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Where to vote if you are registered in Horsham Township

The Montgomery County Department of Voters Services has a fast and easy way to locate the place where you should vote. Click on the Where do I vote? link to surf to a page that asks you for your name and birthdate. It will tell you the location of your official polling place. You can also get map directions to the building where the polling place is located.

Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson ruled on October 2, 2012 that implementation of Pennsylvania's new law requiring Photo ID at the polling place effective with the November 2012 General Election is to be put on hold. Pennsylvania voters may be asked to show their photo ID, but no voter will be required to vote using a provisional ballot if they do not have an acceptable photo ID. Neverthless, the new legislation requiring that Pennsylvania voters present an acceptable form of Photo ID when coming to the poll to vote may be enforced in future elections. The Montgomery County Voter Services office has provided a flyer explaining the new requirements and describing the types of ID that are acceptable. Click this link to view the: Voter ID Law information.

The Montgomery County Commissioners announced that the county will issue free photo IDs that meet all requirements of the new law to any Montgomery County resident. For more information, link to their press release at Montgomery County Voter ID Procedure.

You can telephone the Montgomery County Voter Services/Election Board office at (610) 278-3275 if you would like further clarification of any voter ID procedures. You can also contact the Pennsylvania Department of State at 1-877-votespa (1-877-868-3772) for information about the voter ID requirements.

Publications

Books:

call number: YA 324.72 KLEE. Volunteering for a political Campaign by Sheila Klee.

call number: YA 361.3 KIELBURGER. Take Action: a Guide to Active Citizenship by Marc and Craig Kielburger.

call number: 172.4 IGNATIEFF. The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror by Michael Ignatieff.

Websites & Electronic Resources

Votes PA: The Pennsylvania Department of State has created a website called http://votespa.com/. This site has information about the upcoming election. In particular, voters can get assistance in learning how to use the voting machines in their area, can download registration and absentee ballot applications, and can find out about registration deadlines, voting for the first time, and other useful information.

IssuesPA: An initiative of the Pennsylvania Economy League, supported by grant funds from the Pew Charitable Trusts and the William Penn Foundation. It seeks to present credible, current, non-partisan information about the 2006 Pennsylvania Governor's race and features polls and questionnaires, candidates' position statements, in-depth analysis, podcasts, and voter information.

Project Vote Smart: provides a comprehensive database about thousands of candidates and elected officials for President, Congress, Governors and State Legislators. Project Vote Smart covers candidates and elected officials in these basic categories: 1) background and contact information; 2) issue positions; 3) voting record; 4) campaign finances; and 5) interest group ratings by over 100 groups across the ideological spectrum.

Don't Vote: a voter education website sponsored by AARP, the American Association for Retired Persons, which encourages voters not to vote until they know where candidates stand on the issues.

Annenberg Political Fact Check: a nonpartisan, nonprofit, "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce deception and confusion in U.S. politics by monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.

Flack Check: This sister website is a video-based counterpart to APPC’s award-winning FactCheck.org. FlackCheck uses parody and humor to debunk false political advertising, poke fun at extreme language, and hold the media accountable for their reporting on political campaigns. FlackCheck.org is funded by an endowment provided by the Annenberg Foundation to support the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics and by a grant from the Omidyar Network.

League of Women Voters of Montgomery County. This website for the Montgomery County Leage of Women Voters has links to local League groups within the County, information about upcoming elections and an on-line Voters Guide to local elections, candidates, and ballot information.

Rock the Vote: Rock the Vote is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, founded in 1990. It engages youth in the political process by incorporating the entertainment community and youth culture into its activities. The goal of Rock the Vote’s media campaigns and street team activities is to increase youth voter turnout.

Federal Voting Assistance Program: provides U.S. citizens worldwide a broad range of non-partisan information and assistance to enable them to register and vote by absentee ballot - regardless of where they work or live. Geared especially for armed forces personnel and their families, merchant mariners, and Federal employees posted in overseas locations.

On the Issues: "Every Political leader on every issue." This not-for-profit organization gathers information daily from newspapers, speeches, press releases, and the Internet. It documents the positions espoused by major and minor candidates on a wide range of issues.

Public Agenda. Founded by social scientist and author Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in 1975, Public Agenda's two-fold mission is to help: 1) American leaders better understand the public's point of view, and 2) Citizens know more about critical policy issues so they can make thoughtful, informed decisions.

The Green papers: a non-partisan web site dedicated to the dissemination of facts, figures, tidbits and commentary on the election campaigns leading ultimately to the General Election.

PollingReport.Com: presents data from national probability-sample surveys of the American public, updated whenever new polls are released.

Opensecrets.org: "Your Guide to the Money in U.S. Elections." This website is sponsored by the Center for Responsive Politics, a non-partisan, non-profit research group based in Washington, D.C. that tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy.

Election Statistics from the Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Since 1920, the Clerk of the House has collected and published the official vote counts for federal elections from the official sources among the various states and territories.


Organizations

Federal Election Commission: an independent regulatory agency whose mission is to disclose campaign finance information, to enforce the provisions of the Federal Election Campaign Act (such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions), and to oversee the public funding of Presidential elections.
address: 999 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20463.
Tel: (800) 424-9530; For the hearing impaired, TTY (202) 219-3336.

Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation, Pennsylvania Department of State: oversees the Commonwealth’s electoral process as well as Campaign Finance, Voter Registration, Office of Notary Public, Commissions and Legislation.
address: 210 N. Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120.
Tel: (717) 787-5280. Email: BCEL email; Voter Registration email.

Montgomery County Voter Services Office: the office that handles voter registration, electronic voting machine storage and maintenance, and setting up elections (including creating ballots, coordinating the tabulation of results, certifying results, and managing political campaign expense reports).
address: One Montgomery Plaza, Norristown, PA 19401.
Tel: Voter Registration (610) 278-3280, Election Board (610) 278-3275.

Commission on Presidential Debates was established in 1987. Its primary purpose is to sponsor and produce debates for the United States leading presidential and vice presidential candidates and to undertake research and educational activities relating to the debates.
address: 1200 New Hampshire, N.W., Box 445, Washington, DC 20036.

The League of Women Voters: a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
address: 1730 M Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036-4508.
Tel: (202) 429-1965; Fax: (202) 429-0854. Email: lwv@lwv.org.

 
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