Inaccurate PA Dep’t of State Mailer: Voter ID Required
Several voters received a mail piece Monday – marked as paid for by the Pa. Department of State – which gives inaccurate information about identification requirements at the polls.
“Under a new law, voters are required to show an acceptable photo ID with a valid expiration date when voting on November 6.”
The requirement referred to in the piece was put on hold by a Pa. judge in October. Other public education efforts by the state were adjusted to note the fact that voters would be asked – but not required – to show ID.
But this mailer contains no such disclaimer.
State Sen. Daylin Leach is the chairman of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, a spokesman for whom sent the mailer to PoliticsPA. He said so far he had only heard of voters in Harrisburg who had received the piece.
He called the piece, “a blatant attempt at voter suppression.”
“I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but it’s troubling. We don’t know who sent this or why. If this is an attempt at voter suppression, whoever did this should go to jail,” he said.
Update: DOS spokesman Ron Ruman said the mailer was sent out in mid-September, before the injunction.
“We did a mailing of which this appears to be a part between Sept. 14 and 21. The Harrisburg area mailing was done Sept. 19. This mailing was done well before the Oct. 2 Commonwealth Court ruling that put the voter ID law on hold for this election. However, we have done no mailing since Sept. 21,” he said.
“We are looking into this issue. If it is one voter or a few who received this late, it could be an instance of an error by the post office. If it is something else, we will turn over any information we have to the proper law enforcement authorities for investigation.”
If it’s a mistake, like pre-sorted mail that was printed and set aside months ago, Leach said, “Oopsie isn’t enough.”
Here’s the back of the mailer: