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Tera Yingling’s Professionalism Falsely Maligned on Social Media

During this election season approximately 40 volunteers have reached out to over 8,000 voters in a personal letter campaign.  Tera Yingling is one of these volunteers.  Unfortunately, people on a social media platform started to suggest that Tera used her position as Physician’s Assistant at the New Paris Rural Health Clinic to get addresses for her letter recipients.  THIS IS ABSOLUTELY FALSE.

There were 17 batches of letters generated in our mail campaign, and all of the addresses for these letters were obtained through resources available to the Bedford County Democratic Party.

The FACT is that our voting information is part of the public record, and any political organization or campaign can obtain it from the Pennsylvania Department of State.  The list includes our names, addresses, age, party registration, phone numbers, school district, voting history, and more.  Note, this list tells whether we voted.  Nobody can tell how we vote.  

You start by going to the PA Dept of State at 

https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/purchasepafullvoterexport.aspx

You will see a message like the one below.:

PA Full Voter Export
As provided by 25 Pa.C.S. Section 1404(b)(1) (relating to Public Information Lists), as well as the SURE Regulations at 4 Pa. Code Section 184.14(b) (relating to Public Information Lists), the Department of State will provide the Full Voter Export List to requestors.
This version of the Public Information List is a full export of all voters in the county and contains the following fields: voter ID number, name, sex, date of birth, date registered, status (i.e., active or inactive), date status last changed, party, residential address, mailing address, polling place, date last voted, all districts in which the voter votes (i.e., congressional, legislative, school district, etc.), voter history, and date the voter’s record was last changed.
The cost of the Full Voter Export list is 20.00. Upon successful payment an email will be sent to the provided email address.
This data is current as of 10/26/2020 and will be refreshed on 11/02/2020 at midnight. 

The purchaser must affirm the following.

AFFIRMATION
I affirm that any information obtained from the records requested from the Department of State will not be used for commercial or other purposes, except purposes related to elections, political activities and law enforcement, as required by 25 Pa.C.S. sections 1207(b) & 1404(c)(2). I further affirm that I will not publish any of the above lists on the Internet, as such publication is prohibited by 4 Pa. Code sections 183.13 (g) & 183.14 (k).
I verify that this statement is true and correct. I understand that false statements made are subject to the penalties of 18 Pa.C.S. Section 4904, relating to unsworn falsification to authorities.
By submitting this form I understand that I am entering into an electronic transaction with the Pennsylvania Department of State as defined under 73 P.S. section 2260.301(b). By entering my name below I am submitting my signature electronically, which I recognize has the full legal effect and enforceability as a “wet” signature under 73 P.S. section 2260.301. 
https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/purchasepafullvoterexport.aspx



Simple Instructions for Returning Your Mail-in Ballot



President Trump is the Source of Much Misinformation about Mail In Voting. Here are the Facts.

The Pennsylvania Legislature passed Act 77 of 2019, and it was signed into law on October 31, 2019. The law created no excuse mail in voting for Pennsylvania voters. Previously, the only mail in voting available in Pennsylvania was absentee ballot voting where the voter needed to provide a reason they could not vote in person.

How does mail in voting work?

  • You request a mail in ballot from the Pennsylvania Department of State or your County Elections Office. (More information is provided below.)
  • If you request a mail in ballot, it will be sent to you in the mail.
  • If you prefer, you can go to the Bedford County Elections Office on the third floor of the Bedford County Courthouse Building at 200 South Juliana Street, Bedford. You can complete and submit your application in person, wait for it to be processed, and receive your mail in ballot in person.
  • You get to safely and comfortably complete your ballot in the privacy of your own home.
  • You place your ballot in a privacy envelope that is provided to protect your identity.
  • You place the privacy envelope in a postage paid return envelope which includes your signature.
  • You can return your ballot by mail or at a dropbox designated by your County Board of Elections. (Note: at this time the PA Legislature is attempting to remove the dropbox option.) In Bedford County the dropbox will be at the Bedford County Courthouse area, 200 South Juliana Street, Bedford. You cannot deposit ballots for others. The dropbox will be under video surveillance. YOU CANNOT RETURN YOUR MAIL IN BALLOT AT YOUR POLLING PLACE.
  • The signature on your return envelope is checked against county records at the courthouse the same way it is checked when you vote in person.
  • You can track your ballot at https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/BallotTracking.aspx The site will tell you when your application was received, when your ballot is sent, and when your ballot has been received at the courthouse.
  • Your vote will be counted at the courthouse in the presence of representatives of both parties.
  • You can’t vote twice. If you receive a mail in ballot, you CANNOT vote at the polls. Those who requested a mail-in or absentee ballot WILL be listed in the poll book. However, it will note their mail-in or absentee status. If the status is “mail-in/absentee ballot sent,” voters may vote a provisional ballot at the polls. If the status is “mail-in/absentee ballot received”, the voter may not vote at the polls as their vote has already been cast.

How to Apply for a Mail In Ballot

  • All eligible Pennsylvania voters can use mail in ballots. Since mail in voting is available to all registered Pennsylvania voters, absentee ballots are no longer necessary, but they are retained because absentee ballots are part of the Pennsylvania Constitution.
  • In Pennsylvania, you must apply for a mail in ballot from the Department of State or your County Elections Office. Ballots are NOT automatically sent to everyone. Rumors that multiple ballots are being sent to the same person or dead people are false. Other organizations are permitted to send ballot applications, but the voter must submit the application and will receive only one ballot.
  • If you’re a voter with a valid PA Driver’s License or PennDOT ID number, you may apply with the online form at the Department of State, https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/.

    If you do not have a PA Driver’s License or PennDOT ID number, you will need a paper ballot application. You can download the application at the Department of State site or at https://www.bedfordcountypa.org/departments/elections/election_applications.php, or pick up an application in person at the Bedford County Elections Office, at 200 South Juliana Street, Bedford, PA.

    Once your application is completed, you can return it by mail or in person to your County Board of Elections.

    Office of Elections and Voter Registration:
    200 South Juliana Street
    Bedford, PA 15522
  • Whether you apply to the PA Department of State or your county elections office, your ballot will be sent to you by your county elections office.

Other Facts About Mail In Voting

  • You can vote as soon as your receive your ballot in the mail.
  • Your signature will be checked against courthouse records when your ballot is received. In Bedford County, voters are contacted directly if there appears to be a discrepancy between the signatures on the application and the voter registration file.
  • Mail in ballots will be counted starting at 7:00 a.m. on election day at the courthouse.  Representatives of the two major parties will be represented.

The information on this page is accurate on September 6, 2020. If you have any corrections, send us a message.


Special Event, 6:30  Tuesday, February 25

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The Bedford County Democrats are proud to host “The Black Teacher”, an interactive lecture aimed at opening us up to conversations that might lead to a decline of the divisive climate we find our country and our county in.

Dr. Garnell Washington will present a free lecture open to the public aimed at discovering and sharing the stories of enslaved persons and the legacy of racism in southwestern PA.

The event will be held at the Bedford American Legion on February 25th. Doors open at 6:30. Light refreshments will be served.


Fan Giveaway a Big Success

Last summer, Bedford County Democrats provided a total of 177 fans, at no cost, to seniors and families in need. Thanks to all who donated and Bedford True Value for making this possible.


Free Fans for Older Adults

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Fall 2019 Municipal Election

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The November 5, 2019 election will in

clude statewide races to fill two judge positions on the Superior Court, and many local elections.  Of particular interest are the races for

County Commissioner

We have two candidates running for County Commissioner.  Deb Baughman and Candi Bussard.

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  • Candi Bussard – Candi is the candidate for the second Democratic spot for commissioner.  Candi represents local Democratic values, and is our endorsed write in candidate.

County Auditor

  • Karen Williams – Karen is the incumbent minority auditor for Bedford County.  She has a degree in business from California University and has served in this position for many years.

Superior Court

 


Bedford County Democrats’ & Helen B. Hughes Federation of Democratic Women’s Spring Fling

The event will start at 5:30 p.m. at the Bedford Elks County Club and will include live music provided by local artist, Diana Lee, an appetizing menu of hors d’oeuvres from Chef Nicole, a cash bar, and a silent auction.

Tickets are available from Valerie Pawuk, 327-6383 or Chris Smith, 494-3187.

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Petition Party Tuesday, February 26

The BC Dems will hold a petition party starting at 5:30 Tuesday, January 26 at the lower level of the American Legion.  park behind the building for direct access.

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Enjoy food and fellowship from 5:30-7:00.  We will have soups and bread from the Horn O’Plenty Farm to Table Restaruant, an artisanal cheese platter from Hidden Hills Dairy, and homemade cookies and brownies from The Bird’s Nest Cafe,

Candidates and/or surrogates will be there with their petitions. We will have a notary present as well.

The monthy business meeting will follow at 7:00 p.m.

 

Local Candidates Who Will Have Petitions Available

  • Deb Baughman, County Commissioner
  • Brandi Hershey, Judge, Court of Common Pleas

We will also have petitions available for the following Superior Court Candidates.

  • Attorney Amanda Green Hawkins
  • Judge Daniel McCaffrey

They are working to get on the ballot for the three Superior Court openings that will be on the ballot in 2019.

The current Superior Court Justices whose terms end in 2020:


PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro will headline BC Dems fall gathering, September 26.

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Pennsylvania Attorney General, Josh Shapiro will headline the fall gathering of the Bedford County Democrats on Thursday, September 26. The event will be held at Whispering Hollow Estate, which is a 5 mile drive from Pleasantville or a 10 mile drive from Schellsburg. You can find more detailed directions farther down the page.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with heavy hors d’ouvres and an open bar. The program will begin at 7:00 p.m. with local candidates Karen Williams and Deb Baughman speaking. State Representative Scott Conklin will follow Baughman and Attorney General Shapiro will keynote the program. Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased in advance or ordered for pick up at the door. Email davepopp@embarqmail.com to order your ticket.

As a State Representative, Josh wrote and passed some of the toughest ethics laws in state history. Philadelphia Magazine wrote that Josh “has been a blast of oxygen in the smoke-choked back rooms of quid-pro-quo Harrisburg,” and his work earned him a national reputation as a bipartisan consensus builder.

Then, as Chairman of the Montgomery County Commissioners, he led a fiscal and ethical turnaround, took early steps to combat the heroin epidemic, helped the first LGBT couples in Pennsylvania marry and fired Wall Street money managers to save retirees millions. His work on behalf of victims and for criminal justice reform as the Chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has earned him the trust of law enforcement leaders from both parties.

According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, “In the two years since he took office, Mr. Shapiro has levied his influence to scale that grand institutional tower. His office’s release of an extensive grand jury report alleging the sexual abuse of children at the hands of 300 “predator priests” in six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania garnered attention around the globe. More recently, Mr. Shapiro sued Pittsburgh-based health care giant UPMC for restricting access to its doctors and facilities as a result of its years-long battle with rival Highmark.

On the street corner, Mr. Shapiro says his office has arrested five drug dealers per day on average, and increased the arrests of doctors for illegally diverting prescription drugs. As for the White House? Mr. Shapiro, a Democrat, has sued President Donald Trump’s administration nearly two dozen times. (https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/02/25/Pennsylvania-attorney-general-Josh-Shapiro-embraces-high-level-battles-upmc/stories/201902230023).

Josh Shapiro earned his law degree at night from Georgetown University, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar. Josh was raised in Montgomery County, where he met his high school sweetheart, Lori, and where they are raising their four young children.


Directions to Whispering Hollow Estate

Click this link to open a printable pdf of these directions.

Traveling through Pleasantville and Route 96 South
 
Take Route 56 to the intersection in Pleasantville.
 
Turn onto Route 96 South and travel 2.7 miles.
 
At the Ridge Market (store / gas station), turn right onto Dunkard Hollow Road. Dunkard Hollow Road is very curvy at the start with several side roads turning off. Stay on the road with the painted center line.
 
Stay on Dunkard Hollow Road for 2.5 miles.
 
Whispering Hollow Estate will be on your left. There is a fork in the road (with Barefoot Road) just past the entrance to Whispering Hollow Estate. If you reach the fork, use it to turn around. The Whispering Hollow entrance will be almost right across from you.
 

Traveling through Schellsburg and Route 96 North

Take Route 30 to the intersection in Schellsburg

Turn onto Route 96 North and travel 7.5 miles.

At the Ridge Market (store / gas station), turn left onto Dunkard Hollow Road Dunkard Hollow Road is very curvy at the start with several side roads turning off. Stay on the road with the painted center line.
 
Stay on Dunkard Hollow Road for 2.5 miles.
 
Whispering Hollow Estate will be on your left. There is a fork in the road (with Barefoot Road) just past the entrance to Whispering Hollow Estate. If you reach the fork, use it to turn around. The Whispering Hollow entrance will be almost right across from you.

Fan Giveaway a Big Success

Bedford County Democrats provided a total of 177 fans, at no cost, to seniors and families in need. Thanks to all who donated and Bedford True Value for making this possible.


Free Fans for Older Adults

DemFans

Spring Primary Election

All of the following candidates have been nominated to run in the Fall election.

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  • Candi Bussard – Candi is running as a write in candidate for the second Democratic spot for commissioner. Candi represents local Democratic values, and is our endorsed write in candidate.

County Auditor

  • Karen Williams – Karen is the incumbent minority auditor for Bedford County. She has a degree in business from California University and has served in this position for many years.

Superior Court

Click here to open a printable pdf of the sample ballot.

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