Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The Bucks County Democrats took home the night's biggest prize, but the Republican Committee had its own victories at the polls.
By 11:15 p.m. Tuesday night, the re-election of President Barack Obama was not completely official, but Ann Marie Jordan felt pretty good after seeing the results of one of the major battleground states. "When Fox News called Ohio for Obama, I knew we had it," said Jordan, a volunteer neighborhood team leader for Obama's Bucks County re-election campaign. Not long after, the news networks began making their calls that Obama had earned a second term as Jordan's team of volunteers gathered at their headquarters on Main Street in Doylestown began celebrating the victorious night. "It was the same boots on the ground effort we had in 2008 that helped him win tonight in Pennsylvania and the country," Jordan said. "All of our volunteers worked …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Students in Pre-K through twelfth grade were able to cast a vote at several polling locations as part of Kids Vote.
Several polling places throughout Northampton Township hosted Kids Vote to give students the chance to experience an election. "It makes it feel more official for them," Parent Volunteer Donna Tetreault said of the experience. As of 6 p.m., 121 children voted at the township administration building while 96 voted at the Senior Center. Ohev Shalom and several other polling places held Kids Vote as well. Did you take your kids to the polls with you? Tell us in the comments.
Residents have experienced wait times of 10 to 40 minutes to vote in Northampton Township.
Wait times for residents wanting to vote have varied throughout Northampton Township. While there wasn't much of a wait at the Senior Center or the township administration building this morning or afternoon, some residents have said they've waited up to 40 minutes to cast a vote. "I waited 30 minutes around 9:30 a.m. at the Northampton Volunteer Fire Station on New Road," Sheri Slack Secules said. "I would have gladly waited hours if it means lots of people are voting and that everyone is wanting their voice to be heard." The wait at Advent Lutheran Church, where Northampton's first district votes, was about 30 minutes this morning when the polls opened, according to Molly Sypek. So far, the longest wait that Patch has heard about was 40 …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Northampton Township's polling places were not affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The 18 polling places throughout Northampton Township remain the same, according to the Bucks County Board of Elections website. Last week's storm postponed delivery of many voting machines since roads were impassable, so Bucks County is still trying to make sure polling places are ready for tomorrow's election. Deena Dean, Director of Bucks County Board of Elections and Registration said she isn't sure what Election Day will look like. Dean and election officials held a special meeting at 1 p.m. to determine which polling locations need to be changed and which are ready for tomorrow. Some polling locations throughout Bucks County had to be changed because of last week's storm, but no changes had to be made in Northampton Township. …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
The Republican candidate for president drew a large crowd to tonight's rally at Shady Brook Farm in Lower Makefield.
With less than 48 hours until polls open in Pennsylvania, Republican candidate Mitt Romney made a stop in Bucks County, drawing an estimated 25,000 supporters to Shady Brook Farm. Supporters braved cold temperatures and long lines to hear the former Massachusetts governor speak. Campaign officials said 35,000 tickets to the event were reserved online in advance. The crowd was estimated to be around 25,000. Governor Tom Corbett introduced Romney. Senator Pat Toomey and Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick also spoke. Were you there? Upload your photos. Related Content: Thousands Brave Lines, Cold to Cheer Romney
Friday, November 2, 2012
Mitt Romney will hold a rally at Shady Brook Farm Sunday, just two days before the presidential election.
Bucks County is preparing to be in the political limelight just two days before the presidential election. Mitt Romney announced Thursday that he will hold a rally at Shady Brook Farm in Lower Makefield Township. It’s the latest indication that Romney believes he has a shot to win Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes on Nov. 6. Shady Brook Farm General Manager Dave Fleming said the whole thing happened “very quickly.” He said the Romney campaign approached him two days ago inquiring if the farm would be available for a rally. Fleming agreed and Shady Brook was added to a list of six locations being considered for the Philadelphia-area rally. Fleming said he first found out Shady Brook Farm was selected as the preferred location through …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Local readers discuss Oct. 3 debate in Bucks and Montgomery.
When Wendy Larson arrived to watch Wednesday night's presidential debate at Ann's Choice in Warminster, she had already decided on voting for incumbent President Barack Obama. "I made up my mind after the conventions," said Larson. "When I saw the Republicans, I didn't think they represented me." Ninety minutes later, Larson found herself back on the fence over how she will cast her ballot on Nov. 6. "Romney acquitted himself well," she said. "He showed he has more experience in dealing with the country's problems." Judging by the real time reactions posted by Patch users in Bucks and Montgomery counties during last night's liveblog of the debate, the general consensus is that Romney won the first of three scheduled debates between the …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The photo IDs can be used at the polls in November.
Bucks County Community College announced today that it will offer current students photo IDs that can be used at the polls this November. While Pennsylvania's new voter ID law is still being tossed about in the courts, the college's iniative will ensure all current students have the necessary photo identification needed to cast their ballot. Under the new law, an acceptable form of identification is a current student ID from an accredited state public or private institution of higher learning as long as it contains the student's name, photo and a current expiration date. BCCC's standard student identification does not currently have a photo or expiration date, explained spokeswoman Jean Dolan. But to prepare students for the election, …
Bucks County Community College student IDs cannot be used at the polls because they don't have a photo or expiration date.
While Pennsylvania's new voter ID law is still being tossed about in the courts (Judge Robert Simpson has scheduled a hearing today in response to a state Supreme Court ruling last week), community activists, agencies and even local governments are scrambling to make sure registered voters have the necessary ID. One of those approved forms of photo ID is a current student ID from an accredited state public or private institution of higher learning as long as it contains the student's name, photo and a current expiration date. While most colleges and universities issue student IDs, not all are in compliance with the new law. According to PennPIRG, a state consumer advocacy group, the most common missing element is an expiration date. Bucks…
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Will this decision stick? Both sides had said they would appeal this ruling.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson upheld Pennsylvania’s controversial Voter ID law, but that’s not the end of the story. At the conclusion of the hearing, both sides said they would appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court if they lost. In this case, the loser is American Civil Liberties Union legal director Vic Walczak. He told The Washington Post that the case isn't over. “It’s why they make appeals courts.” Do you agree with the verdict? Leave a comment. The ACLU and the NAACP claim voter ID laws disenfranchises voters, especially the elderly, the poor and minorities. Proponents of voter ID laws, including State Senator Daryl Metcalfe (R-12th District) who introduced the Pennsylvania bill, say the law is meant to prevent voter …