Dear Chester County Democrat,
What a difference 100 days have made in all of our lives! You already know that elections have consequences. I need you to spread the message that this year’s Primary followed by the General Election is equally critical to our lives in our local School Boards, around Chester County and across the Commonwealth.
Voting has begun in the 2021 Primary. I voted last Wednesday, delivering my Vote By Mail ballot to a drop box near me at the Kennett Square Library. If you have not requested your mail-in ballot yet, you should. Voting by mail is by far the easiest, most convenient way to vote.
You can request a mail-in ballot online by going to votespa.com. Do it now. The deadline for requesting your ballot is next Tuesday, May 11. Once requested, it will be mailed to you promptly. Fill it out and drop it off at a drop box near you. There are 13 drop box locations around the county. The one nearest you can be found on our website (chescodems.org) or at Chester County’s Election Portal.
If you still prefer voting in person, the Primary date is two weeks away – Tuesday, May 18. Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm. There have been a few changes to polling locations due to COVID 19. You can go to Chester County Voter Information Portal to double check your polling station.
Still not sure who to vote for? Our chescodems.org website shows all of the state and county-wide candidates appearing on the Democratic ballot. You will find a short bio of each candidate and indication of those candidates that the Chester County Democratic Committee (CCDC) specifically endorses. There are also many local races on the ballot, including School Board, Township Supervisor, Borough Council and, in some cases, Magisterial District Judge. If you would like to learn more about these candidates, you can consult your local Democratic Committee organizations, a list of which can also be found on our chescodems.org website with contact information.
It is important to note that the races for Court of Common Pleas, School Board and Magisterial District Judge allow cross-filing. That is, Republicans may appear on the Democratic ballot. Please do not be fooled. If a candidate does not appear anywhere on our county or local websites, you can be sure they are Republicans. For the Court of Common Pleas, for example, there are five candidates on the Democratic Ballot. Candidates #1 and #5 are both Republicans. This is a vote for two race. Candidates 2, 3 and 4 are Democrats. Candidate #3, Alito Rovito, Is endorsed by CCDC. Vote for her and one of the other two Democrats on the ballot.
It is also important to note that there are three constitutional amendment questions and one referendum on the reverse side of your ballot. Please also vote on each of these. The first two amendment questions seek to limit a governor’s authority to declare states of emergency. We strongly recommend NO votes on both of these. The third amendment question establishes equality for all irrespective of race or ethnicity. We recommend a YES vote. The referendum establishes funding for certain local emergency services. We recommend a YES vote. In short, vote NO, NO, YES, YES on these four statewide questions.
Poll greeters will see something rare during this Primary – the Independent voter. Independent and unaffiliated registered voters may vote in a Primary election where one or more referendum questions appear on the ballot – as they will on May 18, 2021. Pass this news on to your neighbors as many are unaware of this special consideration.
Finally, CCDC has just announced a job opening for a full time Executive Director. This will be an exciting and challenging position for anyone interested in advancing a career in the Democratic Party. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please refer them to our job posting on Indeed.com.
As always, the work we do is supported by the generosity of people like you. Please donate by going to our website (chescodems.org/donate) and pledging $250, $100 or whatever you can. Please also consider making you donation a recurring one by pledging something like $15 or $20 monthly.
Thank you very much for voting. Thank you very much for your support. Thank you very much for being a Democrat.
Chair, Chester County Democratic Party