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LWV WRITE-IN POLICY FOR VOTER SERVICE ACTIVITIES
The League of Women Voters of Washington County alerts all voters that the Pennsylvania Municipal Primary is Tuesday, May 16. On the Washington County ballots for this election are candidates for Justice of the Supreme Court, Judge of the Superior Court, Judge of the Commonwealth Court, Judge of the Washington County Court of Common Pleas, County Controller, Recorder of Deeds, Sheriff, Magisterial District Judge, and School Director.
Citizens who want to participate in this election must be registered 30 days before the election. The last day to register is Tuesday, April 17.
The League of Women Voters of Washington County is preparing its nonpartisan Voters Guide for the election. The guide will be available in Washington County papers the week of May 8 and will include information directly from candidates. The guide will also be on-line at http://washingtoncountypalwv.org for voters to check at their convenience.
The LWV of Washington County has set the following policy for inclusion of candidates in the Voters Guide and other voter service activities. All candidates already on the ballot for the offices mentioned above will be included. Letters are going out to these candidates. Write-in candidates for the offices covered will be included if they give the League 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.
Candidates planning write-in campaigns may apply for inclusion by contacting Judy Hughes at email@example.com or 412-892-9494 before the deadline.
For those voters who are unable to go their polling place on May 16, 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 Tuesday May 9. 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 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 12.
To request a voter registration form or absentee ballot application, contact the Washington County 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, 100 West Beau Street, Suite 206 to fill out the form. For any other questions, such as where to vote, call the Election Office or check the LWV of Washington County website, which will connect you to the websites that have this information.
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.
For more information on the League, call 724-228-9889.
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Washington County League of Women Voters and Bar Association
Host Judicial Candidate Forum
The League of Women Voters of Washington County has joined with the Washington County Bar Association to hold a nonpartisan forum for Washington County Court of Common Pleas judicial candidates in the November municipal election. The forum will take place on Wednesday, April 12, at the Doubletree Meadowlands from 7-8:30pm. The forum is free and open to the public and registration is not requested.
Five candidates have filed for the position. Judges are elected for 10-year terms to the court. The candidates on the ballot for the May 16 primary are Kristen A. Clingerman, Joyce Hatfield-Wise, Charles E. Kurowski, Phillippe A. Melograne and Brandon P. Neuman. The discussion at the forum will be facilitated by a moderator, with candidates to answer questions prepared in advance by the League and the Bar Association. Questions will not be permitted from the floor during the forum.
The last day to register to vote before the primary is April 17. Registration for the November 7 election begins May 17 and ends October 10. For the full election calendar, including dates for absentee ballots, go to http://www.dos.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx, 2017 Key Election Dates.
In preparing for the primary, voters can check the League of Women Voters of Washington County nonpartisan Voters Guide. The guide will be published in several Washington County papers the week of May 9 and will include information from candidates. The guide will also be on-line at washingtoncountypalwv.org for voters to check at their convenience
The LWV of Washington County encourages citizens to participate in government by voting, by attending public meetings of municipal and school boards, and by seeking public office. The Bar Association and its charitable Bar Foundation promote law-related public education programs and projects that improve the legal and judicial system.
For more information about the judicial candidate forum, call the League of Women Voters at 724-228-9889 or the Washington County Bar Association at 724-225-6710.
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WCBA: Kathy Sabol, Executive Director, email@example.com
Frank Arcuri, Chair, WCBA Court Relations Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pipeline expert Lynda Farrell, Executive Director of the Pipeline Safety Coalition, will be presenting an educational workshop Thursday May 4 from 6-7:30 p.m, at the Chartiers Community Center. Ms. Farrell will discuss safety factors related to different types of pipelines (methane gas, natural gas liquids such as ethane, etc.), landowner rights and responsibilities.
The workshop is free and open to the public.
Chartiers Community Center is located at 2013 Community Center Drive, Houston, PA 15342 (Behind Arnold Park) is
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