In reply to the editorial about the dismal showing by voters in the May 20 primary election (“Dismal Showing: Candidates and Voters Must Elevate Their Game,” May 22), I am concerned that this is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. I listen to local news every day and cannot remember newscasters reminding listeners of the May 20 date. A week before the election would be a great time as the local broadcast ends to mention the date and how important it is to vote. The newspaper should put the election date in the promotional boxes at the top of the front page at least a week ahead of time and a reminder there on Election Day. Possibly more people would vote if they do not have to actively search for when voting was actually taking place.
I only saw the date on cable news when it had a map of the United States, and Pennsylvania was highlighted for May 20.
Also, when I arrived at my voting place, there were no signs and no people standing outside with placards indicating their favorite candidates. In fact, I asked a woman who was parking next to me if this indeed was voting day. She said it was and she knew because she was working the polls. We both commented how sad that we see advertisements for everything except the date of the primary.
Yes, we see the candidates’ ads on TV till we are sick of them. But when I asked friends if they are voting, they are not certain when the voting is actually taking place.
Just a thought from a voter.
ELAINE A. DIVELY