THE DEMOCRACY MOVEMENT IN Pennsylvania

MAKE AN IMPACT FOR DEMOCRACY

Democracy starts with each of us—and together, we can make a major impact when we speak up for what’s right. We know the ultimate power in a democracy is the people. We are powerful, fearless, ordinary Americans working together to build a democracy that works for us all.

Take action! Join in the democracy work of the organizations below:

FIND OUT HOW, WHERE, AND WHEN TO VOTE IN PENNSYLVANIA

A state-by-state database by Center for Secure and Modern Elections to make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.

VOLUNTEER AT THE POLLS IN PENNSYLVANIA

An online portal developed by the Fair Elections Center to share state by state information on poll worker requirements and applications for each state.

LEARN WHERE THE POLITICAL MONEY COMES FROM IN PENNSYLVANIA

A searchable database by Open Secrets with profiles showing you who’s making the big political contributions in your state, as well as where the money’s coming from.

LEARN HOW DEMOCRACY REFORMS BECOME LAW IN PENNSYLVANIA

Twenty-four states, including Pennsylvania, do not feature a process for citizen-led ballot initiatives. This means that a state legislator must sponsor a bill in order for it to be voted on to become law. This requires you to be in relationship with your state legislatures.  Some tactics used in these states to pressure on them to act are community powered lobbying, marching, and nonviolent civil disobedience.  LEARN MORE!

Pennsylvania DEMOCRACY REFORM AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL IS POSSIBLE TOO!

Learn more about H.R.1, the For the People Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in March 2019.

Urgent Action

HOW YOU CAN ADVOCATE FOR SAFE VOTING DURING THE 2020 PANDEMIC

Safe Voting Now is working to make sure no one is disenfranchised by this public health crisis — actively working with state governments and partners to watchdog how any changes will impact voters. Select your state or use the map below to demand Vote-by-Mail in your state!

 

Success Stories

Common Cause Pennsylvania Testifies on Needed Election Improvements

Rather self explanatory, this article details a testimony by Common Cause which advocates for voting by mail.

(FairDistricts PA) Growing Support for Redistricting Reform

Another list, this time documenting the growing support for Fair District PA’s efforts. The article tracks their growth in 2019 and the progress that has been made as a result.

(March on Harrisburg) After years of pressure from advocates, state House advances gift ban.

After years of pressure from advocates, leaders in Pennsylvania’s GOP-controlled state House are indicating they might be willing to substantially tighten the law governing legislative gifts.