PITTSBURGH, OCT. 30, 2008—With the General Election less than a week away, state Sen. Wayne Fontana is encouraging Pennsylvania voters to visit VotesPA.com, the Department of State’s interactive voter education Web site.

“It is important that all Pennsylvanians exercise their right to vote in this critical General Election,” Fontana said.  “This site is an excellent tool that helps all Pennsylvanians prepare for Election Day, and I strongly recommend that voters take advantage of this valuable resource.”

VotesPA.com provides a variety of resources, including information for various types of voters, including first-time voters, college students, older Pennsylvanians, citizens with disabilities, members of the military, and voters who have recently moved or changed their name.

The Web site offers an Election Day assistant, which helps voters find their polling place and identifies what they need to bring.  The site also offers answers to questions people may have about electronic voting machines with a voting system demonstration video. 

The site is particularly useful for first-time voters or voters who are voting in a precinct for the first time; a list of acceptable types of identification they need to present at the polling place is available, as well as registration confirmation and printable directions to polling places.  Voters can even sign up to receive election-related text message reminders.

“The Department of State worked extremely hard to create a user-friendly site that makes finding information quick and easy for Pennsylvania voters.” Fontana said.  “They have done an excellent job, and I can’t recommend this Web site enough.”

VotesPA.com was recently ranked fourth in a national poll for its design and usability.