October 20, 2020

Retiree Organization and NFL Players Association Team Up to Educate Older Pennsylvania Voters About Voting in 2020

New PSA Encourages Older Voters to Vote by Mail During the Pandemic

Pittsburgh – The Pittsburgh chapter of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) Former Players and the Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans today released a public service announcement (PSA) to encourage all Pennsylvania seniors to vote and ensure they are aware of how to cast a ballot by mail. This year’s elections mark the first time that any Pennsylvania voter can get a mail ballot.

The PSA features Robin Cole, vice president of the NFLPA Former Players Pittsburgh chapter and retired linebacker who won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1979 and 1980, his wife Judith Cole, and Harriet Ellenberger, a member of the Pennsylvania Alliance. The Pennsylvania Alliance is a state affiliate of the Alliance for Retired Americans with more than 335,000 members statewide. National Alliance Executive Director Richard Fiesta, a native of Connellsville, Pennsylvania, moderated their discussion.

“Everyone needs to make a plan to vote this year,” said Mr. Cole. “I usually vote at the church, but this year Judith and I are going to vote by mail. You can request a mail ballot online at www.VotesPA.com.”

“I already received my mail ballot,” said Ms. Ellenberger. “Mail voting is easy and convenient, but it is important to return your ballot right away. You can put your ballot in the mail or return it to your county board of elections in person. Either way, everyone needs to vote.”

The PSA can be viewed on YouTube and will be promoted on Facebook from now until Election Day.

Members of the NFLPA urge all Americans to vote this November. The Alliance for Retired Americans is fighting to ensure older Pennsylvanians are able to cast a ballot that will actually be counted during the pandemic. Earlier this year it won a significant case in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court which ensures that any ballot postmarked by Election Day must be counted if it is received within 3 days after Election Day, and allowing more than one ballot drop off location in each county.

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Contact: Lisa Cutler, lcutler@retiredamericans.org

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