November 2015 is when we get to go to polls and vote in local races; town councils, township supervisors, school board members, judges, and Montgomery County Commissioners. Often times these individuals’ actions and decisions make more of a difference in our day-to-day lives than those actions (or inactions) taken in Washington, D.C. And yet past experience has shown us that too often voter turnout is very low for these non-presidential year elections; and even worst, Republican turnout is often larger than Democratic turnout, which is how we end up with Democrats winning at the top of the ticket but Republicans winning local and state races. And not only local issues, but voter registration, voting laws, and voting machine decisions are made by local officials, district lines are drawn by state officials; and when the legality of gerrymandering and potentially restrictive voting laws is questioned, the state judges decide the question.
All of which is why I am sending out a call for volunteers for this October and November;
Walk with the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club in the Upper Perk Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 25th (6 p.m. – 9 p.m.) Sign up here.
Put a yard sign in your front yard, wear a pin, put a car magnet on your car. All these items will be available (free) at tonight UPDC meeting; 7 p.m. at Upper Perkiomen Library in Red Hill. Or contact the club and we’ll make arrangements to get the items to you.
Volunteer for the local Lit Drop on November 1st or November 2nd, 2015. You will be given a local street list and campaign literature to drop off on people’s doorstep (actually, you’ll probably be handing it on the front doorknob). Contact Area 2 Leader Elaine Hannock for more details and to volunteer.
Volunteer on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Stand at your polling place, for a few hours, or for the day, to support the Democratic candidates, and provide information to voters. Contact Area 2 Leader Elaine Hannock for more details and to volunteer.
Most important of all – VOTE!