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VOTING  -  ELECTIONS

The 2014 Primary Election - Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
Polls will be open from 7:00am to 8:00pm.
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Find your Abington polling place 
http://abington.org/info/voting.htm

  
Find out who the candidates are  / see  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)

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 :
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GovTrack - https://www.govtrack.us/  
---Pennsylvania Votes: http://www.pennsylvaniavotes.org  
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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
     www.fundrace.org 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, 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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RESULTS

Please do not rely on this page for any definitive information
Please verify all info with
Montgomery County Voter Services


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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