On Monday, May 11, 2020, something historic happened in Chester County.  For the first time, the number of registered Democrat voters surpassed the number of registered Republicans.  This feat is a reflection of both current voters switching their party registration to Democrat and an influx of new residents aligning with the party values espoused by county Democrats.  The #BlueWave has been slowly eroding the Republican stronghold in Chester County, and it is exciting to see the hard-fought progress through real, concrete numbers.

With only 14 days until the June 2nd primary, we must capitalize on this momentum and show our strength at the polls.  Ballots across Chester County include a strong mix of seasoned and new Democratic candidates; you can find more information about each of them at https://chescodems.org/2020-candidates/.
The following candidates are endorsed by the Kennett Area Democrats:
Chrissy Houlahan (U.S. 6th Congress); Josh Shapiro (Attorney General); Joe Torsella (Treasurer); Christina Hartman (Auditor General); Brett Burman (9th State Senate); Don Vymazal (19th State Senate); Christina Sappey (158th State Representative); and Anton Andrew (160th State Representative).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor and other officials have strongly encouraged all voters to vote by mail.  Registered voters must apply for an absentee or mail-in ballot by May 26th, and all vote by mail ballots must be returned by 8pm on the primary date.

Nevertheless, residents do still have the option to perform this essential service by voting in-person on June 2nd.  Chester County is taking steps to ensure the health and safety of both voters and poll workers by providing necessary personal protection equipment for every precinct and implementing procedures to maintain social distancing while signing-in and voting.  Keep in mind that changes to some polling places were necessary for senior centers and other venues that traditionally serve as polling locations.  Here are the KAD precincts that will be voting in different locations on June 2nd:

•    Avondale (010) 
Avondale Presbyterian Church,
420 Pennsylvania Avenue, Avondale
•    Kennett Square South-1 (310) –
Mary D. Lang Elementary School,
409 Center Street, Kennett Square
•    Kennett Township 3 (328) –
Greenwood Elementary School,
420 Greenwood Road, Kennett Square
•    East Marlborough West (360) –
Charles Patton Middle School,
760 Unionville Road, Kennett Square
•    Pennsbury North-1 (453) –
Chadds Ford Elementary School,
3 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford
•    Pennsbury South-2 (457) –
Pennsbury Township Building,
702 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford
•    Pocopson (530) –
Pocopson Elementary School,
1105 Pocopson Road, West Chester

The latest information is current as of Monday May 18th, but check your polling place before heading to the polls.

The Pennsylvania Department of State is also hosting weekly webinars to educate all voters about the changes they can expect to the election process and at the polls in 2020.  To be #ReadytoVote, you can register at:
https://www.votespa.com/readytovote/Pages/Ready-To-Vote-Webinars.aspx.

With so much of our lives upended by the pandemic, one of the things we CAN take control of is our right to vote.  Democracy endures despite social distancing and stay-at-home orders.  The fight to #FinishtheJob continues.  We have always had integrity and energy on our side.  Now, we also have the numbers.