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“Why does Pennsylvania make it so hard to vote? PennLive editorial”

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This January 2, 2015 PennLive article talks about the ways that Pennsylvania makes it more challenging for citizens to vote as compared to other states who not only simplify the process, but manage to secure the integrity of the vote at the same time without creating unneeded hardship on voters.

Map of the 67 counties of the Commonwealth of ...

Map of the 67 counties of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pennsylvania Dept. of State Election Results

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For those who would like to see how Pennsylvania voters in their district voted, or maybe would like to see what the numbers looked like in other counties, this resource offers what they have called the “Unofficial Results” on their site.

Map of the 67 counties of the Commonwealth of ...

Map of the 67 counties of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Are all candidates for governor guilty of marginalizing the disabled and elderly?”

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This May 1, 2014 article on The Patriot-News website talks about an event in Philly that was to include a panel of people running for the office of Governor of Pennsylvania.  A mix

Tulip Closeup, Demuth Museum Garden, Lancaster...

Tulip Closeup, Demuth Museum Garden, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (Photo credit: Puzzler4879)

of Democrat and Republican candidates were invited, but in the end all the candidates didn’t make it to the even and only three Democrat candidates sent proxies in trying to keep their word.

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“Today’s the deadline to register to vote in Pa. primary”

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This April 21, 2014 WITF article reminds us that today is the last day people who want to vote in the primary elections will be able to register to vote.  If you plan on voting be sure to ask yourself, “Am I registered to vote at my current address?”  If you have moved and plan on voting, it is important you register for your current address so you can be sure to have your voice heard on election day.

You can register to vote at any time, but today is the deadline for being able to vote in the primary.  So If you register tomorrow or next week, you will be in good shape for the general election in November, just not the primary.

I Voted!

I Voted! (Photo credit: Vox Efx)

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“Judge Strikes Down Photo ID Requirement For Pennsylvania Voters”

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This January 17, 2014 CBS Philly article talks about the judge’s ruling to strike down the voter id requirement in Pennsylvania.

 

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“Oct. 7 is Deadline to Register to Vote in Pennsylvania Municipal Election”

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This September 27, 2013 article found on the GantDaily.com website reminds us that October 7th is the last day for Pennsylvanians wanting to vote in the November 2013 election, can register to do so.

I know there are people who don’t vote, and aren’t registered to do so for many reasons seemingly unique to everyone who chooses not to vote.  I also know that historically, people died or were imprisoned because they believed that every American should have the right to vote.  Those who fought for our Constitutional right to vote generally didn’t tell people how to vote, they left the decision of who people cast their vote for up to those who voted.  For them it wasn’t about how people voted, but rather if people could vote.  They wanted every American citizen regardless of race or gender to be able to have a voice in the political process, so that everyone who was subject to the laws in America could have an opportunity to be heard and make a difference.  Like those who came before me, I don’t care what name you put on your ballot or even what party you support or don’t support.  I simply want to know that folks in the mental health community in particular empower themselves and make their voices heard.  I want everyone to vote, but I guess you could say I have a soft spot for the mental health community …. my community and would love to see better representation from the mental health community at the polls.  You don’t need to know everything that goes on in the political realm, pick a topic that is interesting to you  and find out what your representatives are doing with regards to that topic.  I’m not an expert when it comes to politics, but what I do know is that if I don’t vote I am saying that I am willing to let others make every government decision without having any say in what is being decided.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t exactly enjoy being a doormat, I prefer to be able to say I spoke up.

 

Just a friendly reminder ….

Women's Party Flag (Suffragist Movement)

Women's Party Flag (Suffragist Movement) (Photo credit: Tony Fischer Photography)

Tomorrow is Tuesday, April 24, 2012 and for folks in Pennsylvania, it is the day of the primary election.  I was watching a movie called, “Iron Jawed Angels” and I think that Alice Paul made a lot of sense at one point when asked who she felt women should vote for if they got the vote.  Alice’s response was something to the effect of  ‘They can vote for whoever they want, I’m only interested in whether they have the right to vote not what they do with the vote once they have it’  I don’t recall the exact wording of that response, but that seems to be very close to what I recall so it’s not an exact quote, but rather a paraphrase.  There are still battles raging with regards to the ability to vote.  the new voter id bill is one such battle.  There are those who feel it’s “no big deal” to require photo ID to vote, while others point out that there are people who won’t be able to vote because of an inability to get an id because of cost or inability to get to the licensing center to get an id.   So, while I do have an id, I do know there are folks out there who don’t have one, and will be unable to have their vote count.  Fortunately in the primary this year they will probably be asking for id, but will be enforcing the id rules that have been in place prior to the voter id bill.  first time voters will need to show id, but anyone else will not be required.  there is speculation that there will be information handed out to voters explaining the new law to help prepare folks for the November election when the voter id law will be in full effect.

So, I’m asking that folks reading this get out and vote tomorrow, regardless of who you vote for, you will be able to say your voice counted.  I would also ask that if you know someone who may not have a photo id, that you talk to them and if they don’t have one, consider helping them through the process of getting one so they don’t lose the ability to vote.  This could be a shut-in, someone in a personal care home or nursing home, it could be someone you know who is low-income, could be the 18-year-old who doesn’t drive yet and hasn’t enrolled in college.  if you want to learn more about the voter id requirements, visit ….  http://www.votespa.com

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