed the bill, which they said was a political attempt to disenfranchise some voters — including the elderly, those with disabilities and the youth — who typically vote Democratic.