PA General Election 2020
The online version of the printed Voters Guide to the 2020 Pennsylvania General Election is available on the Morning Call website. This non-partisan Guide is for voters in Lehigh and Northampton counties. You are also welcome to view the same Voters Guide 2020 General Election in PDF format.
PA Primary 2020
The online version of the printed Voters Guide to the 2020 Pennsylvania Primary is available on The Morning Call website. You are also welcome to view the same Voters Guide in PDF format.
The Voters Guide to the 2020 Pennsylvania Primary was published by The Morning Call on Thursday, May 21. Subscribers to the daily edition received a printed copy and printed copies should have been available at news stands that day. We delivered additional copies to the Lehigh County Voter Registration office to offer to the polling places on June 2.
NOTE: The Polling Place Search tool will help you locate a polling place for Election day. Input the information as directed. If the polling place is still not found you may contact the county election office. County Contact Information
Lehigh County Polling Places and other voter registration information may be found on the website of the Lehigh County Voter Registration department.
We appreciate Michelle Graupner, Editor, Voters Guide 2020, League of Women Voters of Lehigh County, for working with the LWVPA and The Morning Call to compile the Guide for races in Lehigh County. (Michelle’s counterpart in LWV of Northampton County did the same for races located in that county.) We also appreciate Donna and Charles Barker for picking up the additional copies and bringing them to the Lehigh County Voter Registration office. Please contact these board members any time at email@example.com
Recent History of the Voters Guide
Our organization compiled information for the Voters Guide for the 2019 Municipal Election that took place on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. The following day, the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office posted Election Results. Do you know the responsibilities of our County Elected Officials?
This edition included races that took place in Lehigh and Northampton counties. Subscribers to The Morning Call daily editions received printed copies with their newspaper on Thursday, October 24, 2019. We appreciate very much this support on the part of The Morning Call.
Information for additional candidates was received after the print deadline for the Voters Guide. It appears on the bottom left of page 32 in the State section of the edition published Sunday, October 27, 2019. A pdf version of the additional candidate information is: vg2019mea.pdf .
There are two elections every year and we produce a Voters Guide for both.
On May 9, we produced the Voter’s Guide for the 2019 Municipal Primary that took place on May 21, 2019.
Additional copies of the printed version of the Voters Guide
On the morning of both May 9 and October 24, the newspaper made additional copies to the League of Women Voters of Lehigh and Northampton counties. Scroll down for more information in “The printed version of the Voters Guide.”
The League of Women Voters of PA offers an online voters guide called VOTE411 to all Pennsylvanians. In September we collected candidate responses for the 2019 Municipal Election. Links to VOTE411 and other useful information for voters can be found on the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania homepage. For example, the information about candidates for the statewide race for Superior Court Judges was collected by the state league. Data about candidates for national races is collected by the national league.
The information about local races in municipal elections is collected by LWV of Lehigh County. Candidates were offered a choice between completing their private, personalized online questionnaires on VOTE411 or complete the 2019 Paper Questionnaire that they email or mail to us. We have a set of guidelines for completing the online questionnaire. For the election in Fall 2019, all candidates who participated in the Guide used the online questionnaire.
Gathering information about races and candidates
For the municipal elections in odd-numbered years, the state-wide races such as Superior Court Judge are filed with the State Department in Harrisburg. Our state counterpart, LWVPA, uses VOTE411’s cloud technology to gather information from those candidates. Our local League can later use that information for the printed Guide. Meanwhile, Timothy A. Benyo, Deputy Chief Clerk, Registration and Elections, sends us spreadsheets listing the races for offices located in our county, candidates and their mailing addresses. The day after the deadline for candidates to submit their petitions, clerks enable us to visit the office so we could write down the email addresses that candidates provided without touching the documents. Thanks to the support of this office in 2019, we were then able to use VOTE411 administratively to generate and send letters and emails to the candidates, asking them to confirm the information we had gleaned, their biographical information and responses to non-partisan questions. Three weeks before the Guides were to be printed, we forwarded candidate information we gathered and LWVPA gathered using VOTE411 to the Morning Call. Then, we reviewed and sign off on the final draft.
In even-numbered years, the state-wide races such as Treasurer and state legislative races across the state including 203 state house and 25 of the 50 state senate seats, candidates and their mailing addresses are filed with the State Department in Harrisburg. The U.S. races such as President, Congresspersons and Senators, candidates and their mailing addresses are filed with the national counterpart in Washington, DC. The LWVPA and LWVUS use VOTE411 to gather information from the candidates. LWVLC’s role is to follow up with any candidate who has not completed and submitted their unique and confidential online questionnaire. The LWVLC forwards data about races that will appear on ballots in our county to our contact at The Morning Call. Then, we review and sign off on the final draft.
The Morning Call sends the final draft to the editors in Chicago to finalize then send to the printer in New Jersey. The printed copies are available to subscribers and us two Thursdays before the upcoming elections.
In both elections every year, LWVUS, LWVPA and LWVLC use VOTE411 to gather candidate information. A voter can then use VOTE411 to view any of this information that will appear on his/her ballot.
The printed version of the Voters Guide (cont.)
Thank you to The Morning Call for continuing support of our non-partisan, twice-yearly Voters Guide.
The newspaper always gives us hundreds of extra copies to distribute around the county. This involves a counting or “bundling” party at which members make bundles of varying numbers and mark them for delivery to Voters Guide Recipients including libraries, community centers, social agencies, and various other places where voters can picked them up. Pat and Burke Swan offered their home for us for this purpose for years. On the same day as The Morning Call publishes the Voters Guide. Burke and Pat Swan picked up the copies early in the morning and bring them to their home. Volunteers arrived at 10:30 a.m. or arranged to pick up copies later in the day. We finish about noon, then depart to make our deliveries.
We also prepared copies of the Guide for mailing to LWVLC members who are not participating in the bundling party and “friends”. We mail them at the USPS located in Wescosville, PA.
Below is a list of the members who processed copies for mailing and also bundled copies for distribution and delivered the bundles to locations within the county on October 24.
Members took additional copies to distribute to additional locations.
Charles and Donna Barker, Chairs, Distribution, Government Directory, Voters Guide
Reminder: The League of Women Voters helps people register to vote, but we DO NOT maintain the lists of registered voters. If you have a problem with your registration, contact the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office at 610-782-3194.
In Fall 2017, we were proud to help distribute “Guía de los votantes Allentown,” the inaugural Spanish translation of the Voters Guide.
Who won the 2017 Primary Election? State appellate court judges
COMING SOON! For eighteen-year-olds and new citizens: How to register and vote…Spanish (Registrarse_Votar-Guia-Spanish)
Information on registering and voting in Pennsylvania is at: www.votespa.com
Other helpful links posted on Links under Voters Guide.