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“Secretary of the Commonwealth reminds Pennsylvanians of voter registration deadline”

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This April 13, 2015  Pittsburgh Action news article talks about the upcoming deadline for voter registration.  The deadline is April 20, 2015 if you plan on making your voice heard in the 2015 election you need to register now or you will lose that opportunity to be heard until next year.

“Today’s the deadline to register to vote in Pa. primary”

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This April 21, 2014 WITF article reminds us that today is the last day people who want to vote in the primary elections will be able to register to vote.  If you plan on voting be sure to ask yourself, “Am I registered to vote at my current address?”  If you have moved and plan on voting, it is important you register for your current address so you can be sure to have your voice heard on election day.

You can register to vote at any time, but today is the deadline for being able to vote in the primary.  So If you register tomorrow or next week, you will be in good shape for the general election in November, just not the primary.

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“Here’s why voter ID will be requested, not required, in November elections: PennLive letters “

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This October 15, 2013 article found on the Patriot-News powered Penn Live website in Central Pennsylvania, explains why voters will be asked for ID at the coming election, but NOT required in most cases to present it.  the long-standing rule about someone who is a first time voter at their assigned polling place will still apply.  Voters who have voted at their assigned polling place before will be asked for id, but NOT required to show it.  The new Voter ID law is still on hold by order of the state Supreme Court. Here’s a link to an August 16, 2013 article that talks about the court ruling on Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law found on the HuffPost website

 

“Oct. 7 is Deadline to Register to Vote in Pennsylvania Municipal Election”

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This September 27, 2013 article found on the GantDaily.com website reminds us that October 7th is the last day for Pennsylvanians wanting to vote in the November 2013 election, can register to do so.

I know there are people who don’t vote, and aren’t registered to do so for many reasons seemingly unique to everyone who chooses not to vote.  I also know that historically, people died or were imprisoned because they believed that every American should have the right to vote.  Those who fought for our Constitutional right to vote generally didn’t tell people how to vote, they left the decision of who people cast their vote for up to those who voted.  For them it wasn’t about how people voted, but rather if people could vote.  They wanted every American citizen regardless of race or gender to be able to have a voice in the political process, so that everyone who was subject to the laws in America could have an opportunity to be heard and make a difference.  Like those who came before me, I don’t care what name you put on your ballot or even what party you support or don’t support.  I simply want to know that folks in the mental health community in particular empower themselves and make their voices heard.  I want everyone to vote, but I guess you could say I have a soft spot for the mental health community …. my community and would love to see better representation from the mental health community at the polls.  You don’t need to know everything that goes on in the political realm, pick a topic that is interesting to you  and find out what your representatives are doing with regards to that topic.  I’m not an expert when it comes to politics, but what I do know is that if I don’t vote I am saying that I am willing to let others make every government decision without having any say in what is being decided.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t exactly enjoy being a doormat, I prefer to be able to say I spoke up.

 

“Voter ID law: 9% of Pennsylvania voters don’t have state photo card, officials say”

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This July 5, 2012 article on Pennlive.com talks about the issue of not every qualified voter in Pennsylvania being in possession of proper photo ID to enable them to vote and have their vote count in the November election.

“Project Vote: Voting Rights Organizations Begin Litigation to Enforce National Voter Registration Act in PA”

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This article found on the Project Vote website dated April 27, 2012  talks about a pre-litigation letter sent with regards to Pennsylvania’s failure to register low-income voters.  The article explains it much clearer.

Poll: If you are not registered to vote…

Please feel free to add your own reason for not being registered to vote if you don’t see one listed that applies to you.

Update on DVC call for State Performance Audit

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The above link will allow you to download a powerpoint presentation explaining why the Disability Voting Coalition of PA is calling for a performance audit with regards to voter registration of those who are elderly, disabled, or low-income.

Also a reminder that Wednesday of this week  is their monthly organizer call in.

here is the info from the email I received about the call in and the included powerpoint presentation ….

Hello, Disability Voting Coalition Members! This is to remind you that the DVC monthly organizer call will be this Wednesday, October 20 from 10:30 am – 12 noon. All DVC members are welcome to participate in this FREE conference call.

o   Here is the call-in information: The toll-free call-in number is 1-866-352-3799.  The participant code is *3493497* (yes, that is “star” before and after 3493497 — don’t forget the stars).

o   Topic of the call:

§  Election Day preparation

§  DVC request to Auditor General Jack Wagner to conduct a “Performance Audit” of Pennsylvania’s compliance with the voter registration requirements of the National Voter Registration Act

The attached Powerpoint gives some background information on WHY we will be requesting a performance audit and will help you prepare for Wednesday’s call.

Thanks to all of you for your ongoing support!

Rachel

DVC calls for ‘performance audit’

The following was emailed to me from someone involved with the Disability Voting Coalition of PA it is information that needs attention by DVC members prior to the Monthly Organizer Call I posted about recently that is coming up on October 20, 2010.  Also remember that membership with the Disability Voting Coalition is free and more information can be found at … http://www.dvcpa.org/

The file that was attached to the email can be found here ….  DVC_Auditor_General_Letter ( Adobe Acrobat reader is needed to view this file it is free)

The Disability Voting Coalition believes it is time to ask Auditor General Jack Wagner to conduct a “Performance Audit” of Pennsylvania’s compliance with the voter registration requirements of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

We need your support.

Follow the links in the attached letter ( DVC_Auditor_General_Letter ) to join our coalition of groups asking for this Performance Audit.

Please act before Wednesday, October 20th so that we can include your organization’s name in the request to Auditor General Wagner.

The Disability Voting Coalition has been tracking Pennsylvania’s performance under the NVRA.  The NVRA requires Pennsylvania to regularly offer voter registration opportunities to the all individuals served by state-funded disability service agencies, agencies providing aging-related services, public assistance benefits and others.   You can go to our website www.DVCPA.org and see the 4 year summary, county by county.

We believe there is evidence that vulnerable people with limited access to voter registration services are not getting voter registration services required by the NVRA.

A Performance Audit could answer whether voter registration services are actually missing in the majority of the state (as the data would suggest), or if they’re happening but not being reported.

Together we can strengthen our community – help us create a loud political voice! Please add your organization to the list of supporters.

DVC Monthly Orginizer Call and Newsletter

DVC Newsletter – october 2010 – This issue is in PDF Format, so if you don’t already have it you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader which is free in order to view it.

Also for those who are members of the Disability Voting Coalition ….

1.    Mark your calendars for the DVC monthly organizer call: Wednesday, October 20 from 10:30 – 12 noon. All DVC members are welcome to participate in this FREE conference call.

o   Here is the call-in information: The toll-free call-in number is 1-866-352-3799.  The participant code is *3493497* (yes, that is “star” before and after 3493497 — don’t forget the stars).

o   Topic of the call:

§  Election Day preparation

§  DVC request to Auditor General Jack Wagner to conduct a “Performance Audit” of Pennsylvania’s compliance with the voter registration requirements of the National Voter Registration Act

If you would are not a member but would like information on how to join the Disability Voting Coalition of PA, here’s a link to their website ….

http://www.dvcpa.org/

Membership is Free and open to people with all types of disabilities whether they be physical or mental.

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