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Second lady Dr. Jill Biden looks to increase voter turnout

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 08 2012 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 09 2012 05:05:35 AM CDT

Second lady looks to increase voter turnout

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Allentown got a visit from Dr. Jill Biden on Monday. Registering voters was on her mind.

The second lady of the United States is on a mission to get more people to register to vote in Pennsylvania.

The deadline to register is October 9.

Biden talked about keeping the country moving forward by getting more people to the polls.

"We need every one of you here to go out and help register voters so that we can move the country forward on election day," added Biden.

With 29 days until Americans decide who will be the next president, Dr. Jill Biden is asking volunteers to get more people to register to vote.

While she did talk about the last four years, she felt it was important that people know the Pennsylvania voter ID law has been suspended for the November 6 election.

"People do not need a photo ID to vote in this election," said Biden.

Other speakers talked about not voting in the 2008 election, and making sure they registered to vote in 2012.

"I decided that I can't rely on luck with so much at stake," said one speaker.

Volunteers in the crowd said after hearing the second lady of the United State speak they're inspired.

"We thought kind of like Pennsylvania is no longer a place where candidates need to spend much time to advertise," said Ludwig Schlecht, a volunteer. "She's taking the time out to visit a lot of cities including Allentown; that's a real plus."

So the push is on to get more people signed up.

"So please today, tomorrow, please get out there, get out working, go out and canvass, call your friends, get people registered because we need you," added Biden.

Tuesday Jill Biden will hold more voter registration rallies.

She will be in Reading, Lancaster, and Philadelphia.