It’s Springtime – the beginning of Election Season 2023!
Enjoy the warmer weather, but please keep in mind that the future of our freedoms, and democracy, is still at stake.
These ‘odd-year’ elections should not be called or considered ‘off-year’ elections; every election counts these days, and no less in 2023. This year, we will vote on a majority of Chester County Government positions, with the most important being for retaining the majority of the County Board of Commissioners (BOC). Since the BOC controls the Board of Elections, with a Republican majority we could easily see voting becoming more difficult and even have safe and secure results questioned and not certified by election deniers in those positions.
However, virtually every race on the ballot has significance to each resident and family, as we will elect five county judges and school directors for West Chester, Downingtown, and Coatesville Area School districts. These races, since they are supposed to not be political (although they clearly are), allow candidates to cross-file on the ballot of the political party that is not their own. This makes it critically important to review and study the May ballot before casting your votes; we are providing Sample Ballots here on our website and also at the polls that indicate the actual Democrats and those endorsed by the county Democratic Committee following its series of meet-and-greets, questionnaire reviews, and interviews.
We will also – in November – elect judges to the state Supreme Court, Superior Court, and Commonwealth Court; all have critical roles in deciding cases related to our health, religious and reproductive freedoms, and elections.
Our first step is to rally registered voters to cast their vote in the Primary Election on May 16. The following county and state-wide races are on the Primary Election Ballot:
- PA State Supreme Court
- PA Superior Court
- PA Commonwealth Court
- Chester County Commissioners (vote for two)
- Chester County District Attorney
- Chester County Recorder of Deeds
- Chester County Prothonotary
- Chester County Register of Wills and Orphans Court
- Chester County Sheriff
In addition, you will vote for township supervisors, auditors, and school directors.
See the sample ballot for your precinct for more information; you can read about the candidates and get important voting information on the chescodems.org website.