Election Problems Already Starting

Postcards direct voters to wrong polling places. Committee of Seventy has ways to help.

Tuesday’s voting hasn’t started yet, but there are already problems popping up. The Daily News‘ Chris Brennan reports:

A union-backed political action committee mailed postcards to 30,000 registered voters in Philadelphia last week, providing them with inaccurate polling place information for Tuesday’s general election.

Kati Sipp, executive director for The Pennsylvania Working Families Party, said the group is now attempting to call every voter who received the inaccurate information. The group had been trying to reach “occasional voters” with the mailing.

“It was a human error, and a big one, but an honest one. We take this error seriously, and we are taking every step possible to correct it.”

No reason to think any dirty tricks were involved. But this is Philadelphia, and dirty tricks may yet be involved before the voting is over. The Committee of Seventy is here to help:

Seventy now has a dedicated hotline – 1-855-SEVENTY (1-855-738-3689) – open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on November 4 to help voters who are experiencing voting problems, are having trouble locating their polling place or want information on the candidates. Trained non-partisan volunteers also staff the hotline year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please make sure voters know about the personalized customer service available at 1-855-SEVENTY.

Remember: If you see something, say something.