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The 2020 Presidential Election is November 3, 2020 – What You Need to Know…

Polls Open 7:00 am – 8:00 pm

Note: “Vote-by-Mail”, because of the ongoing health crisis and expected long lines at the polls, is a recommended option – safe and secure. All mail-in ballots must be mailed & postmarked by 8:00 pm on November 3. But this close to the election, the post  office may not be the most reliable means to ensure your vote is counted,  so read below the options you will have for submitting your completed ballots earlier or on Election Day if you choose not to use USPS. You can also track your ballot’s progress and make sure it has been received here.

YOUR OPTIONS

If Voting in person on Election Day

  • Maintain social distance while standing in line
  • Wear a mask
  • See the Dems table for an enlarged sample ballot (take a photo or scan QRC code). We will also have a QRC code to scan to check status of your mail-in ballot to see if it was received; if not, you can request a provisional ballot.
  • Complete the entire ballot – there is no longer a ‘straight party vote’ option
  • Use hand sanitizer after you leave the polling place

If Voting by Mail

  • No postage is necessary
  • When you receive your ballot packet from Chester County Voter Services, be sure to keep 1) the outside signature and address envelope, 2) inside secrecy envelope, and 3) your ballot; you will need all three for your vote to count!
  • Fill in the bubbles fully (no X or checkmarks accepted) and for all races (there is no longer a ‘straight party vote’ option.)
  • Insert your ballot in the secrecy envelope and insert this inside the outer envelope. Note: if you discover you have misplaced the secrecy envelope, you may use a blank envelope instead. Do not write your name or anything on the secrecy envelope as it will invalidate your ballot.
  • Most importantly, remember to include your name, address, and SIGNATURE on the OUTER envelope
  • Complete and return your ballot as quickly as possible!  After October 20, we do not recommend mailing it; use one of Chester County’s secure drop boxes instead
  • Check the status of your ballot here!

Early Voting and Election Day Chester County Drop Box Option

See the Chester County Voter Information Portal for locations and times and everything you need to know to make your vote count!

  • This link shows the Ballot Box Drop-Off Locations, including the one closest to your address (for E & W Bradford, these are likely the Chester County Government Services Building in West Chester and the Downingtown Library at 128 Wallace Avenue -next to Kerr Park in Downingtown.) You must drop it off in person, and may not carry someone else’s ballot.
  • Beginning October 7 but only until October 27, two Satellite Voting Centers at the Henrietta Hankin Library in Chester Springs, and the Oxford Public Library will be open to allow you to request a ballot, complete, and submit it all at the same time. (Bring identification.)
  • Use this website to track your ballot
  • You can also drop off your completed mail-in ballot (using the secrecy envelope and placed inside your signed outside envelope) prior to 8:00 PM on Election Day at one of the listed ballot drop-boxes (includes Downingtown library) or at the Chester County Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Road in West Chester – do not take them to your regular polling location

June 2, 2020 Primary Election Results

Results of June 2, 2020 Primary Election

East & West Bradford (nine precincts)

Voters in East and West Bradford turned out in huge numbers for the Presidential Primary, indicating – with enthusiasm – that they have a strong interest in electing Joe Biden the 46th President of the United States, marking Donald Trump a one-term failure. Voters also want to re-elect Rep. Chrissy Houlahan to the US House (retaining a majority) and Rep. Christina Sappey to the PA State Legislature, flipping majority control there. The enthusiasm was evident as we crushed the Republicans in turnout across our nine precincts – Democratic turnout ranged from 47% – 60% with an average of 53.02%, while Republicans turnout ranged from 29% – 35%, with an average of 33.36%. Let’s keep that Blue Wave rolling in November!

We also see that voters now understand the importance of having a Democratic State Attorney General to protect residents from heartless, unfair and often ridiculous Republican policies coming from the current White House that affect our citizens – and to provide equal and fair justice to everyone. And of holding State Row Offices for the Treasurer and Auditor General to protect state resources and residents, and so are proud to again place Josh Shapiro (AG) and Joe Torsella (Treasurer) on the ballot along with Nina Ahmad for Auditor General.

Overall in Chester County, the trend was vote Democratic, and Vote by Mail:

Ballots Cast – DEMOCRATIC: 74,500
Election Day votes 18,159; Vote-by-Mail 56,341

Ballots Cast – REPUBLICAN: 48,163
Election Day votes  27,502; Vote-by-Mail 20,661

Key dates for 2020:

  • To register to vote in (or change your party affiliation before) the November 3 General Election, click here. Deadline to register to vote is October 19 .
  • Last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot is October 27.
  • Last day for Chester County Board of Elections to receive voted mail-in and civilian absentee ballots (must be received by 8:00 P.M.) is November 3.

The November 3, 2020 General/Presidential Election Ballot will have these outstanding Democratic candidates: 

Representative in Congress, PA-06: Chrissy Houlahan (incumbent)

 

 

Pennsylvania Senate District 19:     Carolyn Comitta (currently serving in PA House of Representatives, District 156) – this seat is currently held by Sen. Andy Dinniman, who is retiring.

 

 Pennsylvania House District 158: Christina Sappey (incumbent)

 

 

Statewide Offices

Attorney General: Josh Shapiro                    (incumbent)

 

 

Treasurer of Pennsylvania: Joe Torsella (incumbent)

 

 

     Auditor General: Nina Ahmad

Primary Election – June 2, 2020

East and West Bradford have shown a surge in Democrats turning out in the last General Election. Let’s continue this trend as Pennsylvanians will be deciding the Democratic Presidential Candidate while showing support for our local and state candidates.

NOTE: Mail-in voting in Pennsylvania is now easy and convenient – apply here. You will be mailed a ballot and can return it by Election Day, June 2. The deadline to request a mail-in or absentee ballot is May 26.

Check your Voter Registration Status here

To register to vote, or change your party affiliation to vote in the Democratic Primary, click here. Deadline to register to vote is May 18 .

Local Offices

Representative in Congress, PA-06: Chrissy Houlahan (incumbent)

 

 

Pennsylvania Senate District 19:             Kyle Boyer of Tredyffrin Township.

 

 

Pennsylvania Senate District 19:     Carolyn Comitta of West Chester (currently serving 156th PA House of Representatives)

 

 

Pennsylvania Senate District 19:             Don Vymazal (endorsed by CCDC)

 

 

Pennsylvania House District 158: Christina Sappey (incumbent)

 

 

Statewide Offices

Attorney General: Josh Shapiro                    (incumbent)

 

 

Treasurer of Pennsylvania: Joe Torsella (incumbent)

 

 

Auditor General: Christina Hartman (endorsed by CCDC)

 

 

There are six announced candidates for the Auditor General seat to be vacated by Eugene DePasquale:

2020 Candidate Kickoff Party

Thanks to everyone who attended our annual Candidate Kickoff and Petition Signing Party on February 1! Over 50 came to meet our candidates, enjoy great food and drinks, converse on the state of politics, sign nominating petitions, win great raffle and silent auction prizes, and toast 2020. Zone Leader Kevin Houghton introduced Christina Sappey (PA 158 House), Andy Dinniman (PA 19th Senate, who has since announced his retirement), and Kyle Boyer (PA 19th Senate), who addressed the gathering asking for petition signatures and support for the April 28th Primary Election. We heard there’s a lot of work to do this year, but also saw a wealth of enthusiasm.

Thanks to Joanne Hill and John Fuhr for sharing their home for this exciting event, and to everyone who attended and contributed.