Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Urges Corbett Administration to Take the Lead in Ensuring Voters Are Informed Of the Changes Ordered by Judge Simpson's Injunction of the Voter ID Act

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder today called on the Administration to immediately begin a new public education campaign which clearly and accurately informs all voters that the requirement of showing a valid photo ID has been delayed and will not be required to vote in the November Election, according to Judge Simpson's temporary injunction.

"We applaud Judge Simpson for delaying full implementation of the act; however, it is critical that the Department of State immediately inform all voters of the changes based upon Judge Simpson's decision. Their current public awareness program is no longer accurate and will lead to confusion and disenfranchisement of voters. The Administration and the Department of State needs to act now in providing the same degree of resources and effort in informing the citizens and the poll workers that a photo ID will not be required in order to vote in the November election," Bloomingdale said.

"All of the advertising should be pulled today and a new advertising campaign should be deployed immediately informing all registered voters and poll workers of the changes ordered by Judge Simpson. We will continue our non-partisan campaign of helping registered voters obtain a valid photo ID but the Administration must take the lead in educating and informing all registered voters that they will be able to vote even if they do not have a valid photo ID. We are going all out to make sure every vote counts, in this critical election and future elections," Snyder concluded.

SOURCE Pennsylvania AFL-CIO