Reporting Pat Loeb
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By Pat Loeb
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Pennsylvania Department of State is in the midst of matching up voter registration rolls with Penndot driving records to find voters who don’t have the photo ID required by a new state voting law.
Local officials are anxious to get the results so they can help voters get the necessary ID to vote in the November elections.
Philadelphia city commissioner Stephanie Singer would have preferred her own office to do the matchup. She believes it would have been faster, and more reliable.
“As somewhat of a data geek myself, I wanted to check that when they do send us the data that it’s good, that it’s true, that it doesn’t have a lot of false positives or false negatives,” she tells KYW Newsradio.
Singer tried to contact Penndot directly but was barred from talking to them by the Department of State, which oversees elections.
Pennsylvania State Department spokesman Ron Ruman says that department just wants to insure the information is consistent statewide.
“The information provided to each county will be coming from the same database,” he said today. “To try to do it in 67 different counties would probably be a more difficult undertaking.”
Ruman says the state expects to have the information available by the end of the month.