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Vote for the candidate or the delegate? What’s the difference?

Now that it is clear the Pennsylvania Primary on Tuesday April 26th is likely to have an impact on the Presidential campaign, folks are beginning to wonder how the delegate vote actually works. That is a very good question. The answer is certainly not obvious from looking at a sample ballot, going to the internet, or watching cable TV. So, if you don’t know, you have a lot of company. Here is an attempt to clarify how things are done for the Democratic Presidential candidates:

Each voter votes for a presidential candidate. That is the vote that matters with regard to the delegate count. Because Pennsylvania is not a winner take all state, delegates will be apportioned based on the vote for the candidate. Each voter will also vote for not more than 7 delegates to the Democratic National Convention, 3 males and 4 females. Each of those delegates is pledged to one of the candidates. There you are voting for which delegates will get to go to the convention, NOT for the candidate. You have already voted for the candidate of your choice. For example, if Hillary gets 60% of the delegates, not all of her delegates will get to vote at the convention. Which delegates get to go will be determined by the vote for delegates. The delegates with the most votes will get to go.

For example, let’s say I vote for Bernie Sanders. Then I move to the right side of the ballot, where the delegates are listed. I know 4 women who are running for delegate, 3 committed to Bernie, and 1 for Hillary. I can vote for all 4. I am not limited just to Bernie delegates because I voted for Bernie. Then, I need to select 3 male delegates.

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Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee Engages
the Philadelphia Community
Since the start of the new year, the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention has ramped up its efforts to engage the local community in preparation for the DNC this July. The organization has been committed to keeping residents informed about what to expect during the Convention as well as all the fun surrounding the event in Philadelphia this summer.

Launch of Upgraded Volunteer Portal

To learn more about the volunteer portal and to register, click here.

Op-Ed: Here’s why Pat Toomey will lose in November

Author: Marcel L. Groen, Chairman, Pennsylvania Democratic Party

In politics today, it’s rare that we find agreement on anything. But when it comes to Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate race this year, everyone recognizes that Pat Toomey faces a stiff challenge.

There are two general reasons why: the facts and the fundamentals.

Republican operative Charlie Gerow tried to make the case in this publication last week that despite the headwinds, Toomey will be reelected in November.

It’s true, as Gerow noted, “voters make their decisions based on the records of the candidates.” What’s not true is, “that’s where Pat Toomey gains his advantage.”

The facts of Toomey’s time in Washington tell a different story.  Continue reading…

EW Election Results Analysis

For the third consecutive Township Supervisor election, a Democratic Supervisor candidate has won a hard fought contest. The last 2 Supervisor races have been decided by less than a 1% margin. These small margins reinforce what we have been communicating to voters in recent elections – each vote matters!

Generally speaking, Democratic candidates did well in East Whiteland. Here are some of the highlights in the township.

  • All of the Supreme Court candidates outperformed their opponents and captured nearly 55% of the overall votes.
  • Court of Common Pleas judicial candidate Julia Malloy-Good won East Whiteland with nearly 54% of the vote.
  • County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone was the top vote getter for the County Commissioner’s race. It should be noted that this is the first time that a Democratic candidate for a county row office seat has won in East Whiteland.

These results reflect the hard work of our Committee people and volunteers. Once again we have demonstrated that grassroots efforts can make it a difference. Please consider getting involved as there are plenty ways to volunteer.