Voting has been particularly confusing in battleground states

By Lara Seligman

November 6, 2012

A new Pennsylvania voter-identification law requiring all voters to provide photo IDs is causing confusion at the polls, even though it is not yet in effect.

Pennsylvania passed the tough new voter-ID law requiring all voters to provide photo IDs with an expiration date, but a Pennsylvania court blocked implementation of the law until after the 2012 election. Only first-time voters are currently required to show identification.

But Allegheny County officials received a complaint early Tuesday morning that Republicans outside a polling station on Maple Street in Homestead, Pa., were stopping voters outside the polls and demanding identification. A county judge ordered a halt to partisan electioneering outside polling stations, according to Pittsburgh's Tribune-Review.

Meanwhile, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported confusion at polling stations across the metro area. At a site in South Philadelphia, a poll worker began asking for IDs after she was asked by a visitor why she was not instructing voters to provide them.

Voters in Harrisburg reportedly received mailers instructing them incorrectly that they must provide state-approved identification to vote, according to The Philadelphia Daily News. The mailers were produced by the Pennsylvania State Department and sent out in September, before the Oct. 2 ruling. 

A Pennsylvania voter on Tuesday morning posted a video on Youtube in which his vote for President Obama was repeatedly changed into one for GOP candidate Mitt Romney, NBC News confirmed. The machine was taken out of service.

Other problems are cropping up, particularly -- no surprise -- in Pennsylvania and battleground states:


By Lara Seligman

November 6, 2012

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