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                                 WELCOME TO THE LEAGUE!

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation in government. Membership is open to any citizen 18 years and older, and includes membership in the League of Women Voters of the United States and Pennsylvania. 

 
MAIL-IN BALLOT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW! 
Applications for mail-in ballots for the November 3rd GENERAL ELECTION are available now online at www.votespa.com.  For more information about voting by mail-in ballots visit www.votespa.com/mailballot.
 
Schedule for mail-in ballots.  Once your application has been processed you will receive a ballot.  Your completed ballot must be received in your county election office by 8 PM on 11/03/2020 (Election Day).  A late ballot will not be accepted, even if it was postmarked before the deadline.  Tip:  Be sure to enclose your completed ballot in the security envelope before putting it in the outer envelope.  It's an easy mistake to make and many people did so in the Primary.
 
VOTING IN PERSON AT A POLLING PLACE.
You can still vote in person at a polling place but please know that due to COVID-19, your polling place may have changed.
Voters can find their polling place at www.montcopa.org/voterservices  and clicking on "Where do I vote?"
 
ON THE CURRENT POLITICAL SCENE -
The continuting effort to depress mail-in balloting, as reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer, June 29.
The Trump campaign is suing Pennsylvania state and county election officials, saying mail-in ballot drop boxes were unconstitutional in the way they were used in the June 2 primary election and asking a federal court to bar them from use in the November election.  “Defendants have sacrificed the sanctity of in-person voting at the altar of unmonitored mail-in voting and have exponentially enhanced the threat that fraudulent or otherwise ineligible ballots will be cast and counted in the forthcoming general election,” says the suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

The reality is that drop boxes are extremely important in elections when large numbers of mail-in ballots are in use.  Pennsylvania is anticipating a large number of mail-in ballots in the November election, given the continuing COVID-19 spread.

Update July 13 from the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Democrats have countered the Republican suit that seeks to bar pandemic-related temporary changes put in place for the June primaries.  For more on this countersuit, see our Hot Topics page.

 

PA Legislative efforts to end gerrymandering come to a halt with the General Assembly on summer break, but....
Philadelphia Inquirer, July 9:  

The stakes are significant: Independent research shows gerrymandering protects incumbents and strips communities of political power by heavily concentrating one party’s voters into a single district or spreading them out unnaturally. 

League of Women Voters member and co-founder of Fair Districts PA, Carol Kuniholm said that now with legislators on summer break, the bills that were under consideration as constitutional amendments are dead.  But the effort to end gerrymandering in Pennsylvania continues.  See our Hot Topics page for more information.

 

KEY LEGISLATION IS LANGUISHING IN THE US SENATE
Important voting rights legislation, the For the People Act of 2019, was passed by the US House of Representatives months ago and has gone to the Senate, where it is stalled.  For more information about this important voting rights bill, see the Hot Topics page.