Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards and the staff of Organizing for America Pennsylvania (OFA PA) joined forces to open a new field office in Pottstown on Wednesday, August 22nd.
OFA PA and Commissioner Richards took the opportunity to inform those in attendance of their mission to help ensure that President Obama is reelected this November.
To help achieve their goal of keeping the President in the White House, the OFA PA staff and volunteers joined the commissioner in educating the community on the new Pennsylvania law that requires a photo ID in order to vote.
“I was at the shore this summer, and I saw a t-shirt that said ‘go hard or go home,’" said OFA volunteer Marlene Armato. “I’m asking you: Are you going to go hard or are you going to go home? Are you going to join us in making sure that everyone with the right to vote is able to vote because they have the proper ID?”
This challenge was posed throughout the night: asking that not only those in attendance have the appropriate ID before November, but that they spread awareness of the new law and voter ID requirements throughout the community.
“Many of the members of our community have ID’s without photos, and the only way that they can obtain them is to get to Norristown. There’s a gentleman in the community who has no way of getting there. He will get there, because I am going to drive him,” said Armato.
However, the event was not only focused on the need for proper identification for Election Day, but also gave State Rep. candidate Mark Painter the opportunity to speak briefly about his campaign and about the importance of registering to vote, as well as his desire to stop Harrisburg’s attacks on women’s health.
Attention was also given to Romney and Ryan’s campaign.
“Mitt Romney has doubled-down on what he stands for by choosing Paul Ryan,” said Commissioner Richards, as the room filled with cheers. “He does not stand for me, or for anyone in this room for that matter. He does not stand for women, for minorities, for the elderly, for education, or for repealing ‘don’t ask don’t tell’.”
Regional Field Director Dan Siegel followed up with, “I am proud to know that under President Obama, my mother – who has had cancer – will not be considered a pre-existing condition if she should ever not be able to work and lose her insurance. I am proud to know that my father, who is paralyzed after surgery two years ago will be able to receive the medical care that he requires.”
“I am proud that under President Obama we now have more women in office. Those are more women for my daughters, for all of our daughters to look up to. I am proud that, under my President, being a woman isn’t considered a pre-existing condition,” Commissioner Richards exclaimed.
By the end of the meeting the commissioner and OFA PA had left the crowd empowered, full of information on volunteering, and energized to make a difference in their community.
The OFA PA, State Rep. Painter, and the commissioner were available to speak to community members after their presentation ended, and encouraged everyone to enjoy the food and refreshments provided by local businesses.
For more information on how you can support President Obama in your community visit PA.BarackObama.com.
For information on the Pennsylvania Voter ID Law visit VotesPA.com.
For more information on State Rep. Mark Painter visit www.Painter2012.com.