League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania

League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (www.palwv.org) The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan grassroots civic organization. We encourage informed active participation in government and work to influence public policy through education and advocacy.
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The League of Women Voters began formally as an organization in February 1920 in Chicago, six months before the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote. The new organization was intended to be a means of teaching all the newly enfranchised women about the mechanics of registering and voting, nomination and election procedures, and our form of government. The members also wanted to work for certain "needed legislation." They thought that the League might accomplish its work in five years and disband! Over the years our mission has broadened. The League has evolved from an organization concerned with women's needs and with training women voters to one concerned with the Nation's needs and with training all citizens.

The League of Women Voters began formally as an organization in February 1920 in Chicago, six months before the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment giving women the right to vote. The new organization was intended to be a means of teaching all the newly enfranchised women about the mechanics of registering and voting, nomination and election procedures, and our form of government. The members also wanted to work for certain "needed legislation." They thought that the League might accomplish its work in five years and disband! Over the years our mission has broadened. The League has evolved from an organization concerned with women's needs and with training women voters to one concerned with the Nation's needs and with training all citizens.

Mission: Empowering Voters, Defending Democracy. The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan grassroots civics organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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The PA legislature asked for data on the 2020 primary and received a full report on August 1 as required.  The most urge...
10/05/2020
After fiery unveiling, some Republicans express concern with House election integrity panel | Pennsylvania Capital-Star

The PA legislature asked for data on the 2020 primary and received a full report on August 1 as required.
The most urgent request from election officials: a legislative fix for pre-canvassing ballots. That request has been repeated by LWVPA and other organizations for 2 months now.
There are existing non-partisan avenues for collecting data & overseeing elections. No new committees are needed.
What we need is action from leadership to make sure our votes are counted in a timely way.
See our statement on HB 1032 then contact your own representative and PA State Rep. Bryan Cutler to say NO to HR 1032 and PLEASE pass a clean bill for pre-canvassing of ballots.
https://www.penncapital-star.com/election-2020/after-fiery-unveiling-some-republicans-express-concern-with-house-election-integrity-panel/

Republicans in the Pennsylvania House sought this week to give a select committee — that they would control — subpoena power to oversee the integrity of the 2020 election.

County election officials, PA Department of State and organizations like the League and VoteSafe PA have been asking: PL...
10/04/2020
Election officials need ballot action from Legislature

County election officials, PA Department of State and organizations like the League and VoteSafe PA have been asking: PLEASE pass legislation allowing pre-canvassing of ballots.
"Unfortunately, with Election Day fast approaching, the most logical and efficient means for making Pennsylvania shine on that important November day remains elusive because of procrastination and abject failure by the people whose responsibility it is to adopt the most workable, modern election rules within the spirit of bipartisanship."
PA State Rep. Garth Everett PA State Rep. Bryan Cutler PA State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff
Senator John DiSanto Senator Jake Corman Senator Joe Scarnati
We need your leadership. All eyes are on you.
https://www.sungazette.com/opinion/editorials/2020/10/election-officials-need-ballot-action-from-legislature/

A short ballot will greet voters here and across Pennsylvania on Nov. 3. Voters who go to the polls that day, as well as those who choose to make their selections by way of a mail-in or absentee ballot, will have little difficulty navigating the actual process of responsible decision-making. The ele...

LWV of Pennsylvania responds to PA State Legislature proposed Resolution HR 1032
10/03/2020

LWV of Pennsylvania responds to PA State Legislature proposed Resolution HR 1032

10/01/2020
Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County (UUCDC)

Looks like an intersting event.

Oct. 7: PA Legislature 101 – Q&A with a Former State Rep.

Join us online at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, for the nonpartisan “Pennsylvania Legislature 101: Q&A With Former State Rep. Bryan Lentz.” Bryan will quickly cover the basics before the most important part of the program: your questions!

The legislature is virtually unknown to many people, even those who’ve lived here all their lives. This fun, interactive session will help clear demystify what happens in the halls of Harrisburg. It’s presented by the church’s UU the Vote program.

Please register for this free, user-friendly event at https://uucdc.breezechms.com/form/legislature101. Questions or comments, contact [email protected]. See you on Oct. 7!

09/30/2020
First time voter

Just three weeks left to register to vote.
YOU may be registered, but are your friends, family, neighbors?
Not everyone knows they need to register beforehand.
The deadline in PA is October 19.
TODAY: think of three people you know who might need help getting registered and give them a call (people who have moved? recently become citizens? turned 18?)
Here's the link: https://www.votespa.com/.../How-to-Register-to-Vote.aspx

As we watch the Presidential Debate this evening, take time to remember: League of Women Voters of the U.S. moderated de...
09/29/2020
How Presidential Debates Work

As we watch the Presidential Debate this evening, take time to remember: League of Women Voters of the U.S. moderated debates in a very different way.
3rd party candidates were included.
If candidates said "NO" debates went on without them.
There was equal time for all.
We would all be better served by debates that gave candidates equal time, prevented interruption, didn't cater to party demands.
League moderation of debates ended when parties pushed back in 1988.

This American institution began with Abraham Lincoln following Stephen Douglas on the campaign trail. Today, the presidential debate is one of the most anticipated markers of candidates' campaigns.

09/27/2020
Will 2020 presidential election results be delayed in Pennsylvania?

WE agree with Senator Jake Corman completely: Don't let PA be the Florida of the 2020 election.
PA needs a clean bill NOW addressing just 2 issues:
➡️ instruct officials to count naked ballots
➡️ allow pre-canvassing 7 days ahead
Bipartisan Policy Center Election Task Force says 7 days is optimum for pre-canvassing ballots.
We can all do education on naked ballots, but hundreds of thousands will be discarded, from all parts of the state, given uneven rules in the past and difficulty of reaching rural, elderly voters with social media outreach.
You could solve this NOW with PA State Rep. Bryan Cutler
Thanks for your work to ensure a safe, fair election

Pennsylvania law prevents election officials from processing mail-in ballots before election day. A Philadelphia official calls for change to avoid delayed results.

On September 24 the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order blocking the Trump admin...
09/26/2020
Judge Rules That Census Must Not be Rushed in Victory for Civil Rights Groups, Civic Organizations, and Local Governments | League of Women Voters

On September 24 the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order blocking the Trump administration's attempts to rush the 2020 Census to a close while a legal challenge to that plan plays out in the courts. Under the Court’s order, the census count will continue through October 31, as the Census Bureau had earlier planned, and its data processing will continue under a timeline that allows for a full, fair, and accurate overall tabulation and reporting of the total population to the President.
LWVUS is a lead plaintiff in this case. CEO Virginia Kase says “Today’s decision is a victory for democracy... The effort to rush the timeline set by our trusted census experts was a blatant attempt to force an undercount, deprive American communities of critical funding, and undermine the accuracy of our representative districts. The League now urges the American public to fill out the census and ask their friends and family to do the same. Our democracy depends on it.”

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered the Trump administration to halt its rush to end the 2020 Census, extending deadline for counting to October 31.

Two election issues could be resolved quickly by the Pennsylvania legislature. Both have been requested by election offi...
09/26/2020
Naked ballots: another threat to accurate 2020 election results

Two election issues could be resolved quickly by the Pennsylvania legislature. Both have been requested by election officials:
Count naked ballots (ballots returned with secrecy envelopes)
Allow pre-canvassing of ballots beginning a week before the election.
Those two changes would ensure all votes are counted & the count is completed soon after the final deadline for receiving ballots (5 pm the Friday after the election).

Harrisburg, Pa. – Thousands of mail-in votes could go uncounted due to a little known issue: naked ballots. Naked ballots refer to mail-in votes which are sent in without a

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09/24/2020
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With the exception of just a couple of elections, voter participation has been decreasing since 1960. Why are so many Americans not voting? Susquehanna University professors Rolfe Peterson and Nick Clark join us on today's Smart Talk to discuss their research on the topic.

WITF’s election coverage is supported by Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Pennsylvanians: Make sure your ballot gets counted.
09/23/2020

Pennsylvanians: Make sure your ballot gets counted.

Voting by mail? Make sure your vote is counted!

After completing your ballot, place it in the secrecy ballot that says "Official Election Ballot." Then place the sealed secrecy ballot inside of your barcoded envelope. Do not make any marks on the secrecy envelope!

Remember to sign and complete the voter's declaration on the back of the barcoded envelope and to seal it!

Remember, use both envelopes, seal both envelopes, and sign the outer envelope! Then your ballot is ready to go!

The PA Senate State Government Committee voted out LACRA, the Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Act, SB 1242, ...
09/23/2020
Vote on SB 1242 | Fair Districts PA

The PA Senate State Government Committee voted out LACRA, the Legislative and Congressional Redistricting Act, SB 1242, a bill that would increase transparency, ensure public input and put enforceable criteria in place.
It's one step forward and time is running out.
Read the post and click the links to contact House leaders for the corresponding House bill.
https://fairdistrictspa.com/updates/vote-on-sb-1242

Fair Districts PA is a nonpartisan citizens group working to stop gerrymandering. Help us create a transparent and fair redistricting process in Pennsylvania.

Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day.60% of eligible voters are never asked to register.Who do you know that migh...
09/21/2020

Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day.
60% of eligible voters are never asked to register.
Who do you know that might need a nudge?
Young adults, single women, new citizens.
Think about your own network, your own family.
Let's make sure EVERYONE who wants to vote is registered, ready, and has a plan to vote.

09/20/2020
My Vote Will Count - YelloPain ft. Sevyn Streeter

Get ready to vote!
It's not just about the president.
It's also about Congress, state legislatures, the ones who make the laws, set the agendas, prioritize funding.
Make a plan to vote and make sure you know who is on the ballot.
Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day.
Who do YOU know that might need a reminder?
https://youtu.be/PQiDpQkC88o?t=32

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It's “very hard to say” when voters will receive ballots in the mail but printing can begin. One lingering concern for #...
09/20/2020
The Pa. Supreme Court ruled on critical election questions Thursday. Here's what you need to know | Pennsylvania Capital-Star

It's “very hard to say” when voters will receive ballots in the mail but printing can begin.
One lingering concern for #Election2020: pre-canvassing of ballots (opening, checking signatures, preparing for scanning).
Plenty of other answers here:

The rulings resolve key questions of how Pennsylvania's 67 counties will administer the Nov. 3 presidential election that’s just six weeks away,

Some lingering questions surrounding the November election have been resolved this week by the PA Supreme Court.GOOD NEW...
09/18/2020
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Extends Vote By Mail Deadline, Allows Drop Boxes

Some lingering questions surrounding the November election have been resolved this week by the PA Supreme Court.
GOOD NEWS:
1. Ballot drop boxes and satellite election offices WILL BE permitted. This expands access to safe, secure vote-by-mail AND in-person options.
2. Mail-in ballots in the mail by election day WILL BE counted if received by 5 pm the Friday after the election. This provides protection for voters in the event of mail delays.
3. Out-of-county poll watchers WILL NOT BE permitted. The decision to uphold current restrictions will relieve concerns about intimidation and confusion at already stressed polling places.
4. Voters will be contacted if there are questions about mail-in ballots and will have a chance to address signature concerns (see an earlier post for details on that).
NOT SO GOOD NEWS:
1. Rules regarding privacy envelopes and collection of ballots remain in place, making it even more important that voters follow very specific rules about returning mail-in ballots.
2. Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins will not be allowed on the ballot. This overturns the Commonwealth Court decision and Department of State opinion that all paperwork was done properly, a blow to ballot-access progress in PA.

Ballots can now be printed and sent to those who have applied for them. Much education will be needed to make sure voters know the rules and have a plan to vote.

The decisions come just seven weeks before Election Day and as a flurry of election-related lawsuits heat up around the country.

TODAY at the National Constitution Center: an event to honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a town hall with Justice Neil ...
09/17/2020
Home - National Constitution Center

TODAY at the National Constitution Center: an event to honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a town hall with Justice Neil Gorsuch, free onsite admission and online programs & more.

The National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia is America's most hands-on history museum. Located just two blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, it is the only museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution and the story of we, the people.

National Constitution Day affirms the rights of We the People.The people of PA have a constitutional right to clean air ...
09/17/2020
Pennsylvanians deserve a more responsive legislature | Opinion

National Constitution Day affirms the rights of We the People.
The people of PA have a constitutional right to clean air & water, to representation by elected officials, to alter & reform our government as we see fit. Those rights are being trampled.
Our role is to help voters understand what's at stake, make informed decisions and advocate for a more responsive government. Join us!
https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/pennsylvania-state-senate-house-legislature-election-2020-20200916.html

The Pennsylvania legislature has long been out of step with the majority of Pennsylvanians, passing bills with little public support and ignoring bills wanted by an overwhelming majority.

LWVPA presidents point out ways PA legislative leaders have been pushing forward bills without public input or support. ...
09/16/2020
Pennsylvanians deserve a more responsive legislature | Opinion

LWVPA presidents point out ways PA legislative leaders have been pushing forward bills without public input or support.
"Some of our representatives and senators are trying hard to represent us. Many others no longer listen to constituents or support procedural rules that allow all legislators a voice."
Right now? Take action and let your PA senators know: we want them to vote NO on HB 2626 unless it's amended.

The Pennsylvania legislature has long been out of step with the majority of Pennsylvanians, passing bills with little public support and ignoring bills wanted by an overwhelming majority.

Good news: Thanks to the work of @LWVPA & allies, PA can no longer reject ballots solely based on signature issues. This...
09/15/2020
Pennsylvania Can No Longer Reject Ballots Solely Based on Signature Issues | League of Women Voters

Good news: Thanks to the work of @LWVPA & allies, PA can no longer reject ballots solely based on signature issues. This move represents true progress in voting rights for Pennsylvanians!
No voter should have to worry that their ballot won’t be counted because of a signature issue.
Pennsylvania PA Department of State Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar issued guidance to establish uniform processes across counties for counting mail-in ballots.
https://www.lwv.org/newsroom/press-releases/pennsylvania-can-no-longer-reject-ballots-solely-based-signature-issues

n response to a lawsuit brought by LWV of Pennsylvania challenging the state’s election procedures, PA Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar issued guidance to establish uniform processes across counties for counting mail-in ballots.

PA Department of State
09/14/2020

PA Department of State

“Voting is the first duty of democracy.” – Former President Lyndon B. Johnson

#MondayMotivation Pennsylvania’s deadline to register to vote in the general election is October 19. Register now: register.votesPA.com #votesPA #ReadytoVotePA

What are the questions that will shape the 2020 election?Where do we agree? Where do we disagree?Pennsylvania is a criti...
09/13/2020
Meet 24 Pennsylvania voters who will help inform our 2020 election coverage

What are the questions that will shape the 2020 election?
Where do we agree? Where do we disagree?
Pennsylvania is a critical swing state in the presidential election again, after being decided by less than 1% of the total votes cast in 2016. Pennsylvania is also a sprawling, politically complex state reflecting the varied — and often divided — facets of the country’s culture, workplaces, lived experiences, needs, and political views.
This new Election 2020 Roundtable brings together 24 voters from all over Pennsylvania for a series of open, virtual conversations about what matters most to them.

We're bringing together 24 voters from all over Pennsylvania for a series of open, virtual conversations about what matters most to them

In recent weeks the PA legislature pushed through a bill to stop PA from entering the regional cap-and-trade program to ...
09/12/2020
Bill to Keep Pa. Out of Cap-and-Trade Program Passes, Faces Veto

In recent weeks the PA legislature pushed through a bill to stop PA from entering the regional cap-and-trade program to curb greenhouse gas emissions. PA is the 4th largest greenhouse gas emitter in US.
In committee hearings, industry representatives were invited to speak in opposition to Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Citizens groups in support were not allowed to speak.
The Pennsylvania Constitution. Article I, Section 27 says: "The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come."
PA legislative leaders sadly neglect this part of our constitution.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative is a cap-and-trade program for power plants to curb emissions. Governor Wolf is expected to veto the bill.

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The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania’s mission is protecting voting rights, advocating for reforms and issues important to our members, and educating voters about the structure and function of government and empowering them to participate in their government to effect change in their communities.

Through a rigorous study and consensus process, the League takes positions on issues that are important to its membership and advocates for change at the state level. As one of the country’s oldest and most respected nonpartisan grassroots organizations, the League does not support or oppose individual candidates or parties, but instead provides information for voters and the public to make informed decisions. Who Can Join? Membership is open to persons 16 years of age or older who adhere to the policies and positions of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania.


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CAREFUL WHAT/WHO YOU WISH/VOTE FOR: Here is what I think a 2021 Democratic and Joe Biden America will be like. If Joe Biden gets elected President in November the Democrats will succeed in getting the police departments across the whole United States defunded. Then all of the murderers, rapist, child molesters, burglars, thieves and want to be murderers, rapist, child molesters, burglars and thieves can start having conventions in any city or town in any state that they please. Their entertainment will not cost them anything. The law abiding citizens will be their entertainment. I just have one request of the murders, rapist, child molesters, burglars, thieves and the want to bees. Its that they start having their conventions in the Democratic controlled states first. It seems only right that the good people of those Democratic controlled states host those conventions first and be their prey since the good people in those Democratic controlled states would not vote those Democrats in charge out of office who started the movement to get rid of their police. PS: Think about this: If Joe Biden becomes President Alexandria Cortez and the rest of the squad, Bernie Sanders, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will be in charge of the government, the country and the Presidency. Joe Biden will be their puppet. He will do, say and sign whatever they tell him to. This is why every Democrat in office must be voted out of office and why every Democrat running for office must be defeated. Hello, My name is John Amerson. I'm the author of the Science Fiction novel "HE SAID". I came up with a great way to try to help get President Donald J. Trump re-elected President in November. Please sent this email to at least ten people. Everyone need to be reminded that Criminals do not care if you are a Republican or Democrat.It is scary to me sometimes when "Fiction" starts coming "True". On Page 198 in my novel Jack tell John Carl: In less the a hundred years the America you know will cease to exist. It will have been taken over by other cultures that refuse to change their ways of thinking and will not give their allegiance to your America. The majority of them haven't even enough respect for your country to even learn to speak its native tongue. They won't even fight for the freedoms your country offers them, but they will exploit your country's liberties and burn its flag. Humans are their own worst enemy. On Page 200 in my novel Jack tells John Carl: Other countries that are hostile to your freedoms are coming here to live and establish a foot hold. They try to get elected to office to change laws to suite their beliefs and customs. Certain fractions of your society and governmental officials in high places are what you would call sympathizers. They are helping them take away your freedoms little by little. For your America to survive and continue to be the land of the free and the home of the brave, those fractions of society and government must be dealt with.
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URGENT! The Online PA Mail-In Ballot Application in it's current form requires voters to have a PennDOT ID or driver's license to apply. Many eligible youth do not yet have state ID and must instead download and print a paper form which allows voters to enter their Social Security Number. However, with schools closed due to COVID-19, many students lack access to a printer. Please sign and share our letter to the PA Department of State asking for an immediate change to the Online Mail-In Ballot Application!
It is March 2 and the second day of Women's History Month. It is disappointing to see the lack of posting on this FB page.
PA State Legislature's support of fracking industry is violating our "Where We Stand" with regard to fracking and the rules of our Commonwealth
PA-IPL thanks you for supporting our upcoming conferences in Scranton, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh with an ad in our program book, and thank you for the work you do every day.
Here's an interesting summary of the Trump economy: