Even if just one person attends Centre County Commissioner Michael Pipes town-hall meeting on the states Voter ID law, he will consider it a success.
Pipe is holding the session at 9 a.m. Saturday at Websters Bookstore Cafe on East Beaver Avenue to provide information about the law and answer questions that county residents might have.
It affects literally everybody over the age of 18, Pipe said of the law that requires a photo ID card at the voting booth. I hold voting very sacred.
He said the major questions that the more than 100,000 county voters have are based on which IDs are valid to use. There is a list of acceptable forms of identification, Pipe said, but they must be acquired from the state Department of Transportation.
Though he usually holds these types of meetings at public places such as in libraries, Pipe said he chose Websters as a test run for future events to be held at private businesses. This will provide more space and allow attendees to come and go, he said.
Pipe, a Democrat, said he and other members of his party largely opposed the legislation, but said he intends for this town hall to be a nonpartisan informational session.
Whether or not this law is something I personally support, its my job to make sure everyone has the tools, he said.
The voter ID issue has gained traction recently, and especially as speakers at the Democratic National Convention this week have been painting the requirement as unfair to minorities, the poor, students and the disabled.
This will not be the last of these types of meetings before the November election, but it is the only one scheduled at this time. Pipe also said he also plans to go to the Pleasant Gap Drivers License Center and get walked through the process of obtaining identification so he can better help Centre County residents.
Websters owner Elaine Meder-Wilgus said she is happy to host the meeting and hopes to see about 50 people attend.
We always love to see new people, she said. Its just something I feel is very important, that we continue civil discussion.
Matt Morgan can be reached at 235-3928. Follow him on Twitter @MetroMattMorgan