Primary Election, Tuesday May 21st, 2019
This election will select candidates for the general election in November.
During a Primary Election, our two main political parties vote to select which candidates will represent their party on the November ballot.
So, there are two ballots—really, two simulations elections—one for Democrats and one for Republicans. In each case selecting candidates who will stand for their respective parties this November.
In PA we have what are called closed primaries, which means that as a Democrat you will be given a Democratic ballot. And registered Republicans get a Republican ballot.
If you are registered as Independent, Green, or anything else, you cannot vote in this primary election. This is a party election. You’ll get your chance in November.
In some instances the candidates in this election are running unopposed. As it turns out, for the Democrats there are only a couple of contested slots
Now, here’s the interesting part: In PA, School Directors (School Board) and Judges are allowed to cross-file. The idea behind this is that School Boards and Judges should non-partisan (not affiliated with a party).
Well, it doesn’t turn out that way.
What it turns out to be is confusing. There are registered Republicans on your Democratic ballot and registered Democrats on the Republican ballot. The idea is that if someone wins on both ballots, they are guaranteed victory in November.
Whether or not this is a good idea: that can be debated. But it is what it is. And both parties do it.
So, here are the candidates endorsed by the county Democratic committee and your local committee persons for the contested positions on the ballot:
County Commission has three people running for two slots on the November Ballot. are Dr. Val Arkoosh & Ken Lawrence, Jr..
Judge of the Superior Court: Has three people running for two slots on the November Ballot — endorsed candidates are Daniel D. McCaffery & Amanda Green-Hawkins
Judge of Court of Common Pleas: Has four people running for three slots on the November Ballot — endorsed candidates are Henry S. Hilles, III Melissa Schwartz Sterling, & Virgil B. Walker
School Board: Has seven people running for six slots on the November Ballot — Jeff Bedard, Neil DiFranco, Carol Etlen, Michael Needleman, Gretchen Slapinsky and Katherine Sarsfield (2 year term)
Not to worry there will be a volunteer from your party at your polling location to help sort it all out.
Here is who is up for election in 2019:
Officials elected in 2019 will directly affect the quality of your daily life: they oversee taxes, schools, parks, street, zoning, public safety, voting machines, and more.
School Board—legislative body that provides for support and maintenance of Springfield Township’s public schools
Township Commissioners—administrators of local government: including zoning, environmental programs, traffic safety, taxes, etc…
County Commissioners—administrators of county government
Row Officers—these are the officials who run the county offices—deeds, wills, licenses, courts, etc…
Judges—supervise courts, rule on questions of law
Springfield’s New Polling Locations
If you used to vote at the Middle School, you have a new Polling Location. Due to concerns over security, the new polls will be located either at the Flourtown Country Club or the Township Building. If you voted at Seven Dolors, the address is the same, but the poll will be in a different building. All the other polls remain the same.
New Voting Machines
Step-By-Step Instructions on How to Use the New Voting Machines. More …
Poll Worker Training Schedule -
This training is for person who work inside the poll and are paid by the county, not volunteers who stand outside the polls to greet voters and hand out sample ballots.
Poll workers are REQUIRED to complete this cycle’s Poll Worker Training, or they will not be permitted to work the polls. Click the link for the training schedule: https://www.montcopa.org/DocumentCenter/View/23676/Primary-2019-Pollworker-Training-Schedule
Meet the Candidates for School Board. More …
From left to right: Neil DiFranco, Katherine Sarsfield (incumbent), Michael Needleman, Dr. Carol Etlen, Gretchen Slapinsky (incumbent), Jeffery Bedard (incumbent)
County Wide Candidates. More …
General Meeting: Springfield Township Democratic Committee, Thursday, June 13, Meet & Greet 6:30, Meeting 7:00 PM
Free Library of Springfield Township 8900 Hawthorne Lane Wyndmoor, PA 19038 (set your GPS to Glenside)
Block Captains work with Committee Persons to keep their neighbors informed and encourage them to vote. Block Captains canvass, make phone calls, host gatherings, greet voters at the polls, and more….
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