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Endless Summer Zoom Picnic

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 eastwhitelanddemocrats@gmail.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.  

Pence visits Malvern and is welcomed by Democratic protesters

Marsha Peltz and Steve Rhoades

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.

From today’s blog at the Philadelphia Inquirer:https://www.inquirer.com/politics/live/mike-pennsylvania-pennsylvania-philadelphia-police-union-protests-lancaster-malvern-joe-biden-20200709.html

Two Ways to Vote in PA (Act 77)

1. New Vote By Mail

Apply for a Mail-In or Absentee Ballot

  • 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.

State Representative Kristine Howard (D-167) files for Re-elections and touts high-profile endorsements

Governor Wolf, Conservation Voters of PA, and EMILY’S List among early supporters of Rep. Howard’s re-election

 Harrisburg (Feb. 17, 2020) Riding a wave of recent high profile endorsements including taking 75% of the Democratic Committee vote and winning the endorsement of the Chester County Democratic Party, incumbent State Representative Kristine Howard today filed 50 pages of nominating petitions with nearly 800 signatures,  more than doubling the number of signatures required to be filed to place her name on the ballot for the April Democratic Primary.

In the past two weeks, in addition to the Chester County Democratic endorsement, Rep. Howard claimed the endorsement of popular Democratic Governor Tom Wolf; EMILY’s List, a nationally respected women’s rights advocacy organization; the Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, the leading environmental legislative affairs watchdog in the Commonwealth; the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) State Council, a union that represents thousands of Pennsylvania nurses and lower-wage workers; and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), a union that represents among others, grocery store clerks and Wine and Spirit Store workers.

In his endorsement of Rep. Howard, Governor Wolf said, “Representative Kristine Howard’s background as an attorney, child abuse investigator and child welfare advocate has brought a critically important perspective and voice to the legislature on these important matters. She has also been a true champion for the environment and made significant contributions to efforts to bring common sense gun reform to Pennsylvania. I am proud to endorse her for reelection to the House of Representatives and urge you to join me in supporting her.”

State Representative candidates are required to file 300 valid signatures from registered Democrats who live within the boundaries of their districts. Rep. Howard’s Pennsylvania House District, the 167th, is entirely within Chester County and includes the municipalities of Charlestown, East Whiteland, West Whiteland, Easttown, Willistown, West Pikeland and Malvern Borough. Rep. Howard was first elected State Representative in 2018, winning her primary 80% to 20% and going on to defeat six-term Republican incumbent Duane Milne.

“I am thrilled by the early momentum my campaign has enjoyed. In addition to the important stakeholders who are supporting me, our grassroots ground-game is tuning-up impressively. The signatures I filed today to get on the ballot were mostly gathered doo-to-door by more than two-dozen volunteers who knocked on more than 4000 doors. I am exceedingly grateful to everyone who helped and to the people we reached for the welcoming hospitality we found as we brought a bit of grassroots democracy to our voter’s doorsteps,” Howard said.

GVSB New Members

Left to right: Wendy Litzke, Neha Mehta, Rachel Gallegos.
Left to right: Wendy Litzke, Neha Mehta, Rachel Gallegos.

East Whiteland and Charlestown Democrats were thrilled when our winning candidates were sworn in at the Great Valley School Board meeting on December 2. Congratulations to them!

2019 Zone 13 Election Analysis

This posting was written by our own Martin McElroy. It first appeared as a comment to the NY Times article concerning a “blue wave” in suburban regions.

As of Tuesday’s election, Chester County’s government  is 100% Democratic for the first time since the birth of major league baseball. Yes, it was a sweep: both county commissioners, every row office (D.A., Sheriff, Protnothary, Register of Wills, Register of Deeds –  Dems won County Clerk, Treasurer, Coroner, Clerk of the Courts in 2017), every Judgeship. The Chester County Republican Party is on life support. No surprise – Trump hogs all the oxygen!

WAIT! There’s More: in East Whiteland Township, until recently a toss-up, Dems won every precinct (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), and Charlestown Townwship, too!  A sweep for Zone 13!

WAIT! There’s More: In East Whiteland Precinct 3, turnout: 534 ballots cast – 35% more than 2017 and 42% more than 2015. In 2015 Dems cast 85 straight party ballots (vs. 68 Reps); in 2017, Dems cast 115 straight party ballots (vs. 72 Reps). Yesterday, Dems cast 200 straight party ballots! (vs. only 88 Reps). In every contest in East Whiteland Precinct 3, Democratic candidates carried over 60% of the vote – producing margins of 2:1.  

This achievement is the result of patriotic men and women taking the message to their neighbors that we will work to wrest American principles from the choke hold of a vile, venal, vacuous Republican leadership, finally exposed by Trump (though Bush-Cheney set the dials). Now, it is certain that our future must be, can only be redeemed by citizens who awaken to their civic duty.  ” …the work of donating and volunteering and showing up and getting involved — especially in state parties in battleground states — is essential now,” …  The blue wave of 2018 wasn’t preordained — people built it. They’re building another.”*  

East Whiteland Dems work together toward a government built on the social, economic, political and moral principles of the Democratic Party: equal justice and equal opportunity under the law.  

Ben Wickler, Wisconson Democratic Party Chair, quoted by Michelle Goldberg, NY Times,  in 9/8/19