Bucks County is focused on making sure residents within the county have the proper voter identification for this year's November elections.
The Bucks County Voter ID Education Advisory Group, a group of 11 members from the county, spoke to the commissioners about their plans to help educate the public.
The group had met at three different public sessions to discuss ideas on how they can get the word out about the correct procedures for the voter ID.
Moderator of the group, Dr. Richard Coe, stated that the most vulnerable groups are the elderly, home-bound, new voters, and non-English speakers. It is estimated that around 25,000 residents of Bucks County do not have sufficient voter ID.
Thirty-seven different ideas were presented to the commissioners, ranked by priority status. Some of the recommendations include using social media sites, making a video for the municipality websites, revising poll worker training, and having an information table at the Grange Fair.
"Something has to be done so that the poll workers know the rules when this election takes place," suggested Connie Borichevsky, co-president, Bucks County League of Women Voters, "because if they don't know the rules, obviously the voters are going to be in the dark about what is required and what is the law."
"We don't want any surprises on election day," Coe stated, saying that the largest challenge is to get all the information to the voters. "We don't want someone coming to the polls [on election day,] hearing this for the first time."
The county is also frustrated with the frequent changes being made to the voter ID law and the correct procedures.
"We're at a loss for what information to get out there," stated chairman Robert Loughery.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU) is currently suing the state, believing the new voter ID law to be unconstitutional.
"I really believe that the lawsuit in the end will be won, and we won't have to deal with all this," said Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia, "which concerns me just in terms of how much effort and money we put in to trying to make sure people have their voter ID."
"There's an excellent effort under way," said Commissioner Charles Martin about the county's work to inform the public. Mail is also being distributed from the state to every household within Pennsylvania with voter ID information.
For more information about the current ID required to vote, visit votespa.com.