Alle-Kiski Valley libraries participate in National Voter Registration Day
Phyllis Dreyfuss wasn’t afraid to ask people who came to the Harrison branch of the Community Library of Allegheny Valley on Tuesday if they were registered to vote.
Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day, so the Allegheny County Library Association teamed up with The League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh to hold voter registration events at the majority of its libraries, including two in the Alle-Kiski Valley.
“Excuse me, are you registered to vote?” Dreyfuss, a volunteer with the League, asked a woman. “Would you like to register to vote?”
“I am registered to vote,” the woman replied.
“Well, good for you,” Dreyfuss said.
The Harrison library held one event. A second was held at the Springdale Free Public Library.
Attendees were able to register to vote, update registrations, check polling places, get absentee ballot applications, check online to see if they were registered and receive nonpartisan voter information.
Dreyfuss and volunteer Doug Spindler were stationed at the Harrison library. Mary Miller, another volunteer, was at the Springdale library.
Dreyfuss and Spindler managed to register two people to vote by the end of the day. Dreyfuss said one woman who came to the library had never registered to vote before.
“(She) was very hesistant, and it was wonderful to register her,” Dreyfuss said. “I only hope that she’ll vote.”
Miller said about 25 adults came into the Springdale library during the time she was there. She spoke with all 25, and all but one person was already registered to vote. She said that person didn’t want to register to vote.
Miller said she expected a low turnout because the event was held on a weekday and a lot of people would be at work. She also expected that most people would already be registered.
She said she volunteered her time because she believes voting is a privilege and that it’s important. She thinks everyone should vote and be informed about the candidates and what they stand for before they do.
“This is nonpartisan. I’m not on anyone’s team here,” Miller said. “It’s just reminding people that we all have the right to vote and we should exercise that right.”
Madasyn Czebiniak is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at 724-226-4702, [email protected] or via Twitter @maddyczebstrib.