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Pennsylvania 2010 Mid Term Voter Guide
Pennsylvania 2010 Mid Term Voter Guide
Pennsylvania 2010 Mid Term Voter Guide
Pennsylvania 2010 Mid Term Voter Guide
Pennsylvania 2010 Mid Term Voter Guide
Pennsylvania 2010 Mid Term Voter Guide
Pennsylvania 2010 Mid Term Voter Guide
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  • 1. •• • • • • • • • • • ••• ••• •• •• •• •• OW T H E S E C A N D ID A •• •• TE • •• T H ? • W S •• OU FIC E HO S • • •• 'S TA • D OF N • IN RU D IN N IF •• N O 'S •• • O N IN H DO • • • •• •• E G • W D ? •• RE E UC • ••• HE A ••• AR HO T IO N • • • • • O ULD I C O N O MY? • W N? • • • • • • •• • • WHE ? • WHERE Y SH W DO I FIN E EC TIO D RE DO TH WH O RA U I F • DO IG T IN A I ? M D W E BS FI O IM ND H O N U T N ER D T E VO J H O I 'M O N O W O O U T RE G ISTE RED T D T HE ND N H S E CAN STA A OW D ID A T E S ST THE ES S E C A N D ID AT
  • 2. PeNNSYlvANIA 2010 MidterM elections vOTeR GuIDe What is the voter guide? On November 2nd, the mid-term elections will be held all across America. You will decide who will represent you in Congress and in your State Capitol. Do you know who is running to represent you? Do you know where they stand on issues that will affect your everyday life? If not, don't worry… we got your back: This voter guide tells you what you need to know before you step in the voting booth. What's at stake? Real talk, we are all struggling to answer some basic questions about our lives: accessible & Comprehensive take on predatory lenders and de- health Care velopers, and provide emergency housing for people in crisis. Can i see a doctor? We believe high quality physical Climate Justice and mental health care, including & Clean energy full reproductive health services and prescription drugs, is a right and must Can we survive? be affordable and accessible to all. Real talk: Its now or never. We should be a leader in building a affordable & clean energy future. This will cre- accessible housing ate millions of new jobs, improve Can i have a place to live? our health, and avoid future wars. We believe decent, safe, accessible We need to get serious switching and affordable housing is a right from dirty coal and nuclear power for all. The government should to wind and solar energy.
  • 3. • • • • 2 01 0 M i dt e r M e l ec t i o n s vOT e R G u I D e • • • • healthy Jobs & economy safety in our World Can i make a decent living? Can we have real peace and We believe workers, the backbone safety? of this country, have a right to paid Real national security comes from sick days and a living family wage. being a respected and respectful Workers should have the right to member of the global community. organize without fear. This is how This means ending torture and other we revive the middle class and al- human rights abuses. It also means leviate poverty. ending the war in Iraq and offering strategic humanitarian relief. Quality & affordable education Can i go to college without being voting rights & in debt for the rest of my life? election reform We believe every young person Can i vote? Will my vote be in this country has the right to a counted? What's up with politicians high-quality, affordable education trying to make it harder for us to from pre-school through college. vote? Why can't i register and vote on the same day, like my friends in rights for New americans Minnesota and Wisconsin? Can i be Can i be treated with respect sure my vote is counted? regardless of where i was born? We believe voting is a right for Immigration policy should not all citizens, including students criminalize people for seeking attending college out of state, a better life. We are a nation of felons, and people who need immigrants and diversity is our special help to participate. We strength. We need fair and hu- support public financing to take mane immigration reform that money out of politics. We oppose keeps families together, offers ID requirements and other pathways to citizenship, fair com- discriminatory barriers to voting. pensation, and basic services like health care and college loans. safe Communities Can i feel safe on my street? Building more prisons doesn’t make us safer. Instead of our generation spending $40,000 a year is facing a critical moment locking someone up, that will define our country for we should invest in job years to come. as a coalition of new training, education voters, we were a huge factor in both counselors, drug rehab 2006 and 2008. We will be the difference and programs that lift again in this election! too much is at stake in people up. We must this election to sit this out… get to know where take the safety of the candidates stand on our issues, then get women seriously in out and vote on November 2nd! our homes and on the streets. We’ve got this and other non partisan voter guides online, so check us out at www.generationalalliance.org — share it with your friends, send to your mom.
  • 4. ••• A • UC • • • • pag e 4 • • • • •• ? ED G • BAllOT INITIATIveS IN •• N O N •• D • AND e l e C T I O N S N •• TA • • •• •• In our state, there are ballot initiatives that put crucial decisions on important issues in the hands of the voters in the state. In the upcoming election there is 1 pending ballot initiative in Pennsylvania which does not have a direct impact on us. If you want to find out more information about the initiative you can check out Pennsylvania’s board of elections page. In order to know who you want to vote for, you need to know what they’re responsible for. Then you can check out how they stand on the issues you care about. We’ve highlighted two races but to see all the races check out Pennsylvania’s board of elections page. the goverNor: Who’s running? • Oversees all public related op- dan onorato erations (I.e. paying taxes, cars Democratic Party (DMv), construction, education, www.voteonorato.com legal matters, law enforcement) 412-281-5678 • Communicates directly with the tom Corbett state legislature Republican Party www.tomcorbettforgovernor.com • Accounts for all state money 717-238-4009 received and spent • Appoints certain officers as re- seNators: quired by the state constitution • Draft, introduce and sponsor and statutes and fills vacancies new bills in state offices • Debate and pass bills to go • Signs or vetoes bills passed by before the President vetoes or the legislature signs them into law • Calls elections to fill vacancies for • Advocate and work to prioritize members of the u.S. Congress the issues most important to • Issues requisitions for the return their constituents of accused persons The Senate collectively has the • Enforces all criminal laws power to: • Investigate pressing national issues
  • 5. • • • • 2 01 0 M i dt e r M e l ec t i o n s vOT e R G u I D e • • • • • Supervise the actions of the Who’s running? judicial and executive branches Joe sestak of government Democratic Party • Confirm or rejecting treaties www.joesestak.com initiated by the President 215-352-6213 • Confirm any Presidential ap- Pat toomey pointments (Supreme Court Republican Party judges, Attorney General etc) www.toomeyforsenate.com • Try any federal official accused 484-809-7994 of a crime after the House votes to impeach that official • Filibuster during debates on bills- a filibuster is when an individual Senator can choose to delay or entirely prevent a vote on a bill So you’ve made your decision about which candidate you’re voting for Pennsylvania election Protection information and what you’re voting on but before If you need more information about election rules and regulations you head to the contact the Department of State polls; make sure at: http://www.pavoterservices. you know if you’re state.pa.us, the Secretary of State at: http://www.docs.state.pa.us/ registered, how bcel/site/default.asp or visit the to vote, and 866 Ourvote website at: http:// where to www.866ourvote.org a resource vote. created by the lawyers’ Commit- tee for Civil Rights under law and its partners. identification Polling Place hours required to vote election Day: November 2, 2010 If you are voting for the first 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. time, Pennsylvania law requires you to present one of the following how to Check registration forms of identification: • Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE • A valid driver’s license or iden- • Visit the Pennsylvania Depart of tification card issued by the State’s website. Department of Transportation
  • 6. • A valid identification card is- during the entire period in which sued by any other agency of the the polling places are open for Commonwealth voting (7 a.m. to 8 p.m.). • A valid identification card issued • A member of the Merchant by the united States Government Marine and their spouse and • A valid United States passport dependents residing with or accompanying the Merchant • A valid student identification card Marine, who expect on election • A valid employee identification Day to be absent from the Com- card monwealth or the municipality of residence during the entire • A valid armed forces of the Unit- period in which the polling ed States identification card places are open for voting (7 • A Voter Identification Card a.m. to 8 p.m.). • A non-photo ID issued by the • A member of a religious or wel- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania fare group attached to and serv- or the u.S. Government ing with the armed forces and their spouse and dependents • A firearm permit living with them, who expect on • A current utility bill, bank state- election Day to be absent from ment, or paycheck the Commonwealth or the mu- • A government check nicipality they live in during the entire period in which the poll- how to Find Your Polling Place ing places are open for voting (7 • Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE a.m. to 8 p.m.). • Visit the Pennsylvania Depart • An individual who, because of of State’s polling place locator the elector’s duties, occupation website. or business (including leaves of absentee voting absence for teaching, vacations and sabbatical leaves), expects The following people may vote on election Day to be absent for any office in any election by from the municipality they live absentee ballot as long as they are in during the entire period the registered to vote: polls are open for voting and • A person who is or may be in the spouse and dependents of the military service of the united such voters who are living with States, regardless of whether at or accompanying the voter and the time of voting the person is for that reason also expect to present in the election district be absent from their municipal- of residence or in the Common- ity during the entire period the wealth and regardless of wheth- polls are open for voting (7 a.m. er they are registered to vote. to 8 p.m.). • A spouse or dependent living • A qualified war veteran voter with or accompanying a person who is bedridden or hospital- in the military service of the ized due to illness or physical united States and who expects disability if the veteran is absent on election Day to be absent from the municipality they live from the municipality they live in in and are unable to attend their
  • 7. • • • • 2 01 0 M i dt e r M e l ec t i o n s vOT e R G u I D e • • • • polling place because of such situations (such as an unexpected illness or disability, regardless of illness or disability) you can submit whether the voter is registered an emergency Application for Ab- to vote. sentee Ballot, which must be sub- • A person who, because of illness mitted no later than 5 p.m. on the or physical disability, is unable Friday before Election Day. Com- to attend his/her polling place pleted non-emergency absentee or to operate a voting machine ballots must be received by 5 p.m. and obtain assistance by dis- on the Friday before Election Day. tinct and audible statements. If you’re a first-time voter and plan (Note: A disabled elector may on using an absentee ballot, you be placed on a permanently will need to provide a copy of a disabled absentee file.) driver’s license or any other type of • A spouse or dependent ac- acceptable ID. companying a person employed information for People who have by the Commonwealth or the federal government, in the event Moved or Changed addresses that the employee’s duties, oc- If you have moved within the state cupation or business on elec- less than 30 days before to the tion Day require him/her to be election, you must vote at your for- absent from the Commonwealth mer residence. If you moved more or the municipality of residence than 30 days before an election but during the entire period the did not change your address with polls are open for voting (7 a.m. Voter Registration Officials, you to 8 p.m.). must vote at the polling place of • A county employee who ex- your old residence where you are pects that their election Day registered to vote. However, you duties relating to the conduct may only vote at this location and of the election will prevent the must follow “fail-safe” procedures, employee from voting. which include informing the elec- tion Officials of the change of ad- • A person who will not attend a polling place on election Day dress and filling out an affirmation because of the observance of a stating the new address. The new religious holiday. polling location will then update its records, and you will receive a new To vote by absentee ballot, a voter voter registration card. You will no must apply to the County Board longer be able to vote at your old of elections for an absentee ballot. polling place. The County Board of elections will send a paper absentee ballot to the information for People with voter. The voter then completes the Felony Convictions ballot and returns it to the County voting rights are restored automat- Board of elections. ically after release from prison. For In Pennsylvania, the County Board more information, visit the Penn- of elections must receive your sylvania Secretary of State website application for absentee ballot no or the 866 Ourvote website to later than 5 p.m. on the Tuesday download a Pennsylvania election before the election. In emergency Protection Manual.
  • 8. The Generational Alliance (www.generationalalliance.org) is a 501(c)3 collaboration of 15 national youth organizations building collective power for underrepresented & low-income communities. We're working together to win real change for our generation on the issues we face on a daily basis. We're not just around for the election. Our members are on the block 24-7, 365 days of the year to bring the change that our communities need. The GA members have come together with our strategic partners to make sure our communities have all the information they need to get out there and vote this election because our generation is facing a critical moment that will define our country for years to come. Too much is at stake in this election to sit this out…

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