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A final decision on the ongoing controversy over voter identification in Pennsylvania is being put off again.

A state judge has barred enforcement of the state’s strict voter-identification law in the Nov. 5 general election.

Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley also barred the state from requiring local elections officials to verbally tell voters at the polls that photo IDs could be required in future elections. But he says officials can distribute written material about the law.

McGinley’s ruling marks the third consecutive election in which enforcement of the law has been blocked by court order.

Regardless, Penn State students will continue to be issued valid photo IDs with expiration dates.

Before voting, students must register and can do so online at

Students who are already registered can remain so at their home address and vote with an absentee ballot, or register at their school address.

If students change their registration and live in Pennsylvania, county officials likely will see that and can make the switch. However, for out-of-state students, officials recommend they notify their home elections office before registering in Centre County.

Most Penn State students will vote at the following precincts, all located at the HUB: State College precincts 24, 25, 27, 33 and 44.