Voter Registration Status, Absentee Ballots

If you haven’t voted in the last few years, check your voter registration status online to make sure that you haven’t been removed from the voter rolls and will be able to vote on November 8th, 2016.

If you are no longer registered to vote, you can now submit your voter registration online in Pennsylvania. Tuesday, October 11th is the last day to register to vote in the November 2016 election in Pennsylvania. If you are mailing in your registration, it must be postmarked no later than Oct. 11, 2016.

Registration requirements for PA: You must be 18 years of age by the day of the election, and a resident of the county for 30 days before the election.

Absentee Ballot Information 
If you will be away from your municipality of residence because of occupation, business or duties or you will be unable to go to the polls because of illness or disability, you may vote by absentee ballot. Here are some other reasons you might need an absentee ballot:
 must observe a religious holiday
; are away from home at a school, college, or university;
 are prevented from voting by the hours and nature of your employment
; will be away from home on election day; physically unable to get to the polls due to illness or physical disability; are a county employee with duties on election day relating to the conduction of the election.

Applications for absentee ballots are available from your county Bureau of Elections. Public Libraries, and The Open Line County Information Desk, also have applications for absentee ballots. Pick up application any time OR Download absentee ballot request from PA Department of State Completed absentee ballots must be received by the Court House by the Friday before the election in order to be counted on election day.

Additional Voter Information

2016 Candidate Information

Canvassing on Saturday

Still not sure when and where to volunteer? Here are more local opportunities:

WHAT: Voter Registration in Royersford
WHEN:Saturday, September 17th
09:00 am – 12:00 pm
WHERE: 263 Main St
Royersford, Pennsylvania 19468

And volunteers are needed for canvassing in Emmaus and in Quakertown on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Volunteers should meet at the following locations:

Home of Naomi Winch
704 Evergreen St Emmaus, Pennsylvania 18049

McCoole’s Red Lion Inn
4 S Main St PA18951 Quakertown, Pennsylvania 18951

 

Local Volunteer Opportunities!

With just a little over 50 days left until Election Day, volunteers are needed now more than ever.  The UPDC has a few campaign activities planned, as has the Democratic Party’s PA Victory Fund, Upper Perk Area 2 Democrats, and local candidates. Check below to see some of what is happening in September, and how and where you can help.

Here is what has been organized by the PA Victory Fund Field Organizer for our area:

Volunteer Recruitment Phone Calls from our Lansdale Office
Our Lansdale office is open every day until 9 pm
14 E. Sixth Street
Lansdale PA 19446
 
Saturday September 17th
Voter Registration Drive
2 hour shifts available at locations in Upper Perkiomen and Indian Valley 9/17
 
Canvassing
(our most effective outreach)  In the Upper Perkiomen Valley 9/17
Contact Patrick Eddis, Field Organizer for your area to talk or to sign up to help
And the Upper Perkiomen Area 2 Democrats annual Fall Picnic is this Sunday (did you know that some outstanding local musicians, who just happen to be strong Democrats, will be providing some of the entertainment?)
Sunday September 18th
The Upper Perkiomen Area 2 Democrats Ox Roast
at Macoby Run Golf Course Pavillion from 12 pm – 4 pm  9/18
Meet local and state candidates for office, as well as elected Democratic County Officials at the Ox Roast, an old-fashioned barbecue with food, beverages and entertainment included in the price of the ticket:  $30 Contact Elaine Hannock for more information and/or tickets; 610-805-5399 OR area2dems@gmail.com – there will be a limited number of tickets available at the gate. Macoby Run Golf Course Pavilion, 5275 McLean Station Road, Green Lane, PA 
Joanne Jackson, Democratic Candidate for State Representative in the 131st District (this district includes Upper Hanover, East Greenville, Pennsburg, and Red Hill), hosts phone banks for her campaign every Monday evening, beginning at 6 p.m – 4195 Estates Dr, Center Valley, PA. If you can spare an hour or two thisMonday evening (and/or any other Monday evening in the next few weeks) your help would be greatly appreciated – you’ll get a script, a page or two of names and phone numbers, and, I am told, some tasty refreshments! UPDC will be hosting a phone banking session for Joanne Jackson in East Greenville (124 Washington Street) on Tuesday, October 4th, from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., before the Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party; come early to make some phone calls and then stay for the Debate!
And don’t forget to mark your calendar for Monday, September 26th – the first Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump!. The UPDC is hosting a Debate Watch Party in East Greenville (124 Washington Street) that night. The debate starts at 9 p.m., but we’ll be starting the evening off with phone banking for Hillary Clinton from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; bring your cell phone to make calls. The PA Victory Campaign will be providing the script, names and phone numbers, and a few cellphones for those who don’t have, or prefer not to use, their own phone.

September UPDC Events

The first big event for the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club (UPDC) is our Voter Registration table at East Greenville Community Day on Saturday, September 10, 2016. We will have forms for new voter registration and absentee ballot application forms (if you know of any college students who will be out of town on November 8th, or if you will be out of town when the polls are open in PA, be sure to pick up, fill out, and mail in an absentee ballot application!) We also have campaign literature and signs; and will be handing out balloons, stickers, pens, and more. Community Day is held on Main Street, between Pennsburg Square and 4th Street, East Greenville, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Our first club meeting this fall will be on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, beginning at 7 p.m. Our meetings are open to all Democrats and are held in the Upper Perkiomen Public Library (lower level), 350 Main Street, Red Hill, PA. (There is street parking as well as parking in the lot in the back of the building.) Items on the agenda for September’s meeting include local phone banking, Debate Watch Parties, GOTV activities, and our participation in the Upper Perk Halloween Parade.

The first Presidential Debate is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. on Monday, September 26th, 2016. The UPDC will be hosting a Debate Watch Party in East Greenville that night. Before the debate begins, we invite folks to come by early to do some phone banking (we’ll provide the cell phones if you prefer not to use your own phone) from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., and then stay to watch the debate with a friendly Democratic group. (Oh, and did I mention there will be snacks and beverages?)

Keep an eye on this blog and/or click to follow the blog and receive notifications of new posts, to learn about more events, candidate rallies, volunteer opportunities, and other election news.

 

Community Day in East Greenville on Saturday

Once again, the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club will have tables with voter registration forms and absentee ballot request forms at East Greenville Community Day – this year on Saturday, September 10, 2016, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

We will be giving out “Stronger Together” helium balloons, UPDC pens, Clinton stickers, candidate information, signs, and maybe a few other goodies. And some Democratic candidates are expected to drop in, and walk around Main Street – so be on the lookout and wish them well!

Stop by, say hello, and pick up some swag – we’d love to see you!

 

 

Tim Kaine event in Bethlehem on Wednesday

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, for a 1:30 – 2:30 p.m event at Hanover Township Community Center, 3660 Jacksonville Rd Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017 featuring Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine. Sign up for your free ticket online. (If you forget to sign up, my guess is you can still show up at the door and get in, depending on how early you get in line.)

The Clinton Campaign just opened an office in Bethlehem at 606 E Broad Street; one more locations where supporters can volunteer (phone banking, voter registration, canvassing).  A lot is happening at the Lansdale office, as well, and I read that there will be voter registration booths at the Allentown Fair this year.

Volunteer Locally This Weekend!

Recent tragedies and events, along with Trump tweets and talks, have driven even the Notorious RBG – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – to speak out about the drastic and dangerous changes the U.S. would see under a President Trump. She reminded people that the next president may well have the opportunity to name three Supreme Court Justices over the next four years (not counting the current vacancy on the Court);

Acknowledging her own age and that Justices Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer will turn 80 and 78, respectively, Ginsburg said of the possible next president: “She is bound to have a few appointments (to the Supreme Court) in her term.”

Raging at the news or turning it off in despair is not the answer. Working to elect Hillary Clinton as our next president, and turning the Senate Democratic, is.

There are multiple opportunities to volunteer in our general area this weekend;

Friday, 7/15– Voter Registration Table at the Indian Valley YMCA ( 890 Maple Ave, Harleysville, PA) from 9-5

Saturday, 7/16 – Voter Registration Table at the Indian Valley Public Library 100 E Church Rd, Telford, PA) from 10-5

Saturday, 7/16 – Phone bank at Henning’s Market  (290 Main Street, Harleysville, PA) (upstairs above the deli) from 6-8

Sunday, 7/17 – Voter Registration Table at the Indian Valley Public Library ( 100 E Church Rd, Telford, PA)  from 1-4:30

Sunday, 7/17 – Phone bank at Henning’s Market (290 Main Street, Harleysville, PA) (upstairs above the deli) from 5-8

These events are being run by the Pennsylvania Democratic Party as part of their Weekend of Action.  Please let PA Victory organizer Carolyn Lee know if you can make one (or several) of these events – clee@pavictory2016.org

Community Day – September 12, 2015

Here’s hoping the thunderstorms hold off until tomorrow evening, giving everyone a chance to come out and walk down Main Street in East Greenville and Pennsburg to celebrate Community Day. I expect there will be good music, good food, good neighbors, and a chance to find out what’s happening with local volunteer organizations, non-profits, and businesses.

For more than a few years, the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club (UPDC) has set up a table in East Greenville, handing out literature, voter registration forms, and absentee ballot request forms. Often we have buttons, pencils, signs, and other UPDC and candidates’ swag.

Thanks to the Josh Shapiro/Val Arkoosh Campaign for County Commissioners, we have a tank of helium to fill up Shapiro/Arkoosh balloons, which we will be giving away along with buttons, bumperstickers, and more, at our UPDC table tomorrow. AND Josh Shapiro and Val Arkoosh (Democrats who are currently serving as Montgomery County Commissioners, and running for re-election this fall) are both planning on coming out to Community Day and walking all along Main Street, introducing themselves and getting to know our neighborhood and neighbors. They are hoping to get to town between noon and 1 p.m.

So stop by, say hello, and pick up a balloon and other swag between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. (look for us between the East Greenville Borough Hall and Java Good Day Cafe).

Changes

eagle soarsFall 2015 will be a season of change for the Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club.

If you are reading this, then you already know that we have a new website! The former website, first set up in 2000, served us well. But with WordPress we’ll be able to more easily offer opportunities for guest blogs (articles/posts) and for folks to comment on posts and issues. Comments will be moderated, for language and trolls (but not political opinions – the Democratic Party has a big tent and so does the Club). This format also makes it easier to update and to search for older news and information. We will continue to have pages with voter information (including links to the all new online voter registration in Pennsylvania) and contact information for elected officials, in addition to other pages we think you’ll find interesting and useful.

After a trial period last spring, we’ve decided upon a new permanent meeting place; the Upper Perkiomen Valley Library (350 Main Street, Red Hill), on the lower level (parking available out front, out back, and in the nearby bank parking lot). The Upper Perkiomen Democratic Club (UPDC) will continue to hold its meetings at 7 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

What else is changing? Well, we know we’ll be working to elect a new Democratic president next year (and with the Democratic National Convention being held in Philadelphia next July, there will be lots of interesting volunteer opportunities). And we want to get more people involved and hear what you’d like to be doing to make a difference, locally and nationally. This fall’s big push will be for local and county wide races, and we know we always see a big increase in interest in the UPDC and in political activity in presidential election years, so starting in January there will be lots going on – and we hope you’ll bookmark this blog and sign up to receive post alerts to help keep informed about what is happening, near and far.