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VOTING  -  ELECTIONS

2016 Election Results as of  11-9-16

See Montco - the old traditional way of seeing all the races in Montco –
These are Montco Results only  For Pa races and National races this only tells you Montco results
 Ie : in Montgomery County MgGinty beat Toomey – In Bucks County  Toomey won ---- Toomey won the overall race

http://webapp.montcopa.org/election/2016%20General%20Election%20Result.htm

See Town Ward (and event Precinct, if you wish) - make your selection for the Town near the top on the left
These are Montco Results only  For Pa races and National races this only tells you Montco results
Ie : in Montgomery County MgGinty beat Toomey – In Bucks County  Toomey won ---- Toomey won the overall race
https://electionresults.montcopa.org/#/list?town=28&cview=sw

 See PA results  & County by County Interactive Map http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/ENR_NEW   or http://www.electionreturns.pa.gov/ENR_New/General/SummaryResults
Torsella / DePasquale/Shapiro / Toomey   all won  
( Trump won in Pa – these are the PA results only - percentages nationally are different )
PA Ballot Question  50.88 Yes to  49.12 No  (Judges who currently can serve to age 70 will now be able to serve to age 75 )

See National results
http://www.politico.com/2016-election/results/map/president
Clinton  218 Electoral Votes   Trump 276 Electoral Votes     may not be final - check back
Clinton 59,794,934 Popular Votes        Trump 59,588,437 Popular Votes     may not be final - check back

See Senate results
http://www.politico.com/2016-election/results/map/senate
51 R   to    45 D     may not be final - check back

 See House results
http://www.politico.com/2016-election/results/map/house
238R to 193 D  may not be final - check back

Key Governor Races
http://www.politico.com/2016-election/results/map/governor


The 2016 General Election was held  Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Polls  open from 7:00am to 8:00pm.
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Find your Abington polling place 
http://www.abington.org/home/showdocument?id=2966
or http://webapp.montcopa.org/voterservices/voters/ListPolls1.asp?Municipality=ABINGTON

  
Find out who the candidates are and see a sample Ballot
  
An exact Ballot   http://webapp.montcopa.org/voterservices/sampleballots/
A page with all candidates 
     http://smartvoter.org  
OR:  to see who's running - bios, pics etc :
Local Democratic Candidates
http://www.abingtondemocrats.com/campaigns.html
Local  Republican Commissioner Candidates
http://atrogop.org/candidates-abington-township/

Registration, Absentee Ballots & other local info at 
Montgomery County Voter Services  Absentee Ballots for April election must be received by April 17

Get Election Results for PA  http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/
Please note: statewide candidates may win in Montgomery County, but be defeated in the statewide count !

Get Election Results for Montgomery County http://www.montcopa.org
Please note: statewide candidates may win in Montgomery County, but be defeated in the statewide count

Local Democratic Organization
ARDC : Abington - Rockledge Democratic Committee

Montgomery County Democratic Headquarters - 610-272-2000


Local Republican Organizations

ATRO- Abington Township Republican Organization        atrochair@verizon.net

Montgomery County  Republican Organization
   610- 279-9300  info@montcogop.com
             
 314 E Johnson Hwy Norristown  19401

 Montgomery County Polling Places  ( and other voter info )
 http://voterservices.montcopa.org/voterservices/cwp/view,a,1459,q,30710,voterservicesNav,%7C.asp


Voter info /Election info, candidates, results, polling places, maps, etc   
Department of state Voting & Election Information find candidates, how to run for office,
               info on special elections, etc etc

League of Women Voters Contact info for Legislators , maps for polling places, etc
 

Cross Filing -candidates who cross - file can be on both  ballots, no matter their party affiliation
                     So even though in the primary, you would expect only to vote  for members of your own party, 
                     there will be Democrats on the Republican Ballot   and vise versa.  They will not have their party
                     affiliation notated by their  name in the ballot box - so take care to learn who your candidates are
                      before  going into the ballot  box.  ( a good idea anyway, of course)

How  many Democrats Republicans or Greens  are in each Ward in your Township? 
Go to  the page that has "page 19" on it - but is page 81 if you're using the pop-up pageinator  on the bottom of the page http://www.montcopa.org/DocumentCenter/View/9042    Go   down to precincts.

What Machines Do We Use and Are They Secure ?
         
The Sequoia AVC has a history...and lawsuits that tell the story

Election Issues and Poll Place Issues
 
Election issues 
 

Find your District :  District map . You have to know the number of the District you're in ...
http://www.redistricting.state.pa.us/Maps/House.cfm


Find your Ward, County, State and Federal Officials  
   and their contact information  

 Find your Legislator's (Incumbent's) Voting Record  
 Can't find it ? I'm shocked.   Please -------- begin to push for legislation that uses your tax dollars first and foremost to track the records of those that are spending it all.  If you don't, you'll vote back in those that are voting against your wishes . The candidates only tell you about the votes they want you to know about ------- Please help get a clear link - that can be posted  right here on this page with your candidates entire record in a straightforward manner ( not somewhere where each individual has to seach and search to see the full pcture. ) The very best we have found thus far is  - https://www.govtrack.us/

 Many sites do PART of the job but we need to do better :
----
GovTrack - https://www.govtrack.us/  
---Pennsylvania Votes: http://www.pennsylvaniavotes.org  
---
Congress.org  subscribe at www.Congress.org   provides a MegaVote service - 
                    see how your House Rep and Senators have voted on important issues.  You have to let them know whenever  you've been 
                     redistricted,- they cannot automatically change your profile to the new, correct district ).  
 --- Special interest groups publish info near lection time -like  :
                          PDA, NOW, NARAL, Human Rights Watch, Common Cause, PennPirg, The League of Conservation Voters,
                             the Sierra Club, the NRA, etc - and check groups like the League of Women Voters who may also provide voting history.
  ---Look up Federal House and Senate voting records :
                        The Library of Congress at Thomas.gov
                        GovTrack.us -  has a database of all Congressional rollcall votes - both House and Senate.
                        Washington Post   
 ----  The Senate publishes all its rollcall votes here
----- Thomas  provides roll call votes back into history  find them here http://thomas.loc.gov/home/thomas.php

 Find your Current Legislators
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/index.cfm?CFID=96142150&CFTOKEN=31748848

More Candidate & Election Info
How to Run for State Office -http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/information/12709
How to run for local office - ( have not found links for either County or Township offices- see www.Montcopa.org )
Candidate Bios  http://www.votesmart.org  
Candidate Voting records - ( these really should be available , shouldn't they?  Anyone have a link?) 
Candidate and Election Finances
 
      www.OpenSecrets.org   Center for Responsive Politics (Open Secrets) candidate finances
      www.fec.gov  to find where campaign $ comes from
     www.dirtyenergymoney.com how much  fossil fuel industries money was collected
     www.marcellusmoney.org how much  natural gas industry $ to co' involved in
               fracking /pollution etc
  
  www.whitehouseforsale.org White House for Sale
     http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/fundrace/ Nationwide Campaign Contributions
     www.campaignfinance.org Campaign Finance Information Center
     www.followthemoney.org  Institute on Money in State Politics
     www.campaignfinance.org/states Campaign Finance Information Center - State Campaigns
     www.corporations.org/solutions/electoralreform.html  full corporate  info  search site
 FACT CHECK  : http://www.factcheck.org  -A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center
       - are statements factual?

See Re-districting Maps for the 13th Congressional district
http://www.redistricting.state.pa.us/Maps/Congressional.cfm 

Redistricting for the Pa House - Map
http://www.redistricting.state.pa.us/Maps/House.cfm

Redistricting for the Pa Senate
http://www.redistricting.state.pa.us/Maps/Senate.cfm

 

ELECTION REFORM NEEDED
Click here to see reforms that are needed - posting polling rules, monitoring behavior, publishing rules for candidates to run, gerrymandering, voting on Tuesday rather than on the weekend  when most people are off from work , etc

ELECTION MATTERS: 
or Elections Matter ........

But if we believe that, then do we believe that we need to KNOW where our candidates come from,  know what the issues are  and that we are able to follow how they are voting, how they were funded  and know that our voting machines /methods are actually taking an accurate count.and can't be hacked.  Believe it or not --all of those things are still problems without solutions in sight .

  Candidates are generally hand -picked by the very few at the top of the parties -most citizens don't have a clue who the party reps are  - and some areas don't even have Committee people. By the time you realize there is an election on the horizon, the time to qualify someone for the ballot is long gone.

       Candidates generally run on one or two issues -  and residents often don't even know the real issues , as many important decisions that affect their lives are enacted without their knowledge .  Voters need to begin to pressure their legislators to bring the news about what's on the table back to them .

      We need to  get the money out of politics so ideas prevail rather than dollars and special interests. Some states have options for candidates to run with public rather than private dollars and there  are several movements underway to amend the constitution to limit the large special interest monies .

          What can we do ? 
      First let's begin to demand  that politicians get our vote only when they have told us their position on ALL issue that concern us . We need to have our civic and other groups  help make lists of issues that the election would be based on - not   one or two "showcase " items .

         Second demand to see HOW your politicians are doing?  Require that they fund, first, above all else,  a full disclosure of their voting record. The ones listed above do not fully inform what the bill is or what amendment your legislator proposed. They are a start - but need your prodding to do the job right .  My Commissioner, Steve Kline  refused to give his voting record ---- and he can get away with that  - as long as his constituents keep voting him in anyway.  It really is up to us to make change. And the voting process is the only means we  have to do that - so we'd best  learn how to use it.
     
          Third, it matters a great deal whether our politicians are making our government more or less accessible to us. Do something specific to  be sure your legislators answer questions ( they're not required to, if you can believe it ) and that they post important things like buget links,  That they  offer to forward links or documents that take just a moment to do, rather than to enforce right to know laws that cost them ( and you ) and the requester more time and effort . At times they even make things MORE difficult than they are naturally.   Do we get a regular financial report in a succint form ?  Do residents know their debt position ?  Are they posting on line whatever can be posted to make information sharing easy and cost effective?  Are our website and TV organized and being used in our interests?  It matters.  The more of those policies you put in place, the more eyeballs or watchdogs you have- and the more watchdogs, the more efficient the use of your money is likely to be. 

          In this township information has been withheld --people should know they will be voted out if they do that.

           Fourth, whenever you are in doubt over whom to elect, vote in the new person.  Some of the greatest problems have come from long time politicians who have gotten the whole process under their "control" .  Too many career politicians make for bad government. They become adept at "managing the answers" rather than producing results.    In our township they are about to roll out the re-zoning that is needed to" fix the "blight " -- but they would like us to forget that a good number of those  doing the "fixing" were the ones who created the problems in the first place.  Having seen the results of these policies - voting in someone new is an excellent choice .   

       Holding your politicians accountable requires  DOING something ato learn about the issues and talk with your neighbors ---not voting for people, or personalities, or one issue promises - but getting the big picture.  Then change ultimately will happen at the polls. 

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WARD BY WARD BREAKDOWN  --DEMOCRATS VS REPUBLICANS  From the Montgomery County public voter records 5-20-15

Ward 1      1485 Democrats    1274 Republicans   385 others           total  equals3144

Ward 2     1566 Democrats      912 Republicans     331 others           total  equals 2809

Ward 3    1536 Democrats      1091 Republicans     358  others          total equals 2809

Ward       1457 Democrats      861 Republicans       329 others           total equals2647

Ward 5     1831 Democrats     350 applicants           267 others            total equals 2448

Ward 6     1367 Democrats      749 Republicans       388 others            total  equals2504

Ward 7      1393 Democrats      865 Republicans       214 others           total equals 2472

Ward 8      1397 Democrats       714 Republicans       311 others           total  equals2422

Ward 9      1223 Democrats       873 Republicans        366 others           total equals 2462

Ward 10     1329 Democrats      962 Republicans        403 others           total  equals2694

Ward 11      1204 Democrats      892 Republicans        349 others           total equals 2445

Ward 12      1284 Democrats      928 Republicans        409 others            total equals 2621

Ward 13       1226 Democrats      988 Republicans        337 others            totally was 2551

Ward 14       1394 Democrats      712 Republicans        359 others            total equals 2065

Ward 15       1309 Democrats       801 Republicans       352 others            total equals 2462


 

RESULTS

Please do not rely on this page for any definitive information
Please verify all info with
Montgomery County Voter Services
http://www.montcopa.org/index.aspx?NID=2033


Nov 3, 2015 ELECTION 
Results    http://www.montcopa.org/index.aspx?NID=2033
Choose your Township here https://electionresults.montcopa.org/#/
Abington Township https://electionresults.montcopa.org/#/list?town=28&cview=

Dem - Tracy Panella            12,422       19.42%
Dem - Susan Arnhold           12,474       19.50%
D
em - Michele R. Tinsman    8,773   13.72%
Dem - Andrea Trainer            11,727 18.33%  (Had resigned & was ineligible due to residency while voters voted
                                                                           -Effectively this held a Democratic seat --- how do we fix this so voters
                                                                            are not duped ???  )

 Dem - Daniel Sean Kaye     12,430 19.43%
Rep - Joseph J. Rooney          6,110   9.55%
Write-In                                     28     0.04%
Total                                      63,964  100.00%
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Ward 1     D- Steven N. Kline             843    R-  Gary W. McDowell      408      --- 1,251 total votes
Ward 3     D - Drew Rothman             773     R - Larry Jones                   772      --- 1,545 total votes      
Ward 5     D - Wayne C. Luker           676     Write-In          1                                  ---    677 total votes
Ward 7     D - Ben Sanchez                 833    R - Robert B. Sklaroff         278      ----1,112 total votes
Ward 9     D - Mike Jones                   539    R- Dennis C. Zappone         652      ----1,191 total votes
Ward 11   D - John L. Spiegelman      866    Write-In          4                                 ----    870 total votes
Ward 13   D - Steven DelCarlino       387     R- Carol E. Gillespie          662       -----1,049 total votes
Ward 15   D- Thomas Bowman          706     Write-In          2                               -----   708 total votes

))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

Nov 5, 2014  Election
Election results are here http://webapp.montcopa.org/election/2013%20General%20Election%20Result.htm

Ward 2 – Michael Markman (D)
Ward 3 –  Jones (R) ( originally it was a tie . A recount put the vote in Jones' favor
Ward 4 –  DiPlacido (D)    Originally there a was a tie. It was still tied after a recount.
                 Both candidates picked a numbered tile from a jar.
Ward 6 – Stephen J. Kalinoski (R)
W
ard 7 – Ben Sanchez (D)  
Ward 8 – Peggy Myers (R)
Ward 10 – Tom Hecker  (D)
Ward 12 – Thomas J. Farren, Sr. (R)
Ward 14 – Lori A. Schreiber (D)

May 21, 2013 Primary Election
Election results here http://webapp.montcopa.org/election/2013%20Primary%20Election%20Result.htm
In Abington :
This does not show a winner over a loser. Both sides won their races
-This is just to show  the # of voters that turned out for them

Ward #                Republican                      Democrat

2                           Wachter 57                     Markman 113
4                           Vasserman 99                 Di Placido  193
6                           Kalinoski  87                 Torres  141
7                           Willis  96                       Sanchez 257   
8                           Myers 94                        Holt
157
10                         Maerz 114                      Hecker  171
12                         Farren 104                      Smith  149
14                         Howarth 74                    Schreiber 169
Tax Collector       Blumenthal 1,243           Conner 2,152


Please check the link yourself for any changes, errors
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November 2012 Presidential Election - Winners in Red

  Democrat     Republican    
President Barack Obama 230,493 56.49% Mitt Romney 173,176 42.44%
US Senator Bob Casey, Jr. 233,592 58.29% Tom Smith 163,502 40.80%
Atty General Kathleen G Kane 229,530 57.72% David J. Freed 163,865 41.21%
Auditor General Eugene A. DePasquale 207,421 53.01% John Mahler 177,925 45.48%
State Treasurer Robert M. McCord 218,871 55.98% Diana Irey Vaughn 166,485 42.58%
US Representative Allyson Y. Schwartz 113,869 65.69% Joseph James Rooney 59,476 34.31%
State Representative Madeline Dean 21,113 64.28% Nicholas W. Mattiacci 11,411 34.74%

April 2012  Special Election  State Rep District 153  Candidate
Madeleine Dean won over Nick  Mattiacchi She  will fill out the term for the rest of the year and then be the incumbent  for Nov
http://www.montgomerynews.com/articles/2012/03/10/glenside_news_globe_times_chronicle/news/doc4f56af76a6d15702159262.txt?viewmode=fullstory.

Nov 2011election  - Commissioner Candidate Winners  in red 

                 R                                                               D

Ward 1 -  Jim Reeves      442        31%          Steve Kline  960     68%
Ward 3 -  Rich Gaglianese   802    59%        John Swanson  538   40%
Ward 5 -  Wayne Luker     796     100%         Wayne Luker is a Democrat who cross filed  100
Ward 7 -  Matt Willis      431        35%          Madeleine Dean  790  64%
Ward 9 -   Dennis Zappone   572  56%          Dan McLaughlan   447 43%
Ward 11-  Diane Misko    407      36%          John Spiegelman   707 63%
Ward 13 - Carol Gillespie   659   57%           Ralph Giguere  497 42%
Ward 15 - Matt Brigidi     419      46%           Tom Bowman  481   53%

 

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BROKEN LINKS ALERT  

Abington Township recently completely revamped their website at the end of 2015 . All links directed to the old site were broken. We will be reinstating links as we find them and if the data is still available.  
Please  let us know if you find a broken link . Send us the name of the link and the page it is on , and if we can reinstate it, we will.

 


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