27 Bedford County Citizens Inducted into PA Voter Hall of Fame

Jun 18, 2010, 12:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of State

BEDFORD, Pa., June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of State today inducted 27 Bedford County residents into the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame.

"The strength of our nation is based upon the right of each citizen to vote," Department of State Executive Deputy Secretary Tom Weaver said. "Today we salute those who have steadfastly cast their ballots and reaffirmed the value of our democratic process. We are grateful for their lifelong commitment to democracy, and we proudly induct them into the Pennsylvania Voter Hall of Fame."

The new inductees will have their names added to a book in the Pennsylvania Voter Exhibit and Voter Hall of Fame, located at the Department of State in Harrisburg. The permanent exhibit, which documents the state's political heritage, was established to acknowledge Pennsylvanians who have voted in every November election for at least 50 consecutive years. There are now almost 15,000 individuals listed in the Voter Hall of Fame.

Voter Hall of Fame applications may be obtained from county boards of election or downloaded from the Department of State website at www.dos.state.pa.us.

A searchable database of Hall of Fame honorees is available online at the same website. Click on "Voting and Elections" and then "Voter Hall of Fame" on the left navigation bar.

"For 50 years, the Bedford County residents we are recognizing today have exercised their right to vote as citizens of Pennsylvania," Weaver said. "I encourage everyone to follow their example by registering to vote by the Oct. 4 deadline and by preparing for election day by visiting the Department of State's voter education website, VotesPA.com, and casting a ballot in every election."

For more information, visit www.dos.state.pa.us or call 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772).

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of State