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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.
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.
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AND e l e C T I O N S
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
• Accounts for all state money
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
• 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
you’re voting for
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
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.
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…