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These are the most recent entries posted on Seth Warren’s Journal.

  • Primary Day 2023

    Posted May 15, 2023 | 1:05 am

  • Primary Election season is upon us in Pennsylvania! The deadline for returning your mail-in ballot is 8:00PM on May 16th – that’s when the ballot must be physically received in your local election office to be counted; a postmark is not sufficient. 8:00PM on May 16th is also the latest you can get into line at your polling place, 7:00AM is the earliest.

    My mail-in ballot was received by my Elections office last week and I think I picked some good ones…

    Allegheny County Executive

    Sara Innamorato for Allegheny County Executive

    Allegheny County Council At-Large

    Bethany Hallam for Allegheny County Council At-Large

    Allegheny County District Attorney

    Matt Dugan for Allegheny County District Attorney

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  • Election Day 2022

    Posted November 2, 2022 | 1:37 am

  • We are one week away from Election Day. If you vote by mail, now is the time to get that ballot in a mailbox! Otherwise, in-person voting happens in seven days. If you are in Pennsylvania like I am, the government of the Commonwealth has all you need to know.

    As for myself, I returned my mail-in ballot in mid-October. These were some of my selections…

    United States Senate

    John Fetterman for US Senate

    Pennsylvania Governor

    Josh Shapiro for Pennsylvania Governor

    Pennsylvania State House District 36

    Re-elect Jessica Benham

    Ballot Question – Allegheny County

    Shall Article III, Subsection 6(b)
    of Allegheny County’s Home Rule
    Charter be repealed in order to allow
    Members of County Council the
    same freedom of right to seek other
    elected office as is accorded to all
    other independently elected officials
    in Allegheny County, such that
    Council Members are permitted to
    run for nomination or election to
    elected office other than that of
    County Council Member without first
    having to resign from County


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  • Primary Day 2022

    Posted May 10, 2022 | 1:27 am

  • Primary Election season is upon us! At least where I live in Pennsylvania it is. People are receiving their mail-in ballots and hopefully filling them out and mailing them back in time to have them counted. The deadline for that is 8:00PM on May 17th – that’s when the ballot must be physically received in your local election office to be counted; a postmark is not sufficient.

    For those who don’t wish to vote in their pyjamas from the comfort of their homes, one can vote in person on May 17th from 7:00AM when the polls open until they close at 8:00PM (those standing in line prior to that time will still be allowed to vote no matter how late it gets).

    Are you a Pennsylvanian craving more information? There’s a website for that.

    Do you want to know some of my personal candidate picks? See below…

    United States Senate

    Malcolm Kenyatta for US Senate

    Pennsylvania Congressional District 12

    Jerry Dickinson for Congress

    Pennsylvania State House District 36

    Re-elect Jessica Benham

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  • Election Day 2021

    Posted October 28, 2021 | 2:30 am

  • Election season is upon us! Election Day itself is one week away on November 2nd, with polls in Pennsylvania open from 7:00AM-8:00PM (find your polling location here), but if you are like me, you may have opted for a mail-in ballot. You have until 5:00PM today to apply for one of those – and it must be received no later than 8:00PM on Election Day proper. So, if you are concerned that the Postal Service is acting sluggish, you might want to drop your ballot off at your county Elections Office in person.

    I’ll get to my personal candidate picks in a moment, but before doing so, I wish to mention my personal candidacy. In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, poll workers are elected, and I have been serving as a Judge of Election for Ward 32 District 7 of the City of Pittsburgh for eight years at this point. This year I am up for re-election and I am hoping to serve for a third term. So, should you be one of my neighbours, I would greatly appreciate your endorsement and confidence via your vote.

    Onwards to the candidates who actually have money to campaign! In addition to the two individuals listed below, Pennsylvania has a slate of judicial candidates up for election this year. Too numerous to list, I simply recommend voting straight-ticket Democratic.

    Mayor of Pittsburgh

    Ed Gainey for Mayor

    Pittsburgh City Council – District 4

    Connor Mulvaney for City Council

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  • Primary Day 2021

    Posted May 11, 2021 | 2:15 am

  • Prior to 2020, no-excuse mail-in ballots did not exist in Pennsylvania. As such, I would post this entry on Election Day itself. However, with voting by mail readily available (unless certain misguided groups manage to take it away) and with it being my preferred method of casting my ballot, I’m now going to post these entries one week before Election Day. It’s now Election Season…kind of like Halloween or Christmas, but with a lot less candy.

    In Pennsylvania, the polls will be open from 7:00-8:00PM on May 18th (the close of polls is also when all mail-in ballots are due at the Elections Division). Although Pennsylvania has a closed primary for candidates, this primary election is being held concurrently with a general election open to all voters regardless of party affiliation or lack thereof where they must choose how to answer several ballot questions. More information can be found on those questions at the Pennsylvania State Department and a plain-English explainer for said questions can be found at WESA.

    As always, my personal picks, starting with questions and then moving to Democratic candidates…

    Ballot Question #1

    Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be
    amended to change existing law and
    increase the power of the General
    Assembly to unilaterally terminate or
    extend a disaster emergency
    declaration—and the powers of
    Commonwealth agencies to address the
    disaster regardless of its severity
    pursuant to that declaration—through
    passing a concurrent resolution by
    simple majority, thereby removing the
    existing check and balance of presenting
    a resolution to the Governor for approval
    or disapproval?


    Ballot Question #2

    Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be
    amended to change existing law so that:
    a disaster emergency declaration will
    expire automatically after 21 days,
    regardless of the severity of
    the emergency, unless the General
    Assembly takes action to extend
    the disaster emergency; the Governor
    may not declare a new
    disaster emergency to respond to the
    dangers facing the
    Commonwealth unless the General
    Assembly passes a concurrent
    resolution; the General Assembly enacts
    new laws for disaster management?


    Ballot Question #3

    Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be
    amended by adding a new section
    providing that equality of rights under
    the law shall not be denied or abridged
    because of an individual’s race or


    Ballot Question – State of Pennsylvania

    Do you favor expanding the use of the
    indebtedness authorized under the
    referendum for loans to volunteer fire
    companies, volunteer ambulance
    services and volunteer rescue squads
    under 35 PA.C.S. Section 7378.1
    (related to referendum for additional
    indebtedness) to include loans to
    municipal fire departments or companies
    that provide services through paid
    personnel and emergency medical
    services companies for the purpose of
    establishing and modernizing facilities
    to house apparatus equipment,
    ambulances and rescue vehicles, and for
    purchasing apparatus equipment,
    ambulances and rescue vehicles,
    protective and communications
    equipment and any other accessory
    equipment necessary for the proper
    performance of the duties of the fire
    companies and emergency medical
    services companies?


    Ballot Question – Allegheny County

    Shall the Allegheny County Code,
    Chapter 205, Allegheny County Jail, be
    amended and supplemented to include a
    new Article III, which shall set forth
    standards governing conditions of
    confinement in the Allegheny County


    Ballot Question – City of Pittsburgh

    Shall the Pittsburgh Home Rule Charter
    be amended and supplemented by
    adding a new Article 10: Powers of the
    Pittsburgh Police, containing Section
    1001, which shall bar employees of the
    Pittsburgh Bureau of Police from
    executing warrants at any residence
    without knocking and announcing


    Mayor of Pittsburgh

    Re-elect Mayor Peduto

    Pittsburgh City Council – District 4

    Bethani for City Council

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