Volunteer Opportunities through Election Day!

Democrats in Berks, Chester, and Montgomery County have joined together in organizing the Tri-County Democratic Coordinated Campaign, with an office at 260 E High Street, Pottstown, PA.  Everyone needs help with calls, door knocking…. feel free to reach out to them. Participating candidates are conducting canvassing, phone banking, fundraising, training, and other activities from this office. All are welcome to come by! For additional information, contact Marcia Longeway (484) 644-3986.
In Upper Perkiomen Valley, there will be one final GOTV (Get  Out The Vote) effort next weekend, November 3rd and 4th, 2018.  The Area 2 Democratic Committee will have door hangers for Red Hill, Pennsburg and E Greenville Voters-  1000 to be distributed!
One side will identify all our candidates in that area, Andy Lee to Gov.  Wolf. The other side will have a sample of the “goldenrod” – a copy of the sample ballot listing Democratic candidates, that are handed out at the polls by volunteers for the Democrats – with a request for the recipient to take it to the polls with them. Please email area2dems@gmail.com or updemclub@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.
ELECTION DAY!!!!    Folks are needed to help at the polls!   Most needed right now are volunteers for Green Lane Borough, and the three polling places in Upper Hanover Township. Volunteers will be handing out sample ballots and candidate information, and answering the occasional question about using the voting machines, voting in general (e.g. identification cards are NOT required to vote), and being present if anyone has trouble voting (and then calling Area2 or the county voting office). Volunteers can help outside any polling spot (not just where you vote), for a one or two or more hours. Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Please email area2dems@gmail.com or updemclub@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.
Advertisements

Campaign and Voter Registration Volunteers Needed!

Local democrats will be canvassing and dropping off door hangers for Linda Fields (the Democratic candidate running against Bob Mensch for PA State Senate) this week and weekend here in the Upper Perk Valley. If you would be interested in helping out the campaign for a few hours, please contact Colleen Dunlap at cdunlap20@gmail.com who is organizing this weekend’s effort on the campaign’s behalf.

And in nearby Lehigh Valley, on this last weekend before PA Voter Registration closes for the November 2018 election, the Future Coalition is organizing voter registration drives;
“We’ll be at together at street fairs, festivals, and farmers markets with clipboards, T-shirts, signs, a giant inflatable T-rex, a boombox and costumes (BYOC a.k.a. bring your own costume). We’re in this together! With you, we can make sure hundreds of young people can vote in this year’s once-in-a-lifetime midterm elections.”
Check out the details and signup to volunteer this weekend at https://fcregistrationweekend.splashthat.com/
 
If you know of any other campaign volunteer efforts locally, or are organizing any efforts, please let us know and we’ll happily help spread the word (and hopefully get you some volunteers!)

Check your voter registration!

Check your voter registration online, to be sure that you haven’t been taken off the rolls for any reason or by error!

If you know someone who will be 18 on, or before, Tuesday, November 6, 2018, let them know that they are eligible to vote on November 6th! They must register to vote by Tuesday, October 9th (if registering by mail, the voter registration form must arrive at the courthouse by October 9, 2018). In Pennsylvania, you may now fill out your voter registration form online.

Absentee ballots should be requested now! In order for the absentee ballot to be counted, it should be filled out and returned as soon as possible – completed ballots must be received the Friday BEFORE election day.

How can I vote by absentee ballot?

Download an absentee ballot application form at votespa.com/absentee . Print, complete, sign, and deliver or mail the application to your county election office. The address and telephone number for your county election office may be found at votespa.com/county .

Voter Registration/Absentee Ballots

Weather permitting, the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club will once more be hosting a voter registration and absentee ballot request information table at tomorrow’s East Greenville Community Day (Saturday, September 8th, 2018 – Main Street, East Greenville, PA). We will have forms for voter registration and for requesting absentee ballots.

September 17th is the first day to apply for an absentee ballot in Pennsylvania (and while applications are available online, the form must be printed and mailed to the County Courthouse address found on the online form). While officially an absentee ballot request form may be mailed out as late as the week before the election, since the completed ballot must arrive at the Court House by the Friday before the election (November 6, 2018), to insure that one’s vote is counted one should mail one’s ballot at least a week before the election (and earlier is better).

Voter registration closes on October 9, 2018 (because October 8th is a holiday) – that means the form must arrive at the county seat by that date. One can register to vote online!

Check your voter registration online, to be sure that you haven’t been taken off the rolls for any reason or by error!

Election day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018; polls are open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.

2018 PA Democratic Candidates

U.S. Senate – Bob Casey

U.S. House of Representatives, 4th District (which now includes all of Upper Perkiomen Valley) – Madeleine Dean

Governor – Tom Wolf

Lt. Governor – John Fetterman

State Senate, 24th District – Linda Fields

State Representative, 131st District – Andy Lee

State Representative, 147th District (Green Lane and Marlborough Township) – Josh Camson

Wednesday – “Harrisburg Rally for Common Sense Gun Laws”

CeaseFirePA is leading Demand A Vote Rally in Harrisburg, PA at the state capitol rotunda on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on Gun Violence policy proposals during the week of April 9th.  While only members of the General Assembly can testify in front of the committee, we will make our voices heard on April 11!

Join us as we rally in the rotunda to show the PA Legislature just how many people have had enough and want common sense gun laws.

WHAT: Demand a Vote rally for better Gun Laws
WHEN: April 11th, 2018 10:00AM
WHERE: The Rotunda of the PA Capitol in Harrisburg

 

CeaseFirePA will be sponsoring buses to attend the rally.

Reserve a seat for yourself and others from Allentown to Harrisburg here.

Temple Beth El will the bus pickup and drop-off location, 1305 Springhouse Rd, Allentown, PA 18104. 7:15AM will be the boarding time, for a 7:30AM departure.

If you are reserving a seat for yourself and others, please ensure that you include each person that needs a seat on the bus. (Bus tickets are free!)

Questions? Contact Michael Cogbill at michael.cogbill@ceasefirepa.org or 215.435.6496.

January 20th, 2018!!!

Saturday, January 20, 2018 is not just the one year anniversary of a dark day in U.S. political history. It is a day when one can eat, drink, and be merry – I mean march – (though not necessarily in that order).

Women’s Marches will once again be happening in many major cities around the country, including in Philadelphia along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Folks wishing to participate on Saturday, January 20th, are asked to sign up online (though not required – this is just for planning purposes); gather at Aviator Park/Logan Square at 10:30 a.m. The March from Logan Square to Eakins Oval begins at 11 a.m. and the speakers and performers take the stage beginning at noon.

The annual Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club Potluck is Saturday evening, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Jan. 20th), at the Center at the Open Link (aka Upper Perk Senior Center), 517 Jefferson Street, East Greenville, PA. The event is free and open to all democrats (and their families). The club provides the plates, napkins, cutlery, and beverages – attendees provide the rest (don’t worry, there is always more than enough good food to go around).

FAIR Districts Pa Events (end gerrymandering movement)

Several local informational events have been scheduled by and for FAIR Districts PA, who will talking about gerrymandering (drawing congressional and state house district lines based on party voter registration to restrict/deny competitive races); How To Make Your Vote Count. 

New comers and current members are welcome!
Join FDPA Montgomery County for a presentation about gerrymandering in Pennsylvania and learn about the ways you can help reform the redistricting process. There will be a brief presentation and then, based on attendance and interest areas, we will break into 2 to 5 groups. This will be a great way to meet other members in your district. You will learn about the various ways we are engaging legislators and the media to draw attention to the need for redistricting reform.

Lansdale Public Library (301 Vine St, Lansdale, PA)  – Wednesday, September 20, 2017; 7 p.m.

Pottstown Public Library (500 E High St, Pottstown, PA) – Tuesday, September 26, 2017; 7 p.m.

Upper Perkiomen Valley Library (350 Main St, Red Hill, PA) – Wednesday, September 27, 2017; 7 p.m.

While the current occupant of the White House and the members of the Republican Party in Congress have record low approval ratings, and current predictions and polling show Democrats getting the majority of the votes in 2018 midterm elections, it is still quite possible that the Republicans will retain control of the House due to gerrymandered districts. This is why the districts were drawn and why it is so important to both win state house races (in most states, the state legislature draws the district lines every 10 years, after the census count) and to revisit and change who and how congressional districts are created.

Check out these articles; Democrats are projected to win more than 54% of the vote in the 2018 House elections, but only pick up 12 seats thanks to heavily gerrymandered Congressional districts. and this New Yorker article and book review about how, while gerrymandering has always been around to some degree, the Republicans took it to an all new, unprecedented level of distortion and contortion (which accounts for the most bizarre looking districts crossing county lines and dividing neighborhoods); Drawing the Line: How redistricting turned America from blue to red.