Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Montgomery County's unofficial results were posted after polls closed on Tuesday.
Tuesday's primary elections saw low voter turnout in most jurisdictions. Less than ten percent of registered voters came out to vote in the primaries. County-wide, the unofficial numbers show 9.06 percent of registered voters voted today. Here is our rundown of the unofficial results. Pottsgrove School Director Republican Ballot B. Scott Fulmer 540 20.16% Matt Alexander 597 22.29% Diane M. Cherico 519 19.38% Michael G. Neiffer 505 18.86% Nancy J. Landes 517 19.31% Total 2,678 100.00% Democratic Ballot Diane M. Cherico 238 13.35% Nancy J. Landes 207 11.61% Kelley Crist 366 20.53% Rick Rabinowitz 324 18.17% B. Scott Fulmer 168 9.42% Michael G. Neiffer 191 10.71% Don Clancy 289 16.21% Pottstown School Director Republican Ballot Amy Bathurst …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Tuesday is primary election day in Pennsylvania.
Primary Election Day is today, Tuesday, May 21. While there are relatively few uncontested races, Patch has a guide of who is running as well as a rundown of some other election information. Polling Place Changes A few polling places have changed this year. Pottstown 1-2 has moved from the Empire Hook and Ladder Firehouse at 76 N. Franklin Street to the YWCA, 315 King Street, Pottstown, PA 19464. Pottstown 6 has moved from the Chesmont Building at 13 Armand Hammer Boulevard to Rupert Elementary, 1230 South Street, Pottstown, PA 19464. Election Information If you're not sure where you should vote, or if you're registered to vote, check the Pennsylvania Voter Services website. Montgomery County also has sample ballots for each precinct on …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Two Republicans and two Democrats will be on the ballots of both political parties Tuesday.
Four Montgomery County residents are hoping to fill two open seats in the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in January, but the first step is making it past the Primary Election, in which all of the candidates are cross-filed. Republican candidates Sharon Giamporcaro and Maureen Coggins will be on the Republican and Democrat ballots, as will Democrats Steven Tolliver and Gail Weilheimer. Here is a look at the four candidates: Maureen Coggins of Upper Hanover Township Maureen Coggins is a Montgomery County attorney with over 20 years of courtroom experience, including eight years as a prosecutor with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, including serving as chief of the Major Crimes and Special Prosecutions unit. As the…
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The U.S. Census Bureau says black turnout nationwide, by percentage, exceeded white turnout last year for the first time.
A recent U.S. Census Bureau report shows that blacks had the highest voter turnout among racial identifications in the 2012 general election. Nationwide, 66.2 percent of black citizens voted, exceeding for the first time the turnout of white voters, which was 64.1 percent. In 2008, 66.1 percent of whites voted, to 64.7 percent of blacks. Back in 1996, white turnout was 60.7 percent and black turnout was 53 percent. Black turnout also exceeded white turnout in Pennsylvania last year, 65.2 percent to 62.5 percent. Read a Huffington Post report on the census findings, and see below for statistics comparing other voting demographics: Voter turnout is expected to be far lower in Tuesday's off-year primary election. Polls will be open from 7 a…
Saturday, May 18, 2013
One poll suggests that, while Pennsylvania voters might support medical marijuana use, they aren't in favor of legal pot.
Pennsylvania voters aren't in favor of legalizing marijuana, according to one pole. The Frankin and Marshall College poll of Pennsylvania voters for May 2013 showed that 54 percent of voters polled opposed to legalizing marijuana in the state. A similar F&M Poll at the beginning of February found that 55 percent of respondants were against legalizing marijuana. While voters don't support its outright legalization, 82 percent of those polled favor the use of marijuana for medical reasons if prescribed by a doctor. The poll, which was conducted between April 30 and May 5, gathered responses from 526 registered voters, including 265 Democrats, 196 Republicans and 65 Independents. The full poll is available for review here. The following …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that he's exploring another run for the Senate; Sestak narrowly lost to Pat Toomey in 2010.
A rematch between former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is in the works as Sestak announced Tuesday that he's exploring a run for the Senate in 2016. Democrat Sestak, a former Navy vice admiral, lost narrowly to Republican Toomey in 2010. Sestak, of Delaware County, has formed an exploratory committee—the equivalent of launching a campaign in terms of Federal Elections Commission paperwork, according to a Washington Post report. Can Sestak beat Toomey? Who would you vote for if the Senate election was held today? Tell us in the comments section below. Tuesday's announcement ends speculation that Sestak, 61, is raising money to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett. Sestak raised $460,000 in the first quarter of this year. A Sestak-…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
County Republicans say the interim Voter Services director's involvement with a Democratic political committee is evidence of 'cronyism.' Castor: 'Everyone associated with this process has acted honorably.'
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners on Thursday continued to face questions regarding the recent dismissal of Joseph Passarella, the former long-time head of the county's Voter Services department, as the county's Republican committee pointed to his interim replacement's erstwhile role in a Democratic political committee as evidence of "Philadelphia-style political cronyism." Passarella was dismissed April 17 after almost two decades in the post. Commissioner Bruce Castor led off Thursday's meeting of the Board of Commissioners with a statement directly addressing the "public controversy," saying that he believed "everyone associated with this process has acted honorably and in the belief that they were doing what they thought …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
In a Letter to the Editor, Bill Parker, of Pottsgrove, states that he'd like to see school board candidates address issues publicly during a debate.
Tuesday, April 30
Editor's note: the following post is a a submission from Bill Parker, of Pottsgrove. If you would like to have your own submission posted, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org To the Editor: I have proposed that those running for Pottsgrove School Board have a 'Debate of Issues' to give the voters an opportunity to ask direct questions of all those running for school board, so they can make a well informed educated decision in who they vote for. There has been some consideration from each side as to whether they want to do this or not. At least one has said they would do the debate if the community wanted it. I know as a Pottsgrove resident, I would benefit – and be interested – in seeing the two sides together in a friendly and …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
In a Letter to the Editor, France W. Krazalkovich, a Republican candidate for the Upper Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners, urges local government to protect the Second Amendment.
Thursday, April 25
Editor's note: the following post is a a submission from France Krazalkovich, who is a Republican candidate for the Upper Pottsgrove Board of Commissioners. If you would like to have your own submission posted, email it to email@example.com To the Editor: The problem of violence involving guns in neighborhoods throughout these United States is real; HOWEVER, combatting this threat cannot come at the great expense of mitigating basic, fundamental, unalienable Rights. Kudos to our neighbors in East Coventry Township for recently joining the likes of the Borough of Gilberton, the Borough of Frackville, the Borough of New Britain, and even Susquehanna County - in passing Second Amendment Preservation Resolutions in Pennsylvania. …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
It's not too late to register to vote in the Primary Election.
The last day to register to vote in the May 21 Primary Election is Monday, April 22. You have until the end of business Monday to register. With a Montgomery County shaping up to likely be a hotbed of excitement with both Alyson Schwartz and the still-possible Bruce Castor taking a primary run at Pennsylvania governor, it could be a great time to be a Montco voter. Individuals applying to register to vote must be: Montgomery County answers some questions about voter registration here. Download a voter registration form in the pdf section of this article.