Month: March 2016

Designers, Curators and Authors to Share Their Stories at the Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show, April 15-17

Theo tin prnewswirernrnPHILADELPHIA, March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Antiques and art experts from across the country will host a series of discussions during the 54th Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show, April 15-17 at The Navy Yard.rnrnSpeakers include: designer Ellie Cullman, consistently recognized by "Architectural Digest" on its AD 100 top designers list; Johanna McBrien, Editor-in-Chief of "Antiques & Fine Art" magazine and InCollect.com; Nancy Moses, award-winning author of Lost in the Museum: Hidden Treasures and the Stories they Tell; and Alexandra Kirtley, Curator of American Decorative Arts at Philadelphia Museum of Art.rnrnContinue reading rnrnA painting by contemporary artist Bo Bartlett. Available through the Sommerville Manning Gallery at this year's Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show, April 15-17 at The Navy Yard.rn rn rn rnA painting by contemporary artist Bo Bartlett. Available through the Sommerville Manning Gallery at this year's Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show, April 15-17 at The Navy Yard.rnIn addition to the designers, curators and authors sharing their stories, there is also a special loan exhibit, "Secret Treasures," that is filled with unique objects from dealers' personal collections. Many of the collectibles have seldom been exhibited publicly.rnrnLong regarded as one of the best Shows of its kind, this year's event features 58 dealers specializing in a wide range of periods and styles – offering a selection of furniture, fine and decorative arts, silver, textiles, porcelain and jewelry from the 17th through the mid-20th centuries. More contemporary art is being infused into the mix as well, which is a change from years past.rnrn"We're very excited to take the Show back to The Navy Yard after a few years in Center City. It's become such a vibrant, thriving campus – and a perfect backdrop for an event where the focus is on 'old being new again,'" said Nancy Kneeland, who is co-chairing with Anne Hamilton.rnrnThe Philadelphia Antiques & Art Show is open to the public Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 from 11am until 8pm and Sunday, April 17 from 11am until 5pm. General admission is $20/person and includes entry into the regular programming, with discounts available for students, seniors and groups. Tickets are currently on sale.rnrnFor a complete schedule or to purchase tickets, visit PhiladelphiaAntiquesandArtShow.com or call 610-902-2109.rnrnPresented by The Haverford Trust Company, the Show has raised funds for Penn Medicine since 1962.rnrnPhoto – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160329/348964rnrnSOURCE The Philadelphia Antiques & Art ShowrnrnRelated Linksrnrnhttp://philadelphiaantiquesandartshow.com

Thị trưởng Thành Phố Philadelphia Jim Kenney Tham Dự Lễ Kỷ Niệm Chiến tranh Việt Nam

Theo tin thị trưởng thành phố Philadelphia rnrnVietnam War CommemorationrnTue, March 29, 4pm – 5pmrnWhere rnPennsylvania National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Road, Philadelphia, Pa.rnmaprnCalendar rnmayorphiladelphia@gmail.comrnDescription rnMayor Kenney, Councilman Derek Green, and Councilman Alan Domb will all attend this event honoring local Vietnam War Veterans. Army Lt. Jerry Sinn, Ret., will speak of his experience during the war and each Vietnam Veteran in attendance will receive a pin for their service and a presidential proclamation honoring the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

Thị trưởng Jim Kenney Khai Mạc Lễ Kỷ Niệm Thành Phố Philadelphia Mừng Jazz Lần Thứ 6 Hằng Năm Trong Tháng Tư

Theo tin thành phố PhiladelphiarnrnMayor Jim Kenney kicks off Philly Celebrates JazzrnrnMarch 28, 2016 by Office of the MayorrnFor Immediate Release: March 28, 2016rnContact: Pamela Yau, (215) 686-4478, Pamela.Yau@phila.govrnrnMayor Jim Kenney kicks off Philly Celebrates Jazz and Honors World-renowned Jazz Bassist and Philadelphian, Christian McBridernrnPHILADELPHIA – Mayor Jim Kenney will proclaim April as Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month and honor a native son, five-time Grammy Award winner, and world-renowned jazz bassist Christian McBride at the Philly Celebrates Jazz Kick-Off. Held on Monday, March 28 at 3PM in the Mayor’s Reception Room, 2016 marks the City’s 6th annual celebration of Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month, Philly Celebrates Jazz.rnrnA celebrated jazz bassist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and educator, McBride will join the company of past honorees including legendary jazz musicians McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Ron Carter, Charlie Rice, and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia.rnrn“Christian McBride is an ambassador of Philadelphia to the world, not only through his music, but also through his work as an educator and advocate for music education,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “Christian’s story and accomplishments demonstrates the power of arts education, in our schools and communities, and the impact it can have on a person’s life and how we can encourage and build the next generation of musicians, artists, and creative thinkers.”rnrnPhilly Celebrates Jazz is led by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, and raises public awareness of the jazz heritage of the city, along with the vibrant jazz scene that thrives to this day through a month-long celebration of jazz. Philly Celebrates Jazz is in celebration of April as Jazz Appreciation Month, an initiative of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History that marks its 15th anniversary in 2016.rnrn“The mission of Philly Celebrates Jazz is to showcase jazz, from live performances, art exhibitions, to films, throughout the city of Philadelphia during Jazz Appreciation Month. The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is proud to lead the city in this celebration, during which we hope Philadelphians will discover that jazz is all around them,” said City of Philadelphia’s Chief Cultural Officer Kelly Lee.rnrnChristian McBride was born in Philadelphia on May 31, 1972, the son of Renee McBride-Williams and jazz bassist Lee Smith. McBride grew up in West Philadelphia, and his earliest musical mentors were his father Lee Smith and his great uncle and jazz bassist Howard Cooper. He would later become a student of the Philadelphia School District’s Philadelphia Creative and Performing Arts High School from which he graduated in 1989, as well as Settlement Music School, and the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts before moving on to attend the Julliard School in New York City.rnrnMcBride has won five Grammy Awards, most recently for Best Improvised Solo for jazz standard Cherokee, and has been named as the new Artistic Director of the world-renowned Newport Jazz Festival. McBride can be heard regularly on the radio as the host of NPR’s Jazz Night in America. He also serves as the Artistic Chair of Jazz House Kids, the only community arts organization in New Jersey exclusively dedicated to educating children through jazz.rnrn“On behalf of myself and my family I am incredibly proud to receive this honor from the city of Philadelphia, my hometown,” said 2016 Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month Honoree Christian McBride. “My time in Philadelphia, and especially as a student of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and at the Settlement Music School has helped me become the musician and person I am today.”rnrnDuring the Philly Celebrates Jazz Kick-off, the artists and photographers of Art in City Hall exhibition Live Philly Jazz – Through the Photographic Lens will be recognized along with the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, which will be presented with a City Council Resolution by Councilman at-large David Oh, in commemoration of their 50th anniversary and their City Hall exhibition, The Clef Club at 50. The exhibition is an historical review of Clef Club’s role in the Philadelphia jazz scene and their current status as a premiere jazz venue and education program in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Clef Club Youth Jazz Ensemble will also perform at the celebration. A reception will follow the ceremony in honor of Christian McBride, the artists of the Live Philly Jazz exhibition and the Philadelphia Clef Club.rnrn Philly Celebrates Jazz CalendarrnrnThis year, the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy has partnered with PhillyFunGuide, to compile the official Philly Celebrates Jazz calendar, a comprehensive schedule of jazz performances, exhibitions, and films in the city of Philadelphia during the month of April. The official Philly Celebrates Jazz calendar can be viewed at CreativePHL.org/Jazz. Artists and organizations can submit their jazz events throughout the month of April by following instructions on the Philly Celebrates Jazz webpage.rnrn“I am excited to help launch Philly Celebrates Jazz as it will bring attention to the Philadelphia jazz scene and the musicians who throughout my career have been my inspirations, mentors, and collaborators,” said Christian McBride.rnrnHighlights of Philly Celebrates Jazz include internationally renowned jazz pianist and composer Hiromi’s The Trio Project at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’s Zellerbach Theatre and First Friday! Freedom is Calling with jazz violinist Diane Monroe at the Barnes Foundation on April 1, Drexel University Jazz Orchestra’s Jazz Extravaganza XVII with the Howard University Jazz Ensemble on April 15 at the Mandell Theater, and Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project, an ongoing collaboration between MacArthur Award-winning pianist Vijay Iyer and poet Mike Ladd about American life over a decade of war on April 22 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’s Perelman Theater.rnrnOn International Jazz Day, April 30, the Center City Jazz Festival will take place at five center city venues from 1-7PM, and the School District of Philadelphia’s All City Jazz Festival, in partnership with The Philly POPS, will showcase the talents of student musicians from across the city at the Temple Performing Arts Center at 3PM.rnrnFor the schedule and latest news about Philly Celebrates Jazz, visit: www.CreativePHL.org/jazz, Facebook.com/CreativePHL and on Twitter and Instagram @CreativePHL, and follow #PhillyJazzMonth.rnrnCity of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative EconomyrnrnThe mission of the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy is to support and promote arts, culture and the creative industries; and to develop partnerships and coordinate efforts that weave arts, culture and creativity into the economic and social fabric of the City. For more information on Creative Philadelphia, visit: www.CreativePHL.org, Facebook.com/CreativePHL and on Twitter and Instagram @CreativePHL.rnrnArt in City Hall Exhibitions: Live Philly Jazz — Through the Photographic Lens and The Clef Club at 50rnrnJazz returns to City Hall this spring with two photography exhibits: Live Philly Jazz – Through the Photographic Lens, juried by Stephen Perloff, editor of The Photo Review, located in the Art Gallery at City Hall; and The Clef Club at 50, which is located on the second floor near the Office of the Mayor. The exhibits will coincide with Philly Celebrates Jazz a celebration led by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy of Jazz Appreciation Month in Philadelphia during the month of April.rnrnPhillyFunGuidernrnPhillyFunGuide is proud to support Philly Celebrates Jazz – Jazz Appreciation Month in Philadelphia. For jazz and music lovers, phillyfunguide.com is the best source of information on jazz and all great music in Philadelphia. Visit www.phillyfunguide.com/jazz today and while you are there, sign up for our weekly tips and half-price deals on all the great events happening for jazz month and beyond. We salute the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy and are proud to be a partner on such an exciting program of jazz activities. As the home for John Coltrane and so many other jazz greats, Philly should be proud of such an amazing celebration.rnrn###

Wounded Veterans and Their Families Take Time to Smell the Roses

Annual Flower Show Brings Injured Service Members Togetherrn

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rnPHILADELPHIA, March 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — There is a reason to send flowers to friends and family when they're not feeling well, having a bad day, or to celebrate an occasion – flowers raise the spirits. During the Philadelphia Flower Show, wounded veterans and their families explored the venue of floral displays, after an invitation from Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). The 2016 Flower Show theme of honoring our national parks exposed guests to the variety and vast beauty found in the great outdoors.rnrn"As soon as you walked in the aroma of the flowers and vibrant colors took your breath away and diminished any remaining 'winter funk,'" said Anja Mizner, spouse and caregiver of a wounded veteran and WWP Alumnus. "When you go from exhibit to exhibit and then realize almost everything is made of flowers and plants, it makes you appreciate the countless hours the florists must have spent to make the displays so stunning."rnrnContinue reading rnrnWounded veterans and family explore the Philadelphia Flower Show.rn rn rn rnWounded veterans and family explore the Philadelphia Flower Show.rnWounded veterans and their families view exhibits at the Flower Show.rn rn rn rnWounded veterans and their families view exhibits at the Flower Show.rnrnWounded veterans and family explore the Philadelphia Flower Show.Wounded veterans and their families view exhibits at the Flower Show.rnOver 100 WWP Alumni and family members toured acres of trails and attractions of wildflowers, desert blooms, coastal flora, verdant meadows, fragrant pinelands, and ancient redwoods, during the WWP Alumni event. The WWP Alumni program is one of the 20 direct programs and services available free of charge to wounded veterans, their caregivers, and family support members. The Alumni program creates support through shared experiences and brings injured veterans together to build camaraderie. By bonding through events and programs, wounded veterans learn they are not alone.rnrnAs a mother and full-time caregiver to her veteran spouse, Anja said they're thankful to attend the Flower Show this year. "There was an area for younger children to explore. However, it was very enjoyable to have a 'day date' without our children."rnrnJust being surrounded by beauty and nature heals the mind and heart. The flowers and plants throughout the various exhibits were symmetrical, yet natural, offering a balance between freedom and order.rnrn"The exhibit area was large, but still very crowded from time to time," Anja commented. "For my husband, as well as other WWP Alumni, it was necessary to take a break and avoid the larger crowds for a while. There were areas to retreat and sit or to get a snack, drink, or even lunch."rnrnAnja appreciates her experience at the Flower Show and being engaged with WWP overall. "All in all, we are so blessed to have Wounded Warrior Project in our lives. Without the support received through WWP and their help teaching us how to deal with a lot of issues during our transition, I don't think we would have ever been able to attend this amazing event. WWP has had such a huge impact on our lives and we are very grateful. Giving us a piece of 'normal' means so much."rnrnMore than 100,000 wounded veterans, caregivers, and family members receive access to WWP programs and services, all of which are free of charge. During February 2016, WWP engaged 25,853 wounded veterans through various programs, services, and outreach interactions.rnrnMost recently, WWP launched Warrior Care Networkâ„¢, a $100 million investment to battle the invisible wounds of war and reach those who might otherwise go untreated. This is a first-of-its-kind partnership between WWP and four national academic medical centers of excellence including Emory Healthcare, Massachusetts General Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, and UCLA Health to connect thousands of injured warriors with world-class care. To learn more visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs/warrior-care-network.aspx.rnrnPhoto – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160323/347357 rnPhoto – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160323/347356rnrn rnrnSOURCE Wounded Warrior ProjectrnrnRelated Linksrnrnhttp://www.woundedwarriorproject.org

Duane Morris Named a Philly-Area Top Workplace by Philly.com

PHILADELPHIA, March 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Duane Morris LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has been named a 2016 "Top Workplace" in the region by Philly.com, the website affiliated with The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News. The Top Workplaces list is based on an employee survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC. Duane Morris was recognized in the Large Companies category and was honored at Philly.com's seventh annual awards dinner and ceremony in Philadelphia on March 16, 2016.rnrn"We are very pleased to receive this award and, more importantly, to know that our attorneys and staff are thriving under the uniquely collegial and collaborative culture here at Duane Morris," said John J. Soroko, Chairman and CEO of the firm.rnrnThroughout its expansion into major markets around the United States and across the world, Duane Morris has remained an important part of the Philadelphia legal community. Philadelphia is the firm's present-day headquarters and home to more than 200 of its 750 attorneys.rnrnWorkplace Dynamics is a research firm specializing in organizational health and workplace improvement. This year, it surveyed 172 companies, with a total of 88,426 local employees. The final product of the survey is a list of the top 100 workplaces for 2016, which comprises the 30 highest-ranked large employers, 35 midsize organizations and 35 small firms.rnrnThe Workplace Dynamics criteria for the list include:rn1) Alignment—employees' belief that the company is moving in the right direction and that it operates with strong values and ethics, cooperation and positivity; rn2) Effectiveness—how efficient the company is perceived to be, how well it communicates with employees, and if new ideas and innovations are encouraged; and rn3) Connection—whether the company enables employees to work at their full potential, if employees feel appreciated, find their jobs meaningful and feel well-informed about major company decisions.rnrnOther Duane Morris offices have been recognized in recent years for being among the best places to work. The firm's Cherry Hill and Newark, N.J. offices were named Best Places to Work in New Jersey by NJBIZ in 2012 and 2013. In 2010, Crain's Chicago Business named the firm's Chicago office a Best Place to Work.rnrnAbout Duane MorrisrnDuane Morris LLP, a law firm with more than 750 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today's legal and business challenges.rnrn rnrnSOURCE Duane Morris LLPrnrnRelated Linksrnrnhttp://www.duanemorris.com

University City Keystone Innovation Zone Expands to Old City, N3rd Street Startup Community

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rnPHILADELPHIA, PA (PRWEB) MARCH 23, 2016rnrnToday Mayor Jim Kenney and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce, alongside The University City Keystone Innovation Zone (UC KIZ), announced that the UC KIZ has received approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to expand its existing boundaries to include the growing tech community in Old City, including the area along N. 3rd Street, known as “N3rd Street.rn“The expansion of the UC KIZ is an incredibly important development for Philadelphia's startup community," said Mayor Jim Kenney. "The inclusion of Old City will bolster the already exciting growth of tech companies we've seen on and around N3rd St. We’re committed to helping Philadelphia’s innovation community flourish throughout the City, and tools like KIZs are a big part of that equation.”rnrnAs a result of the expansion, a new swath of companies in Philadelphia’s growing innovation ecosystem will be able to access up to $100,000 annually in sellable tax credits. The DCED could award as much as $1.2 million in tax credits to newly eligible companies within the expanded zone in 2017. Many KIZ Tax Credit awardees invest those funds in new employees, while others purchase equipment to further develop and commercialize products and technologies.rnrn“We need to nurture the talent pipeline that exists in Pennsylvania from higher education to business ownership by providing as many opportunities as possible to support their efforts,” said Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin. “We are thrilled with the success of the KIZ program and are extremely excited with the increased opportunities available in Philadelphia through the expansion of the UC KIZ.”rnrnPennsylvania’s Keystone Innovation Zone Tax Credit is a fundamental component of the KIZ program. Up to $25 million in credits are available each year to eligible companies. Companies without tax liabilities can sell their tax credits themselves or secure a third-party, independent broker to sell the credits on their behalf.rnrn“Innovation and entrepreneurship are thriving all across Philadelphia – from University City and uCity Square all the way to N3rd Street,” says Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., MBA, President & CEO of the University City Science Center, which serves as the fiscal agent of the UC KIZ. “Thanks to this expansion, the UC KIZ will be better equipped to accommodate and support the cluster of tech startups in Old City while helping to attract and retain even more early-stage companies in Philadelphia.”rnrnTwenty-one startup companies in the UC KIZ received a collective $1.8 million in tax credits awarded by the DCED in 2015 as part of the KIZ Tax Credit Program. Over the last 10 years, 48 UC KIZ companies have benefited from almost $8 million in KIZ Tax Credits.rnrn“Our recent KIZ Tax Credit award will help our company retain two software developers” says first-time applicant John Nosek, Founder and Vice President for Research and Product Innovation at Guiding Technologies. “Also, these tax credits meet requirements for matching National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR Phase IB funding, which enhances our chances of obtaining much larger NSF SBIR Phase II and Phase IIB funding.”rnrnAbout the University City Keystone Innovation Zone rnThe University City Keystone Innovation Zone was established in 2004 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority as a Keystone Innovation Zone, a geographically designated zone designed to create a “knowledge neighborhood” that develops technology business communities by aligning talent and resources. It is a partnership of BioAdvance, Drexel University, Thomas Jefferson University, the University City Science Center, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and The Wistar Institute. UC KIZ partners are committed to working together to ensure that life sciences and information technology opportunities are developed and supported to maximize the potential of university research, start-up companies and international companies seeking to locate in the region. The Science Center serves as the administrative and fiscal agent of the UC KIZ.rnrnFor more information about the University City Keystone Innovation Zone, call (215) 966-6156 or visit https://www.sciencecenter.org/programs/university-city-keystone-innovation-zone.

Secretary of State reminds Pennsylvanians of deadline for registering to vote in April primary

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés today reminded Pennsylvanians that Monday, March 28, is the deadline to register to vote in the April primary election.rnrn"Voting is one of the most fundamental rights we have as citizens," Cortés said. "Over the history of this nation, many people have made extraordinary sacrifices to protect that right for us. We honor them every time we go to the polls and cast our ballot."rnrnOn April 26, primary voters who are registered as Republican or Democrat will choose the two parties' nominees for president, as well as for the statewide offices of Attorney General, Auditor General and Treasurer. Additionally, voters will choose party nominees for one U.S. Senate seat and all of Pennsylvania's 18 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.rnrnAlso on the party ballots will be all state House seats in the General Assembly and state Senate seats with odd-numbered districts.rnrnPennsylvania law requires a closed primary, meaning only voters registered as Democrats or Republicans will select nominees to represent their party in the November 8 general election. However, all registered voters, including those registered with a minor political party or no affiliation, may vote on any proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution that will be on the primary ballot.rnrnCortés also reminded eligible citizens that the state's online voter registration (OVR) site makes registering or updating an existing registration easier than ever before. A new signature upload feature means all users can complete the electronic application process online.rnrnPreviously, voters who did not have a record at PennDOT or whose record failed to match had the option of printing their pre-populated applications, signing and sending to the county or asking DOS to send them a signature form. Voters who needed to send in their signature are strongly urged to do so by the March 28 deadline. Voters with missing signatures are not registered until they have submitted their signature and will be unable to vote in the primary.rnrnVoters may check their application status on the DOS website, using the same information they entered on the application. If the voter still has questions after using the online tool or they have not received a registration card within 14 days, they should contact their county elections office.rnrnWith the new signature upload feature, however, those voters could resubmit their application, upload a signature, and their application would be submitted electronically. This would allow the county to receive their application more quickly before the deadline.rnrnIndividuals wishing to register to vote in the April 26 primary must be:rnrnA citizen of the United States for at least one month before the primary.rnA resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which the individual desires to register and vote for at least 30 days before the primary.rnAt least 18 years of age on or before the date of the primary.rnIn addition to using the OVR site, eligible voters can register by mail or apply in person at a county voter registration office; county assistance offices; Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program offices; PennDOT photo and drivers license centers; Armed Forces recruitment centers; county clerk of orphans' courts or marriage license offices; area agencies on aging; county mental health and intellectual disabilities offices; student disability services offices of the State System of Higher Education; offices of special education in high schools; and Americans with Disabilities Act-mandated complementary paratransit providers.rnrnApplications for new registration, change of address or change in party affiliation must be postmarked or received in county voter registration offices by March 28. rnrnThe Department of State's website www.VotesPA.com, available in English or Spanish, offers printable voter registration applications, a polling place locator and county boards of elections contact information. It also includes tips for first-time voters and members of the military. rnrnIn addition, voters can familiarize themselves with the voting system they will use in their home county on Election Day.rnrnFor more information on voter registration, call the Department of State's toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit www.VotesPA.com.rnrnMEDIA CONTACT: Wanda Murren (717) 783-1621rnrn rnrnSOURCE Pennsylvania Department of StaternrnRelated Linksrnrnhttp://www.votespa.com

Pennsylvania Secretary of State: Online voter registration site now allows upload of digital signature

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The state's online voter registration system now allows applicants to upload their signature electronically if necessary, Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés announced today. rnrnWith the new feature, Pennsylvania becomes the latest state that allows all eligible voters to submit a completely electronic online voter registration (OVR) application.rnrnThe OVR site, launched in August 2015, can link to electronic signatures on file with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Previously, applicants with no driver's license or PennDOT ID, or whose information could not be verified with PennDOT, were offered two options. They could print the completed application, sign it and mail it to their county election office. Or they could choose to have a signature form mailed to them to complete and mail.rnrn"This enhancement is another step toward making online voter registration as convenient and accessible as possible," Secretary Cortés said. "Although our previous set-up provided other options for those with no signature on file, this makes OVR a completely electronic transaction for all eligible citizens."rnrnThe signature upload feature will be available only to applicants whose signature cannot be linked from PennDOT. In order to ensure security, the Department is using the same technology used by financial institutions for online banking transactions that require digital signatures.rnrnMarian K. Schneider, Deputy Secretary for Elections and Administration, offered guidelines for those who must upload a digital image of their signature.rnrn"We strongly recommend that applicants use black ink and sign their name on plain white, non-glossy paper," Schneider said. "The signature upload works very well when done by smartphone or other mobile device."rnrnWith the March 28 deadline to register for the April primary election quickly approaching, Schneider said the OVR system is proving to be of great benefit to county elections offices. Each online application is transmitted to the appropriate county office for processing.rnrn"In the past, most counties had to hire temporary staff or pay overtime to handle the influx of registrations in a presidential election year," Schneider said. "We are hearing from the counties that OVR has already lessened that workload."rnrnPennsylvania's OVR system is available in English and Spanish. The latest protocols in data security have been built into the system and are constantly monitored and updated.rnrnTo learn more about online voter registration, check the frequently asked questions at www.votesPA.com.rnrnMEDIA CONTACT: Wanda Murren, (717) 783-1621rnrn rnrnSOURCE Pennsylvania Department of StaternrnRelated Linksrnrnhttp://www.state.pa.us