By Cherri Gregg
HARRISBURG, Pa (CBS) — It was the final day of testimony on Wednesday in the courtroom battle over Pennsylvania’s voter ID law — and an official from the City Commissioner’s office is expecting a mess at the polls in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Deputy City Commissioner Jorge Santana testified on Wednesday that the city is bracing itself for major delays and problems at the polls in November. He says state figures show roughly one in three registered Philadelphia voters do not have a PennDOT ID or have an ID that will be one year expired by election day.
“Those people will be filing provisionals,” Santana says. “That’s never happened before. Our biggest number for provisionals was in 2008 where we had over 8,000 that were actually filed and counted.”
Santana says the city is preparing to have about 125 provisional ballots available on election day at the more than 1,600 polling places across Philadelphia.
He says another problem will be training the city’s more than 8,000 poll workers.
Santana testified that he is personally opposed to the voter ID law.