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PA: Wrong voting site on sign could hurt GOP, Dems

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By PA Independent Staff

SIGN OF THE TIMES: A misdirected voters to the wrong polling place, a move which could hurt both parties.

HARRISBURG — A door-hanger in York County directed some voters to the wrong polling place, according to media reports.

Jeff Frantz, a reporter for the Harrisburg Patriot-News, reports that the door-hanger features a picture of President Barack Obama and urges voters to support Obama and Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.

Frantz writes that the mailer claims it was paid for by the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania.

Bob Kefauver, chairman of the York County Democratic Party, said the mix-up was the result of an error by volunteers and not anything “nefarious.”

York County is home to the 4thCongressional District, where state Rep. Scott Perry, the Republican nominee, is considered a heavy favorite to defeat Harry Perkinson, the Democratic nominee, in the highly Republican district.  Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Platts is retiring at the end of the current term.

The city of York, where the inaccurate door-hanger was spotted, is one of two Democratic strongholds in the district – the other being Harrisburg.

The confusion could also hurt state Rep. Eugene DePasquale, D-York, who is seeking to become the state’s new attorney general.  He is opposed by state Rep. John Maher, R-Allegheny.

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Eric is a reporter for Watchdog.org and former bureau chief for Pennsylvania Independent. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he enjoys great weather and low taxes while writing about state governments, pensions, labor issues and economic/civil liberty. Previously, he worked for more than three years in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, covering Pennsylvania state politics and occasionally sneaking across the border to Delaware to buy six-packs of beer. He has also lived (in order of desirability) in Brussels, Belgium, Pennsburg, Pa., Fairfield, Conn., and Rochester, N.Y. His work has appeared in Reason Magazine, National Review Online, The Freeman Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Washington Examiner and elsewhere. He received a bachelor's degree from Fairfield University in 2009, but he refuses to hang on his wall until his student loans are fully paid off sometime in the mid-2020s. When he steps away from the computer, he enjoys drinking craft beers in classy bars, cheering for an eclectic mix of favorite sports teams (mostly based in Philadelphia) and traveling to new places.