LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF LEHIGH COUNTY


This website provides
you with information on voting and candidates in Lehigh County, how to contact elected officials, public forums, hot topics meetings, links to local, state and federal governments.

Links take you to a non-partisan a Voter's Guide and a Government Directory of locally elected officials.

We are a member of several issue-related coalitions. At present, redistricting reform is our highest priority.

Please feel free to contact us at lwvlehigh@yahoo.com for additional information, to join the League, or to receive a copy of the current newsletter, the Lehigh County Voter.

Members of a local League are also members of the League of Women Voters of the United States (www.lwv.org) and the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (www.PALWV.org)

For information on joining: Lehigh County membership.

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* VOTERS' GUIDE MUNICIPAL ELECTION 2017 *

Voters Guide for the 2017 Municipal Election

VOTERS' GUIDE FOR THE 2017 PRIMARY ELECTION

UPCOMING EVENTS

Plan to attend our monthly !Hot Topics! discussion meetings at lunchtime
on the second Monday of the month.

November 13, 11:30 a.m., Superior Restaurant, Emmaus.

Topic: Review of the Municipal Election with
Bill White of The Morning Call

For reservations, email lwvlehigh@yahoo.com by Thursday, November 9.


Check out the Fair Districts PA website

 


Northampton County LWV Forum for
Northampton County Council candidates

 

* ELECTION 2017 *


This year is a Municipal Election year.

For dates and deadlines affecting the 2017 elections,
check our election calendar.

October 31 is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot, but don't wait that long. Do it soon so the office has plenty of time to send you the ballot.

List of candidates on the November ballot in Lehigh County.

Wondering about the responsibilities of your elected officials in Lehigh County?
Here is a brief outline.

 


 

PA constitutional amendment

This question will be on the November 7 ballot:

"Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to permit the General Assembly to enact legislation authorizing local taxing authorities to exclude from taxation up to 100 percent of the assessed value of each homestead property with a local taxing jurisdiction, rather than limit the exclusion to one-half of the median assessed value of all homestead property, which is the existing law."

This amendment modifies the constitutional requirement that all commercial property and homes be treated the same and it would be a first step in any effort to eliminate property taxation for homeowners altogether.

The amendment does not by itself eliminate property taxes, it merely authorizes the House of Representatives to enact implementing legislation giving local taxing authorities—county, municipal and/or school—the option to do so.

Revenue from any property taxes eliminated in this manner must be made up through other means.

Any alternative tax scheme requiring increases in income taxes and/or sales taxes would necessarily benefit senior citizens living on fixed incomes whose earning days are behind them while putting much more of the tax burden on young working families and in the case of a sales tax increase, on the poor.

Proponents say the amendment would the first step in changing the system so that an inability to pay property taxes could never again result in the loss of homes that people have worked their whole lives to pay for.

Opponents say that the amendment allows taxing authorities to replace a stable tax source (property) with unstable ones (income and sales taxes) that fluctuate with the economy and could be subject to legislative manipulation. Additionally, opponents fear that allowing districts to eliminate property taxation could lead to a loss of local control of education and to a significantly diminishing commitment to public education.


We have two copies remaining of our updated workbook for candidates
running in local elections. These are prepared specifically for local candidates who do not hire consultants for their election campaigns.
They are $25 a copy (below our cost) and shipping is $5.

If  you want one, please send a check for $30 made out to LWVLC.
The address is PO Box 3275, Allentown, PA 18106.

You may also download the workbook and
print out the pages most useful to you.

(Candidates in 2017, click here)

 

GOVERNMENT DIRECTORY

Government Directory of Federal and State Officials serving Lehigh County

(2017 edition)

This is available as a free brochure in libraries and community centers.

Print your own copies.

To find your local officials:

Lehigh County

School Districts


Our Election Policy

Thank you to The Morning Call for continuing support
of our non-partisan, twice-yearly Voters' Guide.


Reminder: The League of Women Voters helps people register to vote, but we DO NOT maintain the lists of registered voters.
If you have a problem with your registration, contact the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office at 610-782-3194.

NEW! For eighteen-year-olds and new citizens: How to register and vote. English (pdf)  Spanish (pdf)

Information on registering and voting in Pennsylvania is at www.votespa.com

Lehigh County Democratic Committee

Lehigh County Republican Committee

How to register to vote

Absentee Ballots

Election FAQs

Lehigh County Polling Places

Lehigh County website

Northampton County website

TOPICAL INTEREST

REDISTRICTING REFORM

Every ten years, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania redraws electoral boundaries after results of the decennial census are tabulated.

Will this be done in a way that is transparent, impartial, and fair to the voters? Or will we continue to see gerrymandered districts that preserve safe seats for legislators?

Learn more at www.fairdistrictspa.com
 


VOTER ID in PENNSYLVANIA
 

Identification must be provided by those voting for the first time in a polling place. if you are voting for the first time, or if you have moved and are voting for the first time in a different polling place, you must have some form of identification.

It does not have to be a photo ID, but it must include your current name and address.

See www.votespa.com for more information for first-time voters. The Lehigh County Voter Registration Office has very useful information for all voters.


Session dates for the Pennsylvania State Assembly

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How much do they earn?

For information on how much Pennsylvania state employees earn, use this database.

WHAT'S UP?

What's happening in Harrisburg?

Session dates for the Pennsylvania State Assembly,
 

Visit the Pennsylvania Sate Assembly:

Pennsylvania State House of Representatives

 
Pennsylvania State Senate

What's happening in Washington?

How did my Senator/Member of Congress vote?

Visit the U.S. Congress:
Senate

House of Representatives

 

Who is giving to whom?

Pennsylvania Democratic Senators' website
Pennsylvania Republican Senators' website

National Conference of State Legislatures
 

Need to research a bill? Try Thomas

 

ISSUES

Alliance for Sustainable Communities, Lehigh Valley

RenewLV
(advocates for Smart Growth and efficient governance in the Lehigh Valley)

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

Lehigh Valley Return on Environment report (2014)

2005 State Lend Use and Growth Management Report
(from the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association)

Natural Lands Trust

Verified Voting main page

Voting Rights

Early Voting in Pennsylvania

"Fair Vote"

Campaign Finance Reform

Size of state legislatures
(number of districts; population in each district)

Campaign Legal Center

Crude Oil Transport
 

                   WATER ISSUES

A good place to start learning about water
issues is the
Water Resources Education Network of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania.

Also try these sites:

Environmental Protection Agency
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Delaware River Basin Commission
Wildlands Conservancy

Sierra Club

 

How to contact us

League of Women Voters, Lehigh County
P.O. Box 3275, Allentown, PA 18106

610-432-1456
lwvlehigh@yahoo.com
League of Women Voters, Northampton County
P.O. Box 523, Bethlehem, PA  18016

 
610-252-1339
lwvnorthco@yahoo.com

http://lwvnorthco.org
State Office
226 Forster Street,
Harrisburg, PA 17102-3220
(717) 234-1576
www.palwv.org; info@palwv.org
LWVPA Hotline 1-800-564-6598
National Office
1730 M Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036-4508

 

(202) 429-1965
www.lwv.org

 

 
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