Write-in policy for voter service activities

Published Apr 3, 2014 at 3:40 pm (Updated Apr 3, 2014 at 3:40 pm)

The League of Women Voters of Washington County has set the following policy for inclusion of candidates in the Voters Guide for the May 20 Pennsylvania Primary Election, and other voter service activities. All candidates already on the ballot for the offices of U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania governor and lieutenant governor, and Pennsylvania senate and house will be included. Voters will also choose members of the state republican and democratic committees. Write-in candidates for the offices covered will be included if they give the League written notification by April 7 describing how they meet two or more of the following criteria: public or media announcement of candidacy; existence of a campaign committee; evidence of fund-raising or planned activity for campaign; appeal to a broad segment of the electorate; or evidence of significant voter interest and support. The burden of proof for meeting these criteria rests with the candidate. If candidates are accepted for inclusion in the Voters Guide, they will also be included in any other LWV voter service activities for their office.

For those voters who are unable to go their polling place on May 20, absentee ballots may be requested. Enough time must be allowed for the Election Office to process the application, send the ballot, and receive it back from the voter. The completed absentee ballot application must be in the Election Office by May 13. Voters should apply as soon as possible in order to meet the deadline of receiving the actual absentee ballot and returning the voted ballot to the Election Office by 5 p.m. May 16.

To request a voter registration form or absentee ballot application, call the Election Office at 724-228-6750. Forms are also available in some libraries. Remember to allow enough time before the deadline or else go directly to the Election Office in Courthouse Square to fill out the form. For any other questions, such as where to vote, call the Election Office.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The guide will be available in Washington County papers the week of May 12 and will include information from candidates. Candidates planning write-in campaigns may apply for inclusion by contacting Jean Spoeri at 724-941-7484 before the deadline. The guide will also be on-line at washingtoncounty/palwv.org.

Registration forms may be downloaded at www.votespa.com.

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