Chester County announces steps for November election support

WEST CHESTER — The Chester County Board of Elections approved this week a number of measures to ensure the eligible ballots of all county voters are counted in the November 2020 Election. Those measures include the placement of 11 locations for secure drop-off of mail-in and absentee ballots, and the addition of two satellite election offices. From Tuesday, Oct. 13, drop-off locations will be open...

Op/Ed: Gerrymandering, who it affects and what you can do

By Nadya Dato, Special to The Times Nadya Dato I’ve always taken an interest in government. The rules and regulations of our society help us coexist, and I’ve always believed following these rules brought fairness and equality to everyone. As I’ve gotten older though, I’ve come to realize that isn’t true – not only are the rules unfair, but some choose not to play...

Trump is a racist; if you support him, are you?

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa The truth has a mighty power to bring itself to the forefront, making it impossible to ignore. The shootings in Wisconsin this week again shone a light on what might be the mightiest truth in our country right now: we still have a racism problem. As in too many of us white folks are pretty freakin’ racist. Still. Still. Here in Chester County, one of...

Mad about the pandemic? Don’t blame Gov. Wolf

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Don’t blame Gov. Tom Wolf. With COVID-19 cases rising again in Pennsylvania, Wolf surgically put the brakes on — closing some bars and limiting restaurant capacity in the state this week. Yes, for those businesses, it stinks. But such locales proved to be the nexus of infection growth since the state partially reopened. Don’t blame Wolf. For the...

Op/Ed: President Trump’s Great American Comeback should make Joe Biden feel embarrassed

Erin Elmore By Erin Elmore, Special to The Times America is picking up momentum under President Trump’s bold leadership in the Great American Comeback. As President Trump upholds his reputation as the jobs President and always puts America first, the economic contrast between President Trump and Joe Biden couldn’t be clearer. Many indicators show that President Trump is swiftly rebuilding the American...

Herrin overwhelming choice for State Rep. to replace Comitta on ballot

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Dianne Herrin West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin was the overwhelming choice of 156th District Democratic Committee Persons to replace State Rep. Carolyn Comitta on the fall ballot — Comitta won the the primary for the Democratic nomination to replace state Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-9). Based on unofficial results posted Tuesday night, Herrin won 75% of the...

Continuing the conversation about race

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa Like it or not, we need to keep talking about race. While the killing of George Floyd was the straw that broke the camel’s back, the rising level of anger over racism has been growing for years. Since Donald Trump’s election, those who hate on the basis of skin color seem to feel like they have been given a green light to openly express their racism....

Election results? Thanks to heavy mail-in use, not so fast

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times @mikemcgannpa If you were expecting to see results this morning of the many contested primaries in and around Chester County — you may need a bit of patience. And any candidate declaring victory might be a bit premature. More than half of the voters in Chester County used Vote-By-Mail — while 63,583 votes were cast at the polls Tuesday, about 72,000 ballots came...

Kerslake, Friel Otten call out dark money PACs attacks; say they’re related to pipeline opposition

Two Democratic primary candidates — one an incumbent State Representative — say they’re being targeted dark money political action committees, neither of which appear to have filed required campaign finance reports. Two Super PACs have launched television ads attacking environmental leaders State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten and Ginny Kerslake. The SuperPACs are registered at the same address,...

Chesco adds additional ballot drop off locations

The Chester County Board of Elections approved today the addition of five secure drop-off locations for mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 Primary Election.   These additional sites have been created to accommodate voters who are concerned that their mail-in ballot may be returned too late by the postal service to be counted. The five new drop-off locations are added to the drop-off location...