PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says he has an easy and accessible plan to allow every registered voter in the county to obtain voter identification.

Fitzgerald says he wants every registered voter to be able to go to the polls without a problem in this year’s Presidential election.

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But because the state’s voter ID law is still in effect, he says thousands of local voters will be denied that right because the Corbett administration’s plan to get voter IDs is too complicated and burdensome on individual citizens.

So, Fitzgerald has a plan to issue all voters identification from the four Kane Regional Centers and the eight campuses and centers of the Community College of Allegheny County.

Voters can get these IDs even if they are not Kane residents or students at CCAC.

Here’s the way it works:

  • Citizens must be registered to vote.
  • Then, give a birth date so they can be matched to voter rolls.
  • Then, they must provide one of these forms of identification: non-photo Pennsylvania-issued ID, a non-photo United States ID, a firearm permit, a current utility bill, a current bank statement, a paycheck or a government-issued check.
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Fitzgerald says if the state won’t make it easy for voters to vote in this November’s election, he will.

“Our job is to make this voting accessible, and we think this really helps people throughout this county and throughout Western Pennsylvania have the ability to vote,” Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald adds that he is also working to create a mobile identification process so that officials from Kane and CCAC can go out into the neighborhoods and communities to issue voter IDs in a way that makes everyone able to vote in November.

There’s been no reaction yet from the state.

Stay with KDKA for more on this developing story.

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