Last updated on September 23, 2020
Received two e-mails today I wanted to pass along. First, from Governor Tom Wolf’s (D. PA), PAC, Wolf PAC:
Hey, when we say every single vote counts, we mean it.
In 2016, Donald Trump won Pennsylvania by 44,292 votes — less than one percent. In 2018, we flipped four Congressional seats in PA and took back the House majority. When we vote, we have the power to shape our democracy and fight for the issues we all care about.
This year, it's more important than ever before that we take a stand and fight for the future of affordable health care, the Supreme Court, women's rights, voters' rights, and so much more.
Today is National Voter Registration Day and the best way to celebrate is by registering to vote in the 2020 Election. In Pennsylvania, voters have until October 19 to update their voter registration or register to vote in this year's election.
Also, received this e-mail from Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s (D. PA) re-election campaign:
This is the most consequential election of our time.
I'm sure you've read that phrase before. And that's because it's true. So much is on the line in this election.
And that's why it's absolutely critical that every voter gets out and exercises their right to vote.
So today, on National Voter Registration Day, I'm asking you to head to votesPA.com/Register to register to vote before Pennsylvania's October 19th voter registration deadline.
If you're already registered to vote, or you think you're registered to vote, head to votesPA.com/Status to double check your voter registration status, and to check your polling location.
When you've checked to make sure you're registered to vote, forward this email to three of your closest friends or family members to make sure they are registered too.
We want to see a huge surge of voter registrations today! Let's make it happen, and make sure every eligible voter can get out and vote in November,
Digital Director and Communications Coordinator
Shapiro for PA
Philadelphia’s top elections official is warning of electoral chaos in the presidential battleground state if lawmakers there do not remove a provision in Pennsylvania law that, under a days-old court decision, requires counties to throw out mail-in ballots returned without secrecy envelopes.
Lisa Deeley, chairwoman of the three-member board overseeing Philadelphia’s elections, wrote Monday to the state Legislature’s presiding Republicans amid a partisan stalemate over fixing glitches in Pennsylvania’s fledging mail-in voting law.
In the letter, Deeley urged them to back legislation to remove a provision she calls unnecessary and a threat to invalidate more ballots than the margin that decided the state’s 2016 presidential election.
When counting mail ballots, elections officials first check the information on the mailing envelope to confirm the validity of the vote. Then the outer envelope is opened and the secrecy envelope containing the ballot is set aside.From that point forward, the vote is anonymous.
Naked ballots are ones without those secrecy envelopes. Nothing else is necessarily improper with the ballots themselves or the mailing envelopes.
Eddie Moran, Reading’s first Latino mayor, spent last weekend talking to business owners on behalf of the Biden campaign. Moran said volunteers on Saturday knocked on more than 1,000 doors, “in a dense population that has not normally come out to vote.” He noted that Reading has the highest concentration of Latino residents of any municipality in the state.“The numbers will show Latinos are becoming more and more politically involved,” Moran said. “At the same time, the numbers in the past haven’t always shown or reflected that in the electoral vote.”
Moran cast the growing interest as a response to Trump’s actions in office.“People realize things cannot keep going on this way,” he said. ‘We have been adversely affected by the current president’s politically and racially divisive policies and comments.”The local Democratic Party has hired two Latino contractors for community outreach — talking to voters in Spanish and encouraging local bodegas to put Biden signs in their windows. Boughter thinks Black and Latina women are behind Biden, but he worries Latino men will skip the election.Donna Reed, a Democrat, has served five terms on Reading City Council, representing the north side of the city, where about 70% of the population is Latino. She agreed that Biden’s support appears soft there. “Women generally get more involved in the political process than men do,” said Reed, a former reporter for the Reading Eagle.
Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in all four counties, and by wide margins in two. Democrats won all but one suburban congressional seat in 2018. And they won control of all four county governments last year — in one case for the first time since the Civil War.
There’s little doubt that Democratic nominee Joe Biden will defeat Trump in the Philadelphia suburbs. The question is whether he’ll do so with big enough margins. Voter registration trends and interviews with dozens of voters over the last two months suggest Trump retains strong political support in the longtime Democratic bastions in small Rust Belt towns throughout Northeastern and Southwestern Pennsylvania that he won in 2016.That means Biden’s path to victory, in a state increasingly seen as one of the most critical 2020 battlegrounds, relies on racking up big wins in the populous southeast. About 21% of Pennsylvania’s registered voters live in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties.“To win the state he has to do better than” Clinton did in the suburbs, said J.J. Balaban, a Democratic consultant in Philadelphia. “It is certainly possible, if not likely, that Biden will do worse than Hillary in certain rural parts of Pennsylvania. … Doing better in the suburbs does not guarantee victory statewide.”
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