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Election Protection for Voter Confusion

Voters who have questions about the election can call the Committee of Seventy’s “Election Protection” hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

By Catherine Brown
|  Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012  |  Updated 7:04 PM EDT
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The election is right around the corner, but Pennsylvania residents still have questions about voter id. A flier mailed out to retired Philadelphia city workers caused some confusion about the voter ID law. NBC10 Tim Lake reports. Voters who have questions about the election can call the Committee of Seventy’s “Election Protection” hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

NBC10 Philadelphia - Tim Lake

The election is right around the corner, but Pennsylvania residents still have questions about voter id. A flier mailed out to retired Philadelphia city workers caused some confusion about the voter ID law. NBC10 Tim Lake reports. Voters who have questions about the election can call the Committee of Seventy’s “Election Protection” hotline: 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

The November general election is three weeks away and we're learning there are still questions about voting in Pennsylvania.

"The Committee of Seventy asked Mayor Nutter to use all of his communications networks through city government to let everyone know about the Voter ID law," Ellen Kaplan, with the Committee of Seventy, told NBC10.

Kaplan, Vice President and Policy Director, says the city had good intentions sending out out a flier to city pensioner. The mailer said, "Photo ID Required." But that message was written and inserted into the mailing before the October 2 court ruling that set aside the photo ID requirement in next month's election.

"One of the things that the city government has done -- and they've done a number of things -- is to send mailings out to people who are in city government or have been part of city government," Kaplan said.

The Committee of Seventy has published a new flier to hand out and hang on doors around the city of Philadelphia, letting voters know that you don't need a photo ID to vote on November 6.

At the Philadelphia City Commissioner's office in City Hall, they are also working to correct any information that's causing confusion for voters.

"You're going to hear a lot of different messages," Dennis Lee, Chief Deputy Commissioner said. "Just remember one thing her in Philadelphia -- we're going to make sure that your vote is counted."

Lee says his message to voters is -- don't miss your opportunity to have a say in this election.

"Come to the polls. It is not necessary to bring ID, only if you're a first-time voter, but come to the polls and vote on November 6."

Pennsylvania first-time voters, of people voting for the first time at a new polling place, will need identification, with or without a photo.

Voters who have any questions about the election can call the Committee of Seventy's Election Protection hotline at 1-866-687-8683.

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