Dear Chester County Democrat:
What a week! As one of the Delegates of the 6th Congressional District to the Democratic National Convention, I can say unequivocally, it was a powerful, invigorating experience, even though it was virtual.
There were so many memorable moments. On the third night of the Convention, we heard a lot about making a plan to vote — and each mention was delivered with urgency. Even the networks rolled out GOTV campaigns, as the sign from NBC above notes.
Our Vice President nominee Kamala Harris had an entire prenomination video devoted to the topic:
“I know many of you plan to vote this year, but amidst the excitement and enthusiasm for this election, you’ve also heard about obstacles and misinformation and folks making it harder for you to cast your ballot,” said Harris.
“So, I think we need to ask ourselves: why don’t they want us to vote? Why is there so much effort to silence our voices? And the answer is because when we vote, things change. When we vote, things get better. When we vote, we address the need for all people to be treated with dignity and respect in our country. So each of us needs a plan. A voting plan.”
Here in Chester County, there has been an uptick in phone calls to the CCDC Office about Mail In Ballots. We are hearing anecdotally of neighbors asking all of you about whether it is best to vote in person, vote by mail, drive to the drop box, and so on. Everyone is thinking ahead to how they are going to vote.
There is much confusion; there is so much anxiety. It is up to all of us to become educated on all of the voting options and share that knowledge with our neighbors and our family. The best place to start is our state’s portal to register to vote and to apply for a Mail In ballot. There’s a button to sign up to be a Poll Worker and one for the PA Voter Education Toolkit.
The good news is that Mail In ballots will be arriving in mid-to-late September. There is no need for anyone to have concerns about the postal service if they return their ballot as soon as they receive it. Once we get to mid-October, we will encourage folks to use Drop Boxes and other options for those who do not wish to go to the polls on November 3.
For today, let’s pause and congratulate the DNC for an excellent televised convention under unprecedented conditions. As you can imagine, the demand for Biden/Harris lawn signs is growing. Our Zones have made their orders and you should be seeing signs popping up all around the county. If you would like a sign, contact your Zone Leader or email our office.
We are mailing out Biden bumper stickers this week to anyone donating $25 or more to CCDC for our ongoing efforts to Get Out The Vote in every town and every precinct. (Click here.) If you prefer to mail a check, make it payable to “CCDC” and send it to our headquarters at 37 S. High Street, West Chester, PA 19382.
We have 72 days to go before Election Day.
Thank you for all you do. Stay safe.