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Don’t Let Oct. 5 Voter Registration Deadline Keep You from the Polls

If you intend to vote on election day, Nov. 3, but need to register or adjust your registration, Tuesday, Oct. 5 is the last day to do it.  You can check your status here. According to the Montgomery County Department of Voter Services in Norristown (1 Montgomery Plaza), office...
Posted On Oct 01 2015
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League to Explore Role of Third Parties in PA at Kickoff Event this Sunday

Third parties, independent parties – whatever you call them – all tend to draw pointed reactions from political activists.  Are they simple distractions or brave bulwarks of democracy, regardless of the number of votes they garner? The League of Women Voters of...
Posted On Sep 18 2015
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With Voters Taking to Online Registration, Advocates Point the Way for System Strengthening

With online voter registration in effect in PA for barely a week, advocates for continued updating of the state’s election administration and catching up with states further along in providing easy and secure voter access, are laying the groundwork for doing more. First...
Posted On Sep 04 2015
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Online Voter Registration Makes it to PA

The commonwealth of PA has joined the ranks of states offering the convenience of online voter registration. The online registration application, administered by the Department of State, was ushered in today by Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro Cortés. “Online Voter...
Posted On Aug 27 2015
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Some Prefer Magic Markers to Vote, Others Want to Cast a Ballot for Mayor . . .

The great thing about election day is the anecdotes you get at the polls, even better if you get to watch it live.  Hopefully, it’s small stuff, minor incidents good for some laughs afterward without votes being jeopardized.  After some 20 years with the same DRE (direct...
Posted On May 20 2015
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Still Time to Be a Poll Worker in Montgomery County

Tomorrow is the primary election, but it’s still not too late to sign up to be a poll worker. The county typically scurries to fill empty slots as the clock runs down.   For a full complement of staff at its 425 precincts, Montgomery County needs 2,125 poll workers. ...
Posted On May 18 2015
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Tuesday is Primary Day!

Polls are Open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The first thing to know is it’s a primary.  That means that unless there’s a question or a special election on the ballot, you can only vote if you’re registered as a Democrat or Republican.  If you’re unclear about...
Posted On May 18 2015
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Montco Voter Services Chief Charting Course for Improvements

It’s election time, with the primary set for May 19, what Montgomery County Voter Service’s director, Kelly Green, calls “Super Bowl” season. As an elections administrator, Green knows well that every election is for all the marbles and only a “win” is acceptable.   “You ju...
Posted On May 11 2015
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Gas Drillers Accused of Undue Influence in PA Government

A new study finds a 47 percent increase in campaign donations from the natural gas industry to PA politicians in the 2013-2014 election cycle over 2011-2012.  The sector contributed $2.8 million in 2013-14 and its lobbying expenditures in the state grew 13 percent to $17.9...
Posted On Apr 30 2015
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Redistricting Reform Talk by Citizen-Mapmaker This Thursday Night

When the first round of PA’s updated voting district boundaries came out in 2011 looking like those creepy-crawlies in the horror movie that you should have avoided, Amanda Holt had another idea: what if the maps for congressional and state legislative districts actually made...
Posted On Apr 24 2015
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