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Election 2024 (it’s another critical one) and Final Results of Election 2023

The November 7 Election is now behind us. Thanks to all who volunteered to make calls, canvass doors, put out signs, and especially everyone who VOTED DEMOCRATS ACROSS THE BOARD INTO OFFICE! It was a good result, as votes went our way in a big way:

  • Democrats retained the majority of the County Board of Commissioners.
  • Democrats swept the Chester County government ‘row offices’.
  • Democrats took all five open seats in the County Court of Common Pleas. (This is unprecedented, and helps to sway the judicial balance to support our Democratic values.)
  • Democrats fought back to win big against huge outside, far-right spending on school director races in WCASD, DASD, and CASD districts within our three townships of Brandywine Creek Dems.
  • Democrats won contested township supervisor positions in East & West Bradford.

That’s all great, but we now must get to work on the critical 2024 Presidential Election and the races for President/Vice President (presumably Biden/Harris), US Senator (Bob Casey) and US 6th Congressional Representative (Chrissy Houlahan), the State Senate 19th district  (Carolyn Comitta), and the 156th General Assembly (Chris Pielli).

Important election dates:

Nominating Petitions are circulated – Jan. 23-Feb. 13, 2024
Last day to register to vote in the Primary – April 8, 2024
Last day to apply for mail-in & civilian absentee ballot – April 16, 2024
Primary Election – April 23, 2024
General Election – November 5, 2024

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Election 2023: It’s almost here. Let’s get you ready to vote!

The Brandywine Creek Dems, representing East & West Bradford and East Fallowfield Townships, are preparing for the November 7 election. Here’s what you need to know, and how you can help:

First – do you need to check your voter registration?  And do you anticipate family or business activities may prevent you from voting in-person at the polls on November 7? If so, you can sign up here to receive a mail-in ballot. It’s easy and safe.

Who are we voting for?

In this election, we will elect State Judges, including one critical opening on the PA Supreme Court and Chester County Government officials, including three County Commissioners, District Attorney, Prothonotary, Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills, and Sheriff. In addition, there are five openings this year for county judges in the Court of Common Pleas.

All are important races, but none moreso than the County Commissioners and judges. Anyone who has attended a County Commissioner or Election Board meeting since 2020 knows that there are many ‘election deniers’ here who would like to make it more difficult to vote; and one could argue they may even refuse to certify a valid vote if controlling the Election Board.

For a full slate of Democrat candidates for these offices, visit the Chester County Democratic Committee Voter Guide.

At the more local level, we are electing school directors for West Chester (East Bradford), Downingtown (West Bradford), and Coatesville (East Fallowfield) Area School Districts. Township supervisors and auditors will also be selected.

Look for us to publish sample ballots soon on this website, and we also plan to mail our annual Brandywine Creek Dems Newsletter, which will include a sample ballot. You can help us cover the cost of printing and mailing by donating here. But we also have an offer that you may prefer – to buy fall plants from Bloombox (September 1-30), with 15% of the price going to our organization to cover this expense.

Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 16: What you need to know…

Many Democrats are aware that the 2023 Primary Election is coming up. Many know that we are voting to place candidates on the November 7 General Election ballot for state and judicial offices and Chester County Government as well as school board directors and local municipal/township offices.

By now you are probably aware that for ‘non-partisan’ judicial and school director races, candidates may “cross file” onto other party ballots than their own, and this means that extreme right judges and school director candidates are on the Democratic ballot you will complete now (if using a mail-in ballot), or on May 16 at the polls.

Fortunately you all have access to our sample ballots that identify the real Democrats who have been vetted and endorsed by your local Democratic zone and county organizations. PLEASE USE THESE SAMPLE BALLOTS rather than guessing who are the real Democrats. You can find them here on our website, and print or take a photo of them, or simply remember to pick up a sample ballot at the polls if voting in person on May 16, 7am-8pm.

PLEASE VOTE!

 

Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 16, 2023

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.