Pennsylvanians unsure about the requirements of their state’s new voter ID bill have some notable company: their governor.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) on Wednesday couldn’t remember when asked by a reporter what forms of identification would be accepted under the voter ID law he signed earlier this year.
Corbett was asked about a new report showing that 43 percent of Philadelphia voters lack a valid form of identification issued by the state.
“We’ve been working with the nursing homes to get people new ID. It can be military ID. There’s two or three other forms right now off the top of my head I don’t have it here in front of me,” Corbett said.
The forms of ID Corbett forgot about include employee IDs issued by the federal or state government, passports and college IDs.The percentage of voters in heavily Democratic Philadelphia who lack a current form of state-issued identification outnumbers by far the percentage in any other part of the state.
Pennsylvania admitted ahead of a lawsuit over the measure that it has no evidence of in-person voter fraud, the only type of voter fraud that would be prevented by the voter ID law. The law, passed by a Republican-controlled legislature, is currently being reviewed by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
Here’s video of Corbett’s response to a reporter’s question, posted by Pennsylvania Democrats.