Letter to Editor: Voter Participation Center Helps Eligible Americans Register to Vote
Founder Page Gardner responds to a recent Letter to the Editor a Jackson Township wrote of attempts by the organization to register her 16-year-old daughter to vote, despite her not being old enough to do so.
In a recent Letter to the Editor, a Jackson Township resident reported that our organization, the Voter Participation Center, erroneously sent a voter-registration application to her 16-year-old daughter. We are not familiar with this incident but, if true, we regret the mistake.
The Voter Participation Center is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that is only interested in helping eligible Americans to register to vote. In fact, since 2004 we have helped register 1.6 million Americans—enabling them to participate in our great democracy.
No state election officials in Pennsylvania or elsewhere publish lists of unregistered voters, and so we work with commercial vendors to build our own lists. We go to great lengths to ensure that these lists are accurate, but no list is perfect.
That’s why all our forms carefully explain in multiple locations that only eligible voters should apply. We specify who is–and is not–eligible to register to vote. And our forms provide both a website address and a smartphone scanning code to help mail recipients instantly check their registration status.
The Jackson Township resident also complained that the phone number on our website is not working. The number is active and working, and we encourage her to call us again so we can remove her from our mailing list.
More than three million people in Pennsylvania are eligible but not registered to vote, according to U.S. Census data. We hope all eligible Pennsylvanians will exercise their right to vote during this important election season.
Founder & President
Voter Participation Center