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How Not to GOTV: Labor Group Sends Voters Wrong Polling Info.

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Nov 2014 08:47 AM

A labor-backed group in Pennsylvania sent out 30,000 letters as part of a get-out-the-vote effort, but mistakenly directed voters to the wrong polling station, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Pennsylvania Working Families intended for the mailer, entitled "Important Information for Philadelphia Voters," to encourage occasional voters to get to the polls on Tuesday. The group said the mistake was the result of a mail merge that went awry.

"It was a human error, and a big one, but an honest one," the group's director, Kati Sipp said in a statement, according to the Inquirer.

"We take this error seriously, and we are taking every step possible to correct it. With all the dirty tricks Philadelphia voters have seen, the last thing we would want is to further any confusion."

One official said that concerned residents have flooded his office with calls and emails.

"It's very bad," City Commissioner Al Schmidt told the Inquirer. "Our ability to mitigate the damage is limited at this point."

The mistaken information prompted concern among residents who thought they may have been victim to a voter-suppression campaign.

"What they attempted to do was worse than if they had done nothing at all," one resident told the Inquirer. "Incompetence is worse than inaction in this case. It looked like a voter-suppression effort."

Working Families organized a phone bank over the weekend to contact residents in an attempt to give them the correct information.

The group is supported by a range of labor organizations, including Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees.

It campaigns for issues such as education, affordable housing, minimum wage, healthcare access and climate change, the Inquirer reported.

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A labor-backed group in Pennsylvania sent out 30,000 letters as part of a get-out-the-vote effort, but mistakenly directed voters to the wrong polling station, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
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