Franklin Votes provides non-partisan voter resources for Franklin County, PA residents.
Ahead of the Primary Election on Tuesday, May 16, Franklin Votes provides voter resources for Franklin County residents. Franklin Votes is a non-partisan initiative driven by volunteers with a goal to increase voter turnout in our local communities. Residents can access up-to-date information about candidates that will appear on their ballot and more voter resources on the Franklin Votes website: franklinvotes.org.
Franklin Votes’ comprehensive and easy-to-use website includes resources to register to vote, check your registration status, apply to vote by mail, find your polling place, and explore election information. It is the only comprehensive resource sharing candidate information for Franklin County, PA. Candidates were all invited to submit a candidate statement. Voters can view submitted statements on the website to help them make informed voting decisions.
New this year is a toolkit for organizations who wish to encourage civic engagement among their employees, customers, clients, and more. The toolkit includes resources such as Primary FAQs, social media materials, and voter information flyers. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to utilize this resource to help spread awareness of voter information.
“It is extremely important to have local organizations and businesses share these voter resources, especially to help reach those with limited internet access or technology capabilities,” said Amy Weibley, a Franklin Votes committee member. “They have built relationships and trust with community members, so by sharing these non-partisan voter resources they can help more people actualize their right to vote and build civic engagement in our community.”
Why Vote in the Local Primary Election?
Primary elections, which take place in the spring, dictate which candidates from the two main parties are nominated to be on the ballot in the general election in November. Local elections take place every year to select elected officials, from school board members to commissioners, who make important decisions that impact the quality of our lives. Most local elections are decided by a few votes. Despite this, local government elections consistently bring a low voter turnout.
“The local and primary elections are where voters can have the biggest impact. I didn’t always appreciate that my local vote had the potential to drive change around things that impact my day-to-day life the most,” said Kim Crider, Board Member of the Franklin County Coalition for Progress (Franklin Votes is a program of FCCP). “I now make a point of voting at every local election to make sure that my voice is heard, and I encourage everyone to vote during every local election.”
Because turnout is lower for local elections, your vote can make even more of a difference. In 2021, only 28% of registered voters in Franklin County cast a ballot for the primary election. That means of the 98,134 registered voters in 2021, less than 1 in 3 people voted.
Franklin Votes aims to change that through building up the confidence of eligible voters and connecting them with non-partisan resources, so all citizens engage their right to vote.
Franklin Votes educates voters by providing the state, municipal, and county positions that are on the ballot and the candidates who are running for each position. The positions in this election cycle range from state judges to county commissioners to township supervisors and many other important elected positions. View the list of positions and candidates at franklinvotes.org/candidates.
There are still about 20% of adults in Franklin County who may be eligible to vote but are not registered, based on Franklin County’s population reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. That leaves an estimated 23,771 adults in Franklin County who could be using their right to vote, if only they would take the first step and register.
To vote in the upcoming Primary, you must register to vote by May 1, 2023. (NOTE: If you mail in your form, the county office must receive it by May 1.) You have until May 9 to request or re-apply for a mail-in ballot. Make your pledge to vote on May 16.
Remember, representatives are only representative of the people that vote. If you are dissatisfied by decisions or actions of elected leadership, the only way to make change is to vote. Conversely, if your values align with elected leadership it is important to vote so they continue to serve your community.
Get ready to vote on May 16th; Explore resources at franklinvotes.org.
Franklin Votes is a non-partisan initiative of the Franklin County Coalition for Progress, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Learn more and connect to resources at franklinvotes.org.