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Rep. Perry's town hall fills quickly
Constituents in U.S. Rep. Scott Perry's district really want to hear from their representative if reservations for his town hall meeting Saturday are any indication.
The Dillsburg Republican began taking reservations for the public meeting — which will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at Red Lion Area Junior High School — on Tuesday morning. By Wednesday morning, the venue — which his office said could accommodate about 400 people — was full.
His office has created a waiting list for those still hoping to attend, and about 100 people were on that list as of Thursday afternoon, according to Brandy Brown, a spokeswoman for Perry's office.
Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on cancellations, and Brown said they plan to offer those on the wait list priority access to a future town hall meeting.
Several Republicans in Congress have been avoiding public town halls in the past few months after some colleagues faced harsh criticism at their public meetings.
Some, including Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, have alleged that paid protesters, not from their districts, are brought in to create chaos at these meetings.
Perry's office has taken precautions against this possibility, as reservations must be accompanied by an address within his district, and attendees will be required to show identification before entering the meeting.
Brown said this is a new practice intended to assure Perry's constituents — which include residents in York, Adams, Cumberland and Dauphin counties — have access to their representative.
Alissa Packer, a Camp Hill resident who has reserved her spot for Saturday, said she had mixed feelings about the new policy because it could disenfranchise certain groups, similar to voter ID laws, but it also would force Perry to accept that those expressing concerns are his constituents.
Packer serves on the steering committee for a local Indivisible action group, an organization that has been encouraging grassroots protests against President Donald Trump and legislators supporting his agenda.
Packer said her group, which includes residents advocating for numerous different causes, has secured at least 110 spots for Saturday, though some members have been placed on the waiting list.
Those members might gather outside the venue in hopes of getting inside, she added.
Perry's meeting will be broadcast on his Facebook page via Facebook Live.