To The Editor:
As an advocate, I have worked for many years to assist families and individuals in the region navigate the complicated Education, Human Services, and Veteran services programs in Pennsylvania. I help people find services they need and teach them how to they can in turn help others as well.
I am also a candidate running for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for the 158th Legislative District. I am and will always be an advocate for people. I believe public service should be a calling and not a career. We need people in office who are committed to working for the people not the power brokers.
Last week my campaign sent an informational letter to the voters in my district whose names appeared on the Department of State “mismatched list.” There were more than 700 voters whose name on their drivers license does not exactly match the name that appears on the voter rolls in voter services. Being on this list COULD indicate that the voter MAY have a problem with their right to vote if the Photo ID Voter bill stands as law. Now voters have a new online tool to help them determine if they may have difficulty voting in November. Voters can now go to www.corbettslist.com and find out of their names are on the list with Frank Dermody, Leader of the Democratic House Caucus HD 33. (His Driver’s license says Frank while his given name is Francis) or William Adolph II Republican State Representative from HD 165 or any of the other 19 State Representatives whose names appear on the “Mismatch list.”
I feel all Pennsylvanians have the right to know that they could possibly have a problem when they go to the polls. Knowledge is power. I received many positive phone calls from people expressing gratitude because my letter will give them the opportunity to correct any conflict with their ID before the election. There are more than 786,000 names on this list.
I have also received a call from Chester County Voter Services telling me that a couple of people were angry that they received a letter from a candidate and not the Department of State. I cannot speak for the Department of State, but took this step because I believed it was important for people to have this information as quickly as possible. I understand that the Department of State will be sending out letters but I have no way of knowing what their time frame is.
I believe the people of my district, our county and this state deserve to know if their vote is in danger. If the Voter ID law is upheld, this election day may be a horrendous one and as an advocate and a candidate, I want the people in my district to have the information they need in order to move through that day as smoothly as possible and be sure that they have the opportunity to vote.
Susan F. Rzucidlo
New Garden Township
Democratic Candidate PA House 158th District