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First, make sure you’re registered; the deadline to register for the fall general election is October 19. The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is October 27.

The general election is November 3—make sure you have a plan to cast your vote, and if you make up your mind early, send in your ballot early.

Check out Committee of 70’s tools to educate voters in this major election year, and share them with your community! 

  • BYOB Ballot: a platform that allows voters to put in their address and receive their customized ballot vote – and if they’d like, share with others.
  • The WeVote App: which will house the Voter Guide, the BYOB Ballot, along with educating voters about the candidates and their voting rights and responsibilities, encourage voters to act by voting at home or volunteering, and allow voters to share virtual voting-related events and materials.
  • Their podcast, 20 by Seventy, will help you understand local politics and stay informed.


Will the legislature turn blue in 2020?

Will the legislature turn blue in 2020?

With Joe Biden leading in the polls, Philly 3.0’s engagement editor says, it just may be possible

With 102 days left until the November 3 Presidential election, Joe Biden is polling about 7.5 percentage points ahead of President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania—a state the incumbent won by only around 46,000 votes in 2016.

Breezing past all the necessary qualifiers about this, the basic situation is that the dynamics currently favor a Biden win in PA barring significant changes in Trump’s favorability. In the most recent poll from Fox News, which has Biden up by 11 points in PA, respondents also give Governor Tom Wolf a 63-percent favorability rating, and support the Black Lives Matter movement 57 to 43 percent. For the moment, PA voters are in a more liberal mood.

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What will all this mean for state legislative races further down the ticket? A strong enough lead for Biden would have downstream effects that could lead to overperformance by Democratic candidates for the General Assembly and state Senate in strong Biden areas that nets them more seats than they currently have. They would need nine more seats on net to flip the state House, and five seats to flip the state Senate.

Do SomethingIt’s not common to see polling for smaller races like this, but a new analysis from Jeff Singer at Daily Kos Elections of past voting behavior in the different state legislative districts shows that based just on the districts’ partisan leanings, there’s a pretty decent menu of districts in the General Assembly currently held by Republicans where statewide Democratic candidates have won majorities in the past, and where Democratic state House candidates could conceivably win too if Biden’s lead is wide enough.

Back in 2016, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton 48 to 47 statewide and took 119 of the 203 districts. Two years later, though, Democratic Sen. Bob Casey was reelected 56 to 43 against Republican Lou Barletta and carried all 83 of the Clinton seats and an additional 36. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, who won 58 to 41 against Republican Scott Wagner in 2018, took a total of 132 House districts, including each of the Clinton/Casey constituencies.

There are six House Republicans in Clinton/Casey/Wolf districts. An additional 25 Republicans represent Trump/Casey/Wolf seats, while 10 more hold Trump/Barletta/Wagner districts. Altogether, there are 41 Republicans in seats that backed at least Wolf, which could give Democrats plenty of targets in a strong year.

On the other side, 10 Democrats serve in Trump/Casey/Wolf seats. Another three hold Trump/Barletta/Wolf constituencies, while two are in Trump/Barletta/Wagner districts.

Democrats face much longer odds in the Senate, where Singer’s analysis finds just two Republican incumbents in Clinton/Casey/Wolf seats, and two in Trump/Casey/Wolf seats. But Democratic Senator Pam Iovino, who just recently won a special election 52-48, will also be defending a Trump/Casey/Wolf seat. If Democrats net four seats in the Senate, Lt. Governor John Fetterman can cast tie-breaking votes, giving them the slimmest of majorities.

For more on the individual district results, check out the Daily Kos Elections breakdowns for statewide results within upper and lower chambers in Pennsylvania and other states.

Jon Geeting is the director of engagement at Philadelphia 3.0, a political action committee that supports efforts to reform and modernize City Hall. This is part of a series of articles running on both The Citizen and 3.0’s blog.

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