In 1787 as Benjamin Franklin was walking out of Independence Hall after the Constitutional Convention, someone shouted out, “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” To which Franklin supposedly responded, with a rejoinder at once witty and ominous: “A republic, if you can keep it.”
As we witnessed the mob insurrection in Washington DC, we are reminded of just how fragile our democracy is. The work that we do demonstrates that we understand that we shape our government through ballots, not bullets. It is the electoral process, protected by our Constitution, that is the foundation of our democracy.
Because of our efforts, Democratic candidates did extraordinarily well in East Whiteland and Charlestown. Each candidate won every precinct in our zone. In addition, we continue to outperform the county results by 4-5% even though the county results have been trending up for Democrats.
Our zone delivered a 3,054 vote margin for President-elect Biden. We have improved upon the overall results for Democratic candidates compared to the 2016 and 2018 elections, especially for the candidates running for state offices.
Despite Covid-19, despite President Trump’s attempts to disrupt mail-in ballots, we persevered and made a difference. It is a confirmation of Margaret Mead’s belief in civic engagement when she stated, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Please consider getting involved as there are a number of ways to volunteer.
For the November 3,2020 election two of our normal polling locations are not available. Immaculata East Whiteland 1 and People’s Pantry East Whiteland 3 will be voting on November 3,2020 at the Great Valley Middle School on Phoenixville Pike (east of Route 401).
Here is the list of polling location of our 7 Precincts.
Charlestown at Charlestown ElementaryEW 1 and EW 3 are voting at Great Valley Middle School. EW 2 at Great Valley Administration Building EW 4 and EW 5 at East Whiteland Township Building EW 6 at People’s Light
Or consider voting by mail! The deadline for applying for vote by mail is October 27 at 5 PM. Apply online using ewcdems.com/m of in person at Voter Services or one of the satellite voter service offices – see below. If you apply in person, Voter Services can print your ballot and envelopes and on that single trip, you can vote!
Voter Services Office
Hours of Operation
Chester County Government Services Center 601 Westtown Rd, West Chester
Mon 8:30AM-4:30PM Tue 8:30AM-4:30PM Wed 8:30AM-7:00PM Thur 8:30AM-4:30PM Fri 8:30AM-4:30PM Sat 9:00AM-1:00PM Sun CLOSED
Since the Mummers parade is canceled, it is unlikely we will be able to have the traditional East Whiteland/Charlestown Democrats picnic. We have an alternate plan. This plan will also replace the envelope stuffing parties and other routine get-togethers that we are sorely missing in these difficult times. Starting next Friday (July 24, 2020), we will have a Zoom happy hour every other Friday. We have put it on the calendar as 7 PM but will move it to 6 PM based on feedback. Our goal would be to replace a single event (that routinely is a schedule conflict causing us to miss some people) with a biweekly happy hour were gather around the Zoom device to see and hear each other every two weeks. We will have opportunities to enjoy stories from our fellow Democrats, and the first theme will be conversion stories of Republican Friends. The gatherings will be focused on fun and keeping in touch. Please send me your ideas to make it a fun routine for everyone. Please send an email if you want to present a story, but everyone should put it on their calendar. Endless summer Zoom Picnic @ Fri, Jul 24, 2020 7:00pm – 8:00pm (GMT-04)
I’ll send a zoom meeting invite a few days before the event. Make sure you get the zoom invite by mailing to email@example.com and request that you be added to our email list. Please invite others and ask if we can add them to our email list. In regards to the envelope stuffing to get sample ballots to our voters, we will be using a new design for the mailing and leverage the efficiencies of bulk mailing vendors.
Zone 13 Treasurer Steve Rhoades and CCDC Vice Chair and EW/CH member Marsha Peltz were part of a visible and vocal group that greeted VP Mike Pence on July 9. Pence was on a tour of SE Pennsylvania with stops in Lancaster, Malvern and Philadelphia. On this day members of Zones 13 and 16 held signs and stood near the raucous Republican turnout.
Go online to Votespa.com, OR call or visit Voter Services*
You must apply for a Ballot for EACH election, unless you qualify for and request permanent status to vote by mail
2020 Application deadlines are: Oct 27th by 5:00 pm for the General (please apply by Oct 20th to ensure timely delivery)
Complete, SIGN and return your BALLOT
Mail using envelope provided. Postage will be paid. It MUST be received (but not postmarked) by Voter Services by Election Day
OR, you may deliver to Voter Services* (bring in-person with ID) up until 8:00 pm on Election Day
Want to see the application screens?
Click here for screenshots of the screens that you will see in your application for the vote by mail.
Our Polling Places East Whiteland precinct #1 – Immaculata College, Faculty Center East Whiteland precinct #2 – Great Valley School District Admin. Building East Whiteland precinct #3 – Covenant Community Life Center (People’s Pantry) East Whiteland precinct #4 – East Whiteland Township Building East Whiteland precinct #5 – East Whiteland Township Building East Whiteland precinct #6 – People’s Light & Theater Co. (rear) Charlestown – Charlestown Elementary School
2. Vote in Person
Polls are open 7:am – 8:00pm
NEW: No “straight party ticket” option on the ballot. You must now fill in the oval for EACH office.
Plan your time. Morning lines are longest.
Bring ID if you are a new voter, or at a new polling place
Driver’s license; US Passport; voter registration card; military, student or employee ID; firearm permit; current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check; any ID issued by PA or the federal government
Problems at the polls
Listed as “inactive?” Sign an Affirmation of Election, then vote using a regular ballot
Not in the poll book? Use a provisional ballot
Other issues? Call Voter Services*
Our thanks to the concern citizens of Chester County Marching Forward for some of the content in this post.