Meadville Tribune

November 6, 2012

Second incorrect voter id sign posted by county officials

By Pat Bywater
MEADVILLE TRIBUNE

MEADVILLE — Crawford County election officials posted not just one, but two signs incorrectly stating that voters must present identification in order to cast ballots Tuesday.

The first sign was reported by voters in the morning and steps were taken for it to be removed by late morning.

The second sign was still up at at least one polling place at about 6:30 p.m., according to a voter who called the Tribune. This sign, one green paper and titled “Election News” was less obvious than the first, but the first item it lists reads “New state laws require all voters who appear to vote in a precinct to provide election officials with proof of identification.”

This sign, like the one reported in the morning, was put together by county election officials after the state legislature passed a law requiring voters to present id. The signs were put in a packet for election workers but were not removed once a state judge set aside the id requirement for this election.

County election officials have described the inclusion and posting of the signs as an oversight.