The changes in voting for this primary election season and new voting machines have created a need for flexibility and education for both voting officials and voters. The League of Women Voters of Bucks County studied the range of voting systems proposed for Bucks County and concluded that hand-marked paper ballot systems are the best and most secure choice. The League of Women Voters has long fought to expand voter access and to challenge efforts that threaten our democracy. More secure voting systems and increased access to voting brought about by Act 77 are welcome changes.
Attending Bucks County Board of Elections meetings and communicating with the county department has affirmed our confidence that our Board of Elections is doing a tremendous job in anticipating voters’ and election workers’ needs and preparing for them. The County is making every opportunity to give voters a chance to familiarize themselves with changes in the voting laws and to even have hands-on experiences with the new voting machines which are different but straightforward and easy to use.
In yet another step to educate voters ahead of the primary voting, the Bucks County Board of Elections has asked the League of Women Voters of Bucks County to assist in educating voters about the new voting system which will be used for the first time in the April 28th Primary Election. The LWVBC has created a program called “Vote! 2020!” which not only explains the new voting system, but also the newly enacted voting laws which include revised dates for registration and absentee voting and the introduction of “no-excuse” mail-in ballots. Trained League volunteers have begun taking this program out to the public. Organizations in Bucks County that are interested in helping their members prepare for voting and have this presentation are encouraged to contact the League at 215-230-9986 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monica Weninger, Acting President
League of Women Voters of Bucks County