Only about 50-60% of registered voters actually vote in Presidential elections.
The numbers for municipal elections are even lower. Some cities report as low as 6% of eligible voter turnout in municipal elections. So, why is it important to vote in local elections?
- Local government affects many aspects of everyday life. Local elections determine who is running the place you call home. You want to make sure you have a say in who has these incredible responsibilities to ensure the best possible life for you and your neighbors. Your May 18th primary ballot includes mayors, school board directors, council members, and judges. The judges we elect can decide on sentences for some crimes and violations. If elected District Judge of Court 15-101, I would work to develop addiction recognition training and a program to help identify high-risk individuals and get them into treatment sooner. Treatment reduces recidivism and keeps our communities safer. I also look forward to the privilege of performing weddings for all, regardless of sexual orientation.
- It can help build relationships in the federal and state government. There are certain issues that can be further addressed by state and federal officials. Such topics include minimum wage, climate change, international affairs, and budget concerns. You want to make sure that when the people of your municipality want something addressed, your local representatives will communicate your message to the appropriate person. Whether it’s your state and federal senators, your representative in the house, the governor, state supreme court, or treasurer, your local officials will be the ones building long term connections with them. You want to make sure the people you elect will foster good relationships with their colleagues to ensure your voice is heard and action is taken.
- Your vote is your voice. Many of today’s voters would have simply not been allowed to vote when this country was founded. At that time, it was only white, land-owning males that were able to vote. If you’re a woman, a person of color, or a renter, your right to vote was fought for by those who came before us. Now, all citizens over the age of 18 have the power to affect change on a local level. Our democracy will only serve everyone if everyone votes.
Important Election Info:
- Need to register to vote? The deadline to register to vote for the October 18th election is November 2nd. That is also the deadline for changing your name, party, or address.
- There are four ways to register to vote:
- The last day to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot is October 25th. Click here for an application. Your ballot must be enclosed and sealed in the inner secrecy envelope that indicates “official election ballot” or it will not be counted.
- Absentee and Mail-in Ballots must be received by 8 pm on election day at your county board of elections.
- Not sure who to vote for? Visit the Chester County Democratic Committee’s website to learn more about local candidates and initiatives.