Now in its 12th year of providing election information, the League of Women Voters Education Fund’s Vote411.org website will provide Bucks County voters with the opportunity to compare candidates running in the May 21st Municipal Primary side-by-side, in addition to a wealth of voting information specific to Pennsylvania.
A team of volunteers from the League of Women Voters of Bucks County has been busy preparing the Vote411.org website and contacting all the candidates who will appear on the ballots of Bucks County voters. Candidates are being instructed on how to upload their biographical information as well as how to enter their responses to several questions, all to enable voters to compare the candidates and make an informed decision when voting.
The League depends on the responsiveness of the candidates to this request for information.
Decisions about who to vote for in this Municipal Primary carry a great deal of weight because the closed primary system in Pennsylvania restricts who votes in the primary to those who are registered in that candidate’s party. Typically, fewer than 15% of eligible voters will vote in the municipal primaries, leaving many races decided by a very slim number of votes. Cross-filing for school board and judicial candidates can conceivably have races decided at the point of the primary election, making voter participation in the Municipal Primary that much more important.
The League of Women Voters is working hard to prepare Vote411.org so that Bucks County voters have access to nonpartisan information about all candidates, directly from the candidates, for these local elections.
They are confident the candidates will demonstrate to potential constituents how responsive they can be by participating in this vital service.
Voters are reminded that the applications for civilian absentee ballots for the Municipal Primary must be received by the Bucks County Board of Elections at 55 East Court Street in Doylestown by 5:00pm, Tuesday, May 14th, and the voted civilian absentee ballots must be returned to the Board of Elections by 5:00pm, on Friday, May 17th.
Due to mail delays, applications for absentee ballots and voted absentee ballots should be mailed at least a week prior to the due date.
Voted absentee ballots may also be delivered in person, by the voter, to the Board of Elections.
The Board of Elections can be reached at 215-348-6154. Learn more about the League at www.lwvbucks.org.