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Your Vote is Your Voice

What's your plan to vote?
April 23, 2024 is the Primary Election

  • April 8, 2024 at 5:00 PM  Deadline to register to vote/update registration for the April 23, 2024 primary election at the Official PA Site.  Vote.PA.Gov
  • April 16, 2024 at 5:00 PM  Deadline for Mail-in or Absentee Ballot applications to be received by the County Election office. (Postmarks do not count.)  Apply for Mail-in or Absentee Ballot at the Official PA Site.  Mail-in or Absentee Ballot Request Application
  • April 23, 2024 at 8:00 PM  Deadline for Mail-in Ballots to be received by the County Election Office. (Postmarks do not count.)
  • April 23, 2024 Polls open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM.

Get more information about voting and the candidates at  VOTE411


Call to Action
Use your talents and your voice to make an impact

 Will you take a stand with us and attend the End Gun Violence?

May 7, 2024 is PA Advocacy Day at the PA State Capitol in Harrisburg


LWVPA is proud to partner with CeasefirePA, the Commonwealth’s gun violence prevention organization, to demand our lawmakers take action.


Your voice needs to be heard – and it makes a difference.

 

On May 7th, you’ll meet with legislators and attend a mid-day rally on the front steps of the Capitol with elected leaders, survivors, youth, faith leaders, medical professionals, and other advocates to demand policies that would make Pennsylvania safer. 

 

Click on the link below to sign up. You’ll then receive more information about transportation options (including buses and carpools), online training to prepare for your meetings, and an exciting list of speakers for the rally.


Join the Advocacy Day in Harrisburg


The League of Women Voters of Westmoreland County (LWVWC) needs you! 

The 2024 LWVWC Nominating Committee is seeking LWVWC members who want to make a difference in our county to fill 
two officers, several open director positions, and three members for the 2025 nominating committee.

Self-nomination is permitted and encouraged.


Please see the “LWVWC Officer and Director Position Descriptions” at this link  Officer and Director Position Descriptions LWVWC  

A candidate for an open position:

  • must be a current member of LWVWC (or become one prior to the voting meeting)
  • may not run for or hold an elected government or political office
  • may not publicly support any candidate for office or any political party  
The deadline to submit your name or someone else’s is Thursday, April 11, 2024.

Please reply to Beckie Bortz at
 
nominate@lwv-westmoreland.org with the nominated candidate’s name, position, and contact information.

LWVWC Board Secretary Position

The 2024 LWVWC Nominating Committee is seeking LWVWC members to fill the position of Secretary.

Please see the “LWVWC Officer and Director Position Descriptions” at this link  Officer and Director Position Descriptions LWVWC  

A candidate for an open position:

  • must be a current member of LWVWC (or become one prior to the voting meeting)
  • may not run for or hold an elected government or political office
  • may not publicly support any candidate for office or any political party  
Thursday, April 11, 2024 is the deadline to submit your name or someone else’s name.

Please reply to Beckie Bortz at
 
nominate@lwv-westmoreland.org 
with the nominated candidate’s name, position, and contact information.

Help Young Voters

develop a life-long habit of voting.


Join the Youth Voter Engagement Committee.

We need committee members

to help us reach out to colleges and high schools in Westmoreland County.


Please send an email to

vp@lwv-westmoreland.org

if interested.


Past Timely Topics Events

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"K-12 Governance and the Role of School Boards"

(Click on the title link above to view the presentation on YouTube.)

 

Presented By Ron Cowell of the Education and Policy Center



Check out

Videos of the

Timely Topics

Events

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"Finding One Billion Dollars: Funding Westmoreland County Schools"

 

(Click on the title link above to view the video on YouTube.)

Presented By Matt Cesario former school board president of the Keystone Oaks School District


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"What Closed Primaries Mean to Pennsylvania Voters"
(Click on the title link above to view the presentation on YouTube.)

Closed primaries prevent more than one million independent & non-affiliated PA voters from having a voice in choosing candidates in primary elections.  

Presented By Jack Wagner, former PA State Senator and former Auditor General of Pennsylvania


Check out

Videos of the

Timely Topics

Events

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"Election Integrity and All Other Things Election"

(Click on the title link above to view the video on YouTube.)

Along with the video, click on the title below to view the
Election Integrity and All Other Things Election PowerPoint 

Presented By Greg McCloskey, Director of Westmoreland County Operations and the Election Bureau

Making a difference in our community
Empowering Voters                      Defending Democracy 


Check out the slideshow video to see how our members

made a difference

in Westmoreland County this year.


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Greensburg
Summer Sounds

It was a beautiful August evening for the LWVWC voter registration and information event at the Greensburg Summer Sounds concert.
Fix Harrisburg volunteers joined us to share how changes to the
PA legislature can help enact more bipartisan solutions to improve our communities.
Fix Harrisburg

Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival

LWVWC members spent a June 2023 day sharing VOTE411 and Fix Harrisburg information  and collecting signatures for the petition to impact legislative rules so that bipartisan supported bills get brought up for a vote.

 

Scottdale Pride
Voter Information Event

2023 was our second year at this event in Scottdale engaging the attendees on voting issues and
sharing printed information on the next election.
 


 

Common Misconceptions About Election Security
Responses are from the Official Pennsylvania Department of State Website

 

Misconception:  "We need to use paper ballots for our elections"

Fact:  As of June 2, 2020, all 67 of the Pennsylvania's counties have deployed voting systems that produce voter-verifiable paper records and meet 21st-century standards of security, auditability and accessibility.

Misconception:  "The voting machines are being hacked over the internet and votes are being changed"

Fact:  All certified voting systems in Pennsylvania, including the election management system and vote-tallying components, are never connected to or permitted on internet-facing networks.  

There is no evidence that Pennsylvania’s voter rolls or vote results have ever been hacked or compromised.

Misconception:  "The election results are not audited."

Fact:  "To ensure votes are counted correctly, Pennsylvania counties currently conduct two types of post-election analyses: a statistical sample required by law and a statewide risk-limiting audit. 

Misconception:  "More people voted in the last election than were eligible to vote"

Fact:  A layered set of protections is in place to secure voter registration databases.

 

To see that more voting age people are eligible to vote than actually voted in the last election in PA, check out the current PA Voter Turnout and Voting Age Population numbers from the PA Department of State at Voting and Election Statistics 

Misconception:  "How can we be certain that votes aren't being changed?"

Fact:  Local election officials employ physical protections, cybersecurity techniques and pre & post election examinations.  Once the polls close on election day, official precinct election results are hand-delivered to county election officials.  
Watch this video from the PA Department of State on Election Security at the Local Level 

The LWVWC 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 LWVWC is nonpartisan and committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.

LWVWC DEI Resources