NORRISTOWN PA -You may benefit on Election Day by seeing a sample ballot before you see the real ballot, political wisdom goes.
If you’re a local registered voter, your arrival Tuesday (Nov. 6, 2012) at polling places in Lower Pottsgrove and Limerick townships, and Pottstown borough, is likely to be greeted by a flurry of partisan campaign workers standing outside the polls who are anxious to give you stuff. Mostly, it’s just paper. Mostly, it just mentions the names of the candidates they support and hope you’ll vote for. Accept, or ignore, any or all of it as you desire.
But many of those involved in politics agree that having a prepared list of candidates you favor, to take with you into a voting booth, helps avoid confusion and ensures you select office-holders who meet your criteria. That’s how a sample ballot can be valuable.
Montgomery County’s Voter Services Department has provided sample ballots for all of the county’s voting districts; one of them, for Lower Pottsgrove District 4, is reproduced above. The image is too small to be usable, but fear not. Simply click here, or on the image itself, and you’ll be taken to the Voter Services page that hosts sample ballots for voting districts anywhere in the county. It makes them available as Adobe Acrobat (PDF) documents.
Find and print yours there before you go to the polls, and circle your favorite candidates. Voila!: instant list.
Image from Montgomery County Voter Services