Gap between registered Rs and Ds falling fast to a mere 2,000 residents with a full month to change parties or new voters to register for April 28 elections
West Chester, PA (March 11, 2020) – What a difference a year or two makes in Chester County. As historic shifts in Democratic leadership take control in county government and in our Harrisburg delegation, locals are closing the gap of registered party voters to an almost even tie. Longtime residents would certainly agree that the concept of a Democratic majority in Chester county would be unheard of — until now!
According to weekly numbers from the Chester County Voter Services, citizens eligible to vote are signing up for the first time or switching parties from Independent/Other or Republican to Democrat at a faster clip than anyone else. Earlier this week, on March 9, the gap between Democrats and Republicans (Independents cannot vote in the primary) was 2052, a drop from 2955 only seven days before!
Democratic Voters / Republican Voters
Week of 03/09/2020 145,795 147,847
Week of 03/02/2020 145,042 147,997
To put the fast pace of registration changes in context, during the last week of February, county voters switched parties from Republican (R) or Other (O) to Democratic at a rate of 1,209 (R) plus 958 (O) for a total of 2,167 filings. At that rate, the Chester County Democratic Committee (CCDC) expects the gap to completely close or for Democrats to zoom ahead of the Republican numbers.
“We have all witnessed historic shifts in the last three years from Chester County’s voters,” observed Dick Bingham, Chairman of the Chester County Democratic Committee from its headquarters on High Street in West Chester. “The last gasp of Republican control is the voter rolls. I believe we will witness blue skies and a Democratic majority on Primary Day, April 28.”
Pennsylvania voting reforms, known as Act 77, take effect this month as both parties gear up for the Pennsylvania Primary. Two significant changes this voting season are the no-excuse Mail-In ballots and the later date to register or change parties.
As votespa.com explains, “the deadline to register to vote is now 15 days before an election, rather than 30 days.” Chester County residents have until Monday, April 13 to register for the 2020 Primary. Equally significant, residents can apply now for a Mail-In or Absentee ballot. Votespa.com notes, “The deadline for a county to receive a regular civilian absentee ballot is now 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.”
Chester County Voter Services offers a wealth of information on their website. Likewise, Democrats are welcome to call the CCDC Office or their local zone leader for specifics about how to vote, where to vote and when to vote.
As the Chester County Dems website suggests as an easy reminder, as citizens plan to file taxes on April 15, plan to file a Mail In or Absentee ballot too!
Endorsed 2020 Primary Candidates
In planning for next month’s Primary, locals should note the following endorsed candidates earned 65% or more of ballots cast at last month’s CCDC Endorsement Convention in West Chester:
6th Congressional District: Chrissy Houlahan (incumbent)
PA Attorney General: Josh Shapiro (incumbent)
PA Treasurer: Joe Torsella (incumbent)
PA Auditor General: Christina Hartman
9th District PA Senate: Brett Burman
19th District PA Senate: Don Vymazal
13th District PA Representative: Richard Ruggieri
26th District PA Representative: Paul Friel
74th District PA Representative: Dan Williams (incumbent)
155th District PA Representative: Danielle Friel Otten (incumbent)
156th District PA Representative: Carolyn Comitta (incumbent)
157th District PA Representative: Melissa Shusterman (incumbent)
158th District PA Representative: Christina Sappey (incumbent)
160th District PA Representative: Anton Andrew
167th District PA Representative: Kristine Howard (incumbent)
Primary Day is Tuesday, April 28. The General Election is Tuesday, November 3.
ABOUT CHESTER COUNTY DEMOCRATS
The Chester County Democratic Committee believes in Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity for all Americans regardless of what they believe, who they are, or where they came from. Find them online at chescodems.org.