Here's a special message from Philadelphia's election watchdog group. The Committee of Seventy:
We're a week away from the November 3 election, and although our elections are not as competitive as we'd like, there's plenty you can do to positively impact Philadelphia in the week leading up to the vote, including:
1.) Help us better understand your voting experience: When Seventy was organized in 1904, our primary goal was to protect and improve the voting process. We've come a long way since, then but we still need to look for irregularities and ways to improve the experience of voting. When we field calls on our 877-SEVENTY voter assistance hotline, it's often difficult to separate fact from fiction. For that reason, for the first time we're asking for your help in filling out a short survey to give us a sense of your own voting experience, good, bad, or ugly. We'll update you closer to election-day, but for now, here's the link we hope you'll use AFTER you vote. The survey will take no more than 2 minutes, and it will help Seventy shape its election education programs for 2016.
2.) Spread the word: We're going to share information with you over the coming days on the upcoming elections, including background on all the candidates and ballot questions and what you need to know when you go to your polling place. Help us spread the word by sharing this info with your friends and family. One easy way to do that is by using the tool created by our partner, Crowdpac, which makes all of Seventy's research on candidates, their positions, endorsements, and where their support comes from accessible in a simple format. We're also excited that you can create your own ballot which you can use to guide your voting or share with your friends and family, which beats guessing or depending on a party ballot. We hope you'll try it.
3.) Support Seventy: Seventy is entirely funded by charitable contributions, which helps us stay independent as an advocate for better politics and better government. Please consider supporting our work with a donation during this election season so we can keep working to improve Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.
We're looking forward to keeping you updated through this election season, and thanks again for your interest and support of Seventy,
The Committee of Seventy