Why Vote? Why Vote Down the Ballot?

See lively Chester County video “Get Out and Vote” on YouTube.

Who owns your future? You or someone else?

The rules are made by those who show up. If you don’t register and vote, the rules for your and your family’s future will be made by others. You want to protect the environment. You want a fair minimum wage and equal pay for equal work. You want affordable student loans. Register and vote so you can say so. And vote for Democrats.

A Democrat who doesn’t vote is voting for the other side. Anyone who doesn’t vote has given up complaining rights.

Pennsylvania has about a million more Democrats than Republicans. But Democrats have only about half as many seats in Congress as Republicans. Why? Gerrymandering and voter turnout. The party that controls Harrisburg (including the state courts) controls the redistricting process after the census every ten years. The latest redistricting was blatantly discriminatory. The only way to fix it is for Democrats to vote.

Voting Down the Ballot

Paying attention to all candidates and casting your vote for EACH & EVERY RACE is called “Voting Down the Ballot.”

Democratic executive branch leaders (such as president and governor) are severely hampered without a supportive legislative branch.

So getting to the polls (or voting absentee) for each is just the first step!

Unlike a river running downstream — where the runoff from the top tends to flood the banks below — down-ballot candidates do not automatically gain from voters for president or governor.

Every Democrat needs to learn about and vote in EVERY race on the ballot.

Local and county government are the closest to the voters in impacting their lives. But state representatives and senators also vote on bills concerning education, energy, environment, budget, taxes, individual and municipal rights, and other issues that directly impact our everyday lives.

While we encourage you to vote the straight party ticket in the fall general elections (you can’t in the spring primary elections), we also encourage you to learn about all candidates.

For information on Democratic candidates and links to their sites, see the menu at the top, under OUR CANDIDATES.

For further information, search online for all candidates of any party and study up. An educated voter is a good voter!