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Collegeville's Official

Democrat Newsletter 

Mid-October 2020

Readers: leading up to the election we will be sending out more newsletters than we usually do.  Each one will have some different content, including candidate information, voting information as well as links to articles and important websites. So we invite you to read through them and learn about your candidates and the upcoming election!  

Message from

Collegeville Democrats


Voting Up and Down the Ballot

One thing that we have learned from our current political quagmire is how important it is to vote for Democrats every year, in every election, at the top, middle and bottom of the ballot.  

We are seeing that Republicans in our State House and Senate and in our US House and Senate are voting as a bloc to promote Trump's agenda (no matter how far from the ideals of our beloved democracy he strays). They have worked to reduce voting rights, remove protections for immigrants, remove the rights of women to make their own health choices, give more power to the big Pharma companies, bow to the wishes of the NRA putting our children and our own lives in danger again and again.  In a few words: the Republicans are NOT on our side.

This kind of change happens gradually, but it was given a big boost through the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency.  He has bullied and belittled anyone who stands in his way to push his agenda of getting rich...oh and, also getting reelected.  If this doesn't terrify you, it should.

Please help us save our democracy by voting for the Democrats on the ballot... every one of them.  There may be some races where it is not clear or where you have to vote for a Republican. In this case, taking one of the yellow Democratic voting guides from the volunteers on voting day will be helpful.  We call them the Goldenrods.  You can also see a sample ballot for Collegeville here.

With your help we can take back our government and make the positive changes that will keep our Borough, our County, our State and our Country safe from the ruinous path that we are on.
 

YOUR VOTES MATTER
The General Election is Tuesday November 3rd.  
Our candidates need your support!
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Candidate's Corner
2020 Democratic Ticket Collegeville, PA


The candidate photos are linked to the "meet-the-candidate" page for each person. For the main landing page of each candidate's website, click on the text link.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris
Candidates for President and Vice President of the United States

https://joebiden.com/
 

This is Joe’s Vision for America.


We've got to rebuild the backbone of the country: The Middle Class.


We’ve got to demonstrate respected leadership on the world stage.

 

We've got to make sure our democracy includes everyone.


Read more about Joe's Vision and his positions on many critical issues facing Americans here.

Read more about Kamala here.
 
Madeleine Dean
Candidate for PA 4th Congressional District
https://www.mad4pa.com/

Elected in 2018, Mad Dean will continue to fight for:
  • Access to healthcare for all
  • Universal pre-k, affordable college and trade school, interest free student loans
  • Protecting a woman’s right to healthcare choices
  • Commonsense gun safety legislation to end gun violence
  • Saving lives by putting an end to the opioid epidemic
  • A fair and compassionate immigration policy that preserves America’s values
  • And much more!
     
Josh Shapiro
Candidate for Pennsylvania Attorney General
https://www.joshshapiro.org/

Josh is our Current AG and has lots of experience:
  • As a State Representative, Josh wrote and passed some of the toughest ethics laws in state history.
  • As Chairman of the Montgomery County Commissioners, he led a fiscal and ethical turnaround, took early steps to combat the heroin epidemic, helped the first LGBT couples in Pennsylvania marry and fired Wall Street money managers to save retirees millions.
  • As Attorney General, Josh has restored integrity to the office and is standing up for the rule of law and safeguarding Pennsylvanians’ rights. He has taken on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, identifying 301 predator priests and thousands of victims and spurring investigation across the United States. He has twice secured national injunctions protecting women’s access to no-cost contraception as required by the Affordable Care Act. He is fighting our country’s opioid epidemic on every front– including leading a multi-state investigation into pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors.
Joe Torsella
Candidate for Pennsylvania Treasurer
https://www.joetorsella.com/

Joseph M. Torsella is a successful civic leader who brings integrity, energy, and vision to the office of Pennsylvania State Treasurer. 

Joe is the kind of commonsense problem-solver we need in public life. Because Treasury manages $100 billion in public funds and has pre-audit authority over every single check the Commonwealth issues, it’s an ideal platform for someone with Joe’s record of bringing efficiency, sound management, and innovation to the public sector, a theme of Joe’s career.

Joe Believes:
  • Every dollar in the Treasury comes from the hard work of Pennsylvania taxpayers.
  • Pennsylvanians need to trust that their money will be managed with fairness and integrity, uncompromised by conflicts of interest, political affiliation, favoritism, or other unfair considerations.
  • The days of needing to know someone to do business with Treasury will be over
  • We can and should do much better.
Nina Ahmad
Candidate for Pennsylvania Auditor General
https://www.ninaforpa.com/

As auditor general, I’ll use my power to make a difference across the Commonwealth. Our shared values are under attack by Trump and more than two decades of conservative control in the state capitol.

Nina's Vision:
  • Health care is one of the biggest issues facing Pennsylvanians, and I know costs can be cut with expertise, technology, and leadership, by crunching data and uncovering hidden industry gimmicks.
  • I will use the power of an audit as a tenacious watchdog to shine a light on today’s problems, including:
    • taking on big pharma and insurers with entrenched interests,
    • calling out the influence of the NRA, and
    • using evidence to investigate wrongdoing by those besieging our communities.
  • I’ll offer a sharp and clinical eye so taxpayer investment invigorates good-paying jobs, protects working families, ensures equal access to quality education, and provides a level playing field for all Pennsylvanians.
Joe Webster
Candidate for State Rep 150th Legislative District
https://joewebsterpa.com/

Elected in 2018, Joe’s legislative priorities include:
  • providing quality education
  • protecting the commonwealth’s natural resources and environment
  • combating gun violence
  • providing access to affordable healthcare in order to promote a healthy workforce and enhance economic growth.
With a career in the military, a PhD, and a leadership in a global corporation under his belt, Joe believes:
  • strong public schools are paramount to a vibrant community and a strong economy.
  • healthcare should be available and affordable for all Pennsylvanians.
  • social, political, and legal equality of all citizens is not up for debate.
  • fair and open elections are key to democracy.
  • we have the people, the resources, and the means to move Pennsylvania forward.

Want to AVOID the polls on Election Day?


Register and Vote Absentee or Mail-In (Drop Off)

Register to Vote NOW! (it's not too late)


October 19 @5PM: The PA deadline to register to vote Donald Trump out of office!


Absentee & Mail-in Voting Deadlines


Out of town for Election Day? Want to avoid the lines or the people? Apply for an absentee or mail-in ballot!!  ...And make sure your college students have applied too!

October 27 @5PM:
The last day to apply for a civilian absentee. Please note that postmarks do not apply and original applications must be received (no facsimiles or emails).

Fill out an absentee or mail-in ballot application here
Or pick one up at a Voter Services office: There are four Satellite Office locations around Montgomery County. They are in Lansdale, Pottstown, Willow Grove and Narberth.  Click here to see the list of all Satellite Office locations.

You can then print your application and send or take it in to the Norristown Voter Services office OR one of the NEW SATELLITE OFFICES. Click here for a flyer with those locations.

November 3 @ 8PM: All civilian "voted" ballots must be returned to the County Board of Elections Office. Please note that postmarks do not apply.  They must have your ballot in hand by that date.

VOTING YOUR ABSENTEE OR MAIL-IN BALLOT 

You must follow ALL instructions on your ballot or your ballot WILL BE Thrown Out
Call 1-833-728-6837 if you need help

 

  • VOTE YOUR BALLOT:
    • Using a black or blue pen, fill in the “bubbles” next to the Candidate’s name
    • Be sure to USE THE SAME PEN for the entire ballot
  • INSERT YOUR MARKED BALLOT IN THE WHITE SECRECY ENVELOPE;
    • make sure there are no marks on the secrecy envelope
  • PLACE WHITE SECRECY ENVELOPE IN THE RETURN ENVELOPE that has the Montgomery County Voter Services (Board of Elections) address on it.
  • SIGN AND DATE THE DECLARATION on the back of the outside of the return envelope, completing all requested information
  • DELIVER YOUR BALLOT (inside the TWO envelopes)
    • See the box below for address information
Delivering your VOTED Mail-In Ballot
 
A single first-class stamp is sufficient to cover USPS postage cost. Mail to:
Montgomery County Voter Services
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19401-0311

If you want to send it via private courier (or drop it off yourself), you'll need the street address:
Montgomery County Voter Services
One Montgomery Plaza
425 Swede Street
Ste 602
Norristown, PA 19401

Drop Box Locations
There are several Drop Box locations around the county. The two closest are in Royersford and Skippack. 

Click here to see the flyer that lists all Drop Box locations.

Satellite Office Locations
There are four Satellite Office locations around Montgomery County. They are in Lansdale, Pottstown, Willow Grove and Narberth.
Click here to see the list of all Satellite Office locations.
 

Want to go to the polls on Election Day?


Register and Vote In person

Montgomery County's Paper Voting System:


At the polling location, voters receive a paper ballot, fill it out, and then scan it.  There are additional rules about who hands you the ballot, who tears off a tab on the ballot, etc.  So it will be important to pay attention to the instructions.  The great news is that there is now a paper audit trail!  

For more information, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are answered here.
Watch instructional VIDEOS here.

2020 GENERAL ELECTION
COLLEGEVILLE POLLING LOCATIONS

 
Collegeville 1: 
Trinity Reformed Church United Church of Christ
532 East Main Street
Collegeville, PA 19426
 
Collegeville 2:
Key Bank Building 
364 East Main Street
Collegeville, PA 19426
 
Collegeville 3:
Borough Hall
491 East Main Street 
Collegeville, PA 19426

 
ALSO NOTE:
 

GET INVOLVED!!

Click on the images below to see how you can volunteer to help get Democrats elected THIS year.
 
You can also email MCDC: info@mcdems
Or call for more information: 610-272-2000
     

UPCOMING EVENTS

Collegeville Democrats' monthly meeting
Last Wed of each month, 7:30-9pm online (for now)

  • November (TBA)
Borough Council Meeting:
1st Wednesday of every month at 7pm on Zoom (during the pandemic)

Absentee Ballot Application Deadline:
Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020 at 5pm

Absentee Ballots Due at Voter Services:
Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 at 8pm

Election Day:
November 3, 2020, 7am-8pm

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