Dear Chester County Democratic Voter:
With just 16 days to go, I am imploring you – do not believe the polls. While the buzz on TV and radio are predicting an historic blue wave, have we learned nothing from similar polls four years ago? Back in October 2016, the polls did not reflect Trump voters who shied away from pollsters but showed their passionate support at the ballot box.
Ballots do not ask for opinions about candidates, only for your vote. Polls are different. They prompt opinions, either in agreement or disagreement with whatever the pollster is researching.
Get your mail-in ballot — and every ballot in your circle of family/friends/neighbors — into the mail or a drop box ASAP. Thousands of you have already done this and received a confirmation email from Chester County Voter Services. It goes without saying that every returned mail-in ballot could be the one that flips a district or a county!
We are encouraging all of you to not use the postal service after Tuesday, October 20 – just to be safe. There are a multitude of Drop Boxes and Voter Services Satellite offices to hand deliver your mail-in ballot, if you still have one at home.
If you are curious about the demographics of Chester County voters, I can tell you we have a slight, but only a slight edge. As of today, there are 155,083 registered Democrats and right behind us, there are 152,640 registered Republicans. Mix in our thousands of Independent voters and we are in a tight race up and down the ballot.
The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is next Tuesday, October 27. We strongly suggest, after this week, to do so only if you can drive to the Chester Springs, Oxford or West Chester Voter Services-staffed offices. You can walk in and walk out having voted a mail-in ballot on the spot.
Speaking of polls, there is another one you need to be wary of – your precinct poll. Due to COVID, 10 percent of our usual polling places won’t be open. Those voters will be notified by postcard if their voting site is changed. As Patch.com reported, “Chester County’s 230 voting precincts will be housed in 192 polling places to allow for distancing on Nov. 3.” Check your polling place here.
Chester County’s Board of Elections noted that on the day of the election, signage will appear at polling places that are not open, notifying voters where to go to cast their vote. Commissioners’ Chair Marian Moskowitz said, “Even with the uncertainties of COVID-19, the majority of our polling places — around 90 percent — are opening their doors to in-person voting for the Nov. 3 election, and for that we are very grateful.”
I am grateful for everything you are doing to Get Out The Vote. There is still much to be done. Plant a lawn sign in your neighborhood. Volunteer for a phone bank or a lit drop. Monitor social media and advise those looking for help with their election plans. Check the Chester County Democratic Committee website frequently. We are posting helpful information every day.
Thank you for all you do. Stay healthy this week.