By Cherri Gregg

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Department of State has made a change to voter ID procedures that will mean one less trip to PennDOT for Pennsylvania-born voters.

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Up until now, Pennsylvania born voters who did not have a birth certificate had to go to PennDOT, ask to get their birth verified and then go home and wait ten days for a certification letter. Then they had to make a second trip to PennDOT to get an ID. That process is no longer.

“If you come with your social security card, we are going to certify that you were born in Pennsylvania birth electronically, while you wait at PennDOT. And you’ll be able to walk out with an ID.”

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Ellen Mattleman Kaplan works for voting rights watchdog Committee of Seventy. With less than 60 days until the election, she says eliminating the 10 day waiting period means voters have more time to get ID.

“Now you’re going to be able to get your photo ID up to and including November 6th.

For more info on how to get a voter ID, go to votespa.com.

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