Philadelphia Satellite Election Offices

Philadelphia City Commissioners today announced a series of Satellite Election Offices to open on September 29th with other sites to be added “on a rolling basis, as properly trained staff becomes available”, according to a notice posted on the City Commissioners website.

All the offices would be open 7 days a week, starting September 29th, remaining open through Election Day. The hours of operation are as follows: 11:30am to 6:30pm, Monday through Thursday and 9:30am to 4:30pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

At these Satellite Election Offices a citizen would be able to: register to vote, request a ballot, complete a ballot, return their mail-in voted ballot – all during one visit.

Region/Location/Address/Zip

1 Center City City Hall Room 140 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd 19107
2 Far Northeast George Washington High School 10175 Bustleton Ave 19116
3 North The Liacouras Center 1776 N Broad St 19121
4 Northwest Roxborough High School 6498 Ridge Ave 19128
5 Southwest Tilden Middle School 6601 Elmwood Ave 19142
6 Upper North Julia De Burgos Elementary 401 W Lehigh Ave 19133
7 West Overbrook Elementary School 2032 N 62Nd St 19151

BillyPenn published a news story a few days ago with a great map of proposed locations.

The locations listed above are published on a page of the Office of the Philadelphia City Commissioners.

Pennsylvania Voter Engagement Resources

The set of voter engagement links below was created on behalf of Philadelphia’s 22nd Ward Open Caucus in preparation for an online voter engagement webinar, titled, “Block by Block: Voter Engagement for Committee People and Block Captains” to be held today. See details below.

PA Online Voter Registration Application
Description: The preferred voter registration method but you must have either a PA Driver’s License or a PennDOT ID. Allows you to register to vote, change of address, name change.

Voter Registration Application – Paper Version
Description: Paper form to register, change address, name. Paper applications are also available in other languages.

Mail-in & Absentee Ballots Online Application
Description: Options: 1) apply online, 2) download paper application, 3) call Board of Elections. Problems? Call 215-686-1509.

Application for Mail-in Ballot – Paper Version
Description: Hardcopy paper application.

Find Your Voter Registration Status
Description: Search for your voter registration status with your name, Penn DOT Driver’s License or Penn DOT ID. Enter county, zipcode, DOB.

Find Your Polling Place
Description: Enter your residence address, assuming you are registered at that address. Otherwise, check your status using, “Find Your Voter Registration Status”. Problem? Call 833-728-6837 (833-PAVOTES).

“What’s In The Mail?” – How to Complete a Pennsylvania Mail-in Ballot – YouTube
Description: Step-by-step instructions on what you will receive with your mail-in ballot; how to complete and return your voted ballot.

Track Your Ballot Status
Description: To track the status of your application or ballot enter your name, DOB and county.

Voter Application Status
Description: To check on the status of your online voter registration application include your application number, name, DOB.

Are You Ready To Vote?
Description: A great landing page! Includes a link to Ready to Vote Toolkit with a treasure chest of social media goodies.

Stay tuned for other material to be shared at the Block by Block event.

Voter Engagement Weblinks

Here are voter engagement links I’ve been collecting since March and keeping on a sheet of paper.

Vote.org
A registered nonprofit organization. “Find everything you need to vote in our state election centers.”

When We All Vote
Michelle Obama is one of the co-chairs.

Outvote
Join campaigns, find allies, take action. Download the app.

Philly We Rise
A resource for individuals and organizations.

FairmountVotes.com
FairmountVotes harnesses the volunteer power of neighbors in Fairmount, Francisville, Spring Garden and Brewerytown to increase voter turnout and build a more informed electorate.

Vote Tripling PAC
A Los Angeles-based nonprofit research organization that designs, tests & disseminates free behavioral science-based tactics that spark non-activists to get 3 friends to vote. They simply invent free tactics that amplify the voices of ordinary Americans. Vote Tripling is a pledge to get 3 friends to vote. Site for progressives only.

HeadCount
A non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy.

PADems Voting Center
A page with link to their Voter Protection Toolkit and their Voter Assistance Hotline 833-728-6837 (833-PAVOTES)

22nd Ward Open Caucus
It aims to strengthen and energize the Democratic Party by promoting transparency and democratic processes within the Ward; engaging in political action to increase voter information, registration, and turnout; and facilitating the exchange of skills and knowledge among committeepeople.

Office of the City Commissioners
Includes a link to download Vote From Home Flyer and tons of other useful information.

I Will Vote
Has a simple screen so you can make sure you’re registered to vote, then choose how you’re going to vote this year or call their voter hotline.

apps.philadelphiavotes.com
A quick link to apply for a PA mail-in ballot.

Shape Up the Vote
A non-partisan campaign to turn out the vote in 2020 by activating barbershops as voter engagement hubs in their communities.

Rock the Vote
The experts for registering young voters, since 1990.

Turn PA Blue
Actively working to turn the Pennsylvania State Legislature blue, district by district.

Vote for Homes Coalition
Since 1999, Vote for Homes! has registered more than 16,000 voters and mobilized thousands to vote.

Indivisible: NW Philly A local organization formed to resist Trump’s authoritarian agenda.

The Poll Worker Caucus This group is for poll workers and others who work to support the election and voting process in polling sites in Philadelphia and Southeast Pennsylvania.

Northwest Poll Workers Caucus A non-partisan space for poll workers in Northwest Philadelphia to gather and proactively identify and advocate for best practices in preparation for the November 2020 General Election.

NJ SHARES Op-Ed

New Jersey residents shouldn’t have to pick between paying for medicine or their energy bill

By Cheryl Stowell

As New Jersey begins the process of re-opening due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are starting to recognize the unavoidable economic challenges many of our residents will undoubtedly face. In addition to being a major public health threat, the coronavirus has brought an unprecedented economic crisis and recession, wreaking havoc on all parts of the state. Data released by the New Jersey Department of Labor shows that since the COVID-19 pandemic began, 1.4 million jobless claims have been filed and the state’s unemployment rate has reached historic levels of 16.2%.

In these uncertain, unstable times, it is critically important that individuals and families experiencing financial difficulties have the appropriate resources they can turn to in their times of need.

It has long been recognized that low- and moderate-income communities struggle disproportionately in dealing with energy costs. According to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Residential Consumption Survey, one in three U.S. households face challenges when paying energy bills or adequately heating or cooling their homes. One in five forgo necessities like food and medicine to pay energy bills, forcing difficult tradeoffs that impact the household’s well-being.

The decisions made by New Jersey’s regulated utilities placing moratoriums on the suspension of utility services and collections of utility bill payments have been critically helpful for our residents. However, utility bill debt continues to mount for some, leaving them with difficult decisions about cooling their homes, purchasing medication, or even putting food on their tables.

With a mission of helping low- to moderate-income households address their energy insecurity issues during times of emergency or crisis, New Jersey SHARES (NJ SHARES) was established 22 years ago to provide statewide help and referral for essential services to those in temporary need of assistance. Our organization has helped keep the power on for more than 187,000 New Jersey households, granting more than $75 million in energy assistance.

Now, the cries for help are louder than ever.

With New Jersey’s tremendous budget deficit, our state’s leaders face enormous economic challenges. These challenges will only be amplified once moratoriums are lifted and utility customers are faced with staggering arrearages. Financial insecurities will also be exacerbated by mounting utility bill debt and the threat of disconnection.

We all must work together to ease the burden on New Jersey residents who have been hardest hit by the pandemic and find creative paths toward the resources required to aid in our collective recovery. NJ SHARES is committed to doing its part in these efforts.

As a nonprofit operating during difficult times, NJ SHARES is also facing our own challenges due to COVID-19 but remains firmly dedicated to assisting residents in need. We continue to identify critical funding sources and aggressively pursue them while utilizing existing funds to help those facing temporary hardships. Additionally, we look toward the on-going support of corporations and the generosity of individuals who help us Offer Hope and Deliver Help.

To quote Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” The staff at NJ SHARES will continue to do what we can to help our fellow New Jerseyans struggling with temporary hardships in paying their utility bills. Every little bit helps.

Cheryl Stowell is the president and CEO of NJ SHARES. The above opinion article appeared in the July 27, 2020 edition of nj.com.

Disclaimer: I am a founding member of NJ SHARES. Please donate what you can.