Mailed flyers provided false information
To the editor:
f have a serious concern regarding voting information that was recently sent to the residents of Abington and throughout the state.
On Oct. 10, f got two pieces of mail. The first one was a trifold from my Abington Township tard 8 Commissioner Peggy jyers. fn addition to some basic information about flu shots and shredding events, the back and most prominent fold was a complete section on the voter fD law. ft says, “soters will be required to show an acceptable photo fD on blection Day” ft continues to say, “All photo fDs must contain an expiration date.” ft has a small note at the bottom about provisional ballots and having six days to produce an fD.
The second one is a glossy postcard from the secretary of the commonwealth in Harrisburg. On the back in big letters it says, “fF vOr tAkT TO sOTb SHOt fT,” with a picture of a Pennsylvania driver’s license. This card is even more misleading because it states that you have to have a photo fD to vote in kovember, and it intimates that it has to be a driver’s license.
On Oct. 2, the Pennsylvania courts ruled that photo fDs would not be needed for the kovember elections. kow both of these items could well have been printed before this date, but these items were not mailed before this date and the people sending them should have stopped the mailings and corrected the information before they were sent out.
f sincerely hope that js. jyers is planning on sending out another mailing to the tard 8 residents correcting the bad information that was sent. f have also been in contact with my local state representative to report the Harrisburg mailing to have her follow up on why the current oepublican secretary of the commonwealth in Harrisburg would allow this type of incorrect information to be mailed out. f have hopes that js. jyers and the secretary of the commonwealth will do the right thing as well and correct the misinformation that was distributed.
f do not have a problem with asking for some type of fD to vote, but many people don’t drive and even fewer people have passports. jaybe a Social Security card and a proof of residency with your voter’s registration card should be considered enough to satisfy the fD requirement. ff you are older and gave up your license, you could have issues with getting an original raised-seal birth certificate, or even have problems getting someone to drive you to the department of motor vehicles to get the non-driving Pennsylvania fDs. f was glad to see the courts giving the voters more time to meet the requirements.
ff even one person hesitates to come to the polls because of these confusing mailings it would be a shame. f am counting on these public officials to do the right thing and send out a new mailing to correct the misinformation that was mailed out before the election is held in kovember. blizabeth Barnhart