Monday November 12, 2018
Difficulties faced by Kutztown University students raise concerns.
It was frustrating to read "KU students say they were barred from voting" (Reading Eagle, Nov. 9). Whether the problem was the result of an error on the part of election officials or a voter suppression scheme, it illustrates why Pennsylvania needs to reform its voter registration and election systems. It should not be this hard to vote.
Our elected officials must make every effort to simplify the voter registration and election processes. Every eligible citizen should be allowed to cast a ballot without complications.
Election laws should promote voter engagement with no-excuse absentee ballots, early voting and same-day voter registration. The League of Women Voters of Berks County encourages everyone to contact their state legislators to demand a simplified registration and election system.
We feel for the students whose right to vote was denied on Election Day, and we feel their frustration about the confusing and complicated process. The league remains committed to its mission to assist and educate Berks County's voters. Kutztown University officials who acknowledge gaps in voter education can help by requiring that all students take a course in U.S. history or American government. We encourage all Berks colleges and universities to do the same.
Editor's note: Greene is president of the League of Women Voters of Berks County.
Registering, voting must be made easier