Sunday, November 11, 2012
According to an AP survey, six in 10 Pennsylvania voters said the economy was the most important issue of the election.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
By PA Independent Staff HARRISBURG — Democrats swept all five statewide races, but Republicans were able to claim victory in congressional and state legislative races as the election dominated news in Pennsylvania this week. President Barack Obama and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey were each given a second term by Pennsylvania voters, who also supported Democratic candidates for attorney general, auditor general and treasurer. Democrats won three state Senate seats, but Republicans still hold the majority in that chamber. The GOP successfully defended their wide margin in the state House as well. Kathleen Kane, a former assistant district attorney from Lackawanna County, will be Pennsylvania’s next attorney general. The party is championing the …
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Voters in Pennsylvania were asked, but not required, to show a photo ID before voting on Tuesday.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
By Eric Boehm and Melissa Daniels | PA Independent HARRISBURG — Voters in the Harrisburg area gave mixed reviews of Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID law on Election Day. The state joined dozens of others by passing a law in March that requires voters to show a photo identification before casting a ballot. But state courts issued an injunction last month that suspended the law at least temporarily, meaning voters did not have to prove their identities at the polls. Voters in Pennsylvania were asked, but not required, to show a photo ID before voting on Tuesday. That will change when the law takes full effect next year. In Cumberland County, Ross Gahagan, a Republican voter, said he saw no problem with asking for ID before allowing people to vote…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Levittown Patch shows the vote breaks down with town-by-town results.
More than 70,000 in the Levittown area took to the polls Tuesday to vote, according to county tabulations. President Obama easily won the popular vote in the lower portion of the county. A check of the presidential election results in local towns showed Obama also won the region in 2008. He won most towns in both elections in a landslide, data shows. The diverse make up of Levittown lead the BBC to called the area the "key to the 2012 election." Whoever wins the majority of votes in presidential vote Bucks County usually wins the national vote. On Tuesday, participation started with heavy turnout that remained steady throughout the day, various election officials told Patch. Bristol Borough: Bristol Township: Falls Township: Langhorne …
Pennsylvania voters elected their first woman Democrat to be attorney general on Tuesday
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Kathleen Kane achieved two firsts in her Pennsylvania attorney general election victory: She defeated Republican David Freed 56 to 41 percent in unofficial results from Tuesday's voting. Kane won the support of Lehigh Valley voters on her way to statewide success: Bucks County Montgomery County Kane, 46, is a former Lackawanna County prosecutor who will now oversee an office with a staff of about 700 and subject to legislative battles over a budget that now stands at $81 million, according to a Philly.com report. Kane had a slight fundraising edge in the race. Both candidates pledged a review of the Jerry Sandusky child rape case.
Democrat Rep. John Galloway defeated Eric David by a large margin in Tuesday's election.
Shortly after finding out he was re-elected, State Rep. John Galloway was busy making plans for Wednesday. On his agenda: Getting back to work. “Come tomorrow, we’re going to get back to work to create jobs,” the Galloway said late Tuesday night. The state representative added his “idea is to work with Republicans, Democrats and independents to brings jobs back to the district.” Galloway won the race with roughly 73 percent of the vote. His opponent, Eric David, only received nearly 27 percent of ballots cast. In all, just over 24,000 votes were placed in the vote. David said he called Galloway just after 10:30 p.m. to concede the race after looking at the vote tabulations. “The campaign was a good building process and a learning …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
State Rep. Tina Davis was re-elected in the 141st legislative district.
State Rep. Tina Davis will continue to represent voters in the 141st legistative district. According Bucks County Elections, Davis received about 72.6 percent of the votes, or 17,600 votes. Davis was challenged by Anthony Sposato, a Levittown resident and Neshaminy School Board member. Sposato received 27.4 percent of the votes, or 6,653 votes. The 141st Legislative District encompasses portions of Bristol Township, Middletown Township, Bristol Township School District and Neshaminy School District. Davis, a Bristol Township resident, was first elected in 2010 to serve the 141st Legislative District. Prior to her election, Davis served as a councilwoman in Bristol and worked as a local real estate agent, according to her website. Sposato …
Larry Macy spent the day watching the polls in Bristol on Tuesday.
Democratic poll watcher Larry Macy spent much of Election Day standing in the gym of the Magic Cottage in Bristol Township. Around him, close to 100 people waited in a line to vote Tuesday morning. Macy, volunteering for the Democratic Party, is one of thousands of poll watchers who volunteered to ensure proper procedures are followed at polling places. All major political parities have poll watchers scattered throughout the nation. According to ABC News, "Democrats are worried about what they say are efforts to suppress the vote. Republicans fear instances of voter fraud." Many of the poll watchers were trained by teams of lawyers employed by both parities, the website reports. Just before noon, Macy said he did not run into any problems …
Patch caught up with Pa. Rep. Frank Farry who discussed local and national issues at the forefront of the election.
This election is not just about the presidential candidates, it's also about the local races and issues, said Pa. Rep. Frank Farry (R). In this election, Farry ran uncontested for the 142nd legislative district seat, which covers Lower Southampton and portions of Levittown. He was first elected to this position in 2008. Related Articles: Get Lower Southampton election news delivered to your inbox with Patch's free newsletter. Click here to sign up.
Election Day brought problems at polls in several areas of eastern Pennsylvania
EASTERN PA — Several reports of voting irregularities in Eastern Pennsylvania emerged on Tuesday, the day of the presidential election. In Easton, signs appeared offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to voter fraud convictions. A constable for Easton’s 10th ward removed one such sign staked into the ground after consulting with an elections attorney on site. The Pennsylvania Commercial Action Network, the same group that posted “Replace ObamaCare” billboards around the state, made the signs. ID Requests Many Easton voters also reported poll workers asking for their IDs, even though IDs are not required for this election cycle under the law. Matthew Keeler, press secretary for the PA Department of State, said that's part of the …
Turnout is key to who will win, all agree.
Voters lined up early this morning throughout the Levittown area this morning in order to beat what they expect to be long lines later on today. In Bristol Borough, officials are characterizing turnout as “strong and steady’ at all the polling all sites. Penny Yotter, an election official at the Ancient Order of the Hibernians site on Corson Street said there are no voting issues or problems to report and so far, everything has gone smoothly. Voter Terry McGovern, of Beaver St, hopes that once the results are in and finalized voters “…will live with the results…” Click here to see photos of polling places around Levittown Over at the Lower Bucks Senior Centers, on Wood Street, Robyn Turnell, vice president of the borough council said …