Rendell urges voters to avoid peak times tomorrow
Monday, November 03, 2008
By Tom Barnes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
HARRISBURG -- Some estimates put the number of people who will cast ballots in tomorrow's election as high as 80 percent of Pennsylvania's record number of 8.75 million registered voters, Gov. Ed Rendell said today.
Such a high level of voter interest is good, he said, but urged voters, when possible, to go to the polls to vote during off-peak times, in order to avoid long lines.
That means going between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to avoid the before-work and after-work rushes. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. People who are standing in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
He also reminded people to check with the county elections board in their home country as to whether voters are permitted to wear political campaign T-shirts, buttons and hats -- items with a candidate's name on it -- into a polling place when they vote. A recent court decision left that decision up to elections officials in each of the 67 counties, so the decision in one county could differ from that of a neighboring county.
He also reminded people who are voting for the first time, or for the first time in a new precinct, to take with them a form of identification, such as a Pennsylvania driver's license, a student ID, or a current utility bill or bank statement.
Tomorrow's election is a one-day event and will not be extended to Wednesday. Some voters have reported getting calls telling them their party will vote on Wednesday because of the high turnout expected.http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08308/925012-100.stm?cmpid=news.xml