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Pennsylvania will use coronavirus relief funds allocated by Congress to pay for postage on mail-in ballots in the November general election.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar announced the plan Friday, saying that the “goal is to make voting as accessible, safe, and easy for eligible voters as possible." 

"Mail-in or absentee voting with prepaid postage means Pennsylvanians can vote from the comfort of their own home, without having to make a trip to the post office to buy a stamp, during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Boockvar said.

In the CARES Act passed in March, Congress allocated $400 million to help states conduct elections during the pandemic. States have used those funds to implement safety measures at polling locations and increase mail-in voting initiatives.

The Pennsylvania legislature passed a bill last year that made all voters in the state eligible for mail-in voting without having to provide an excuse. According to Boockvar, 1.5 million people cast ballots in the commonwealth's June 2 primary. 

Unlike the five states in the country that host completely mail-in elections by sending ballots to all registered voters, Pennsylvanians will still have to apply and get approved for a mail-in ballot. Under the plan, voters who apply for and receive a mail-in or absentee ballot in the mail will also get a postage-paid ballot-return envelope.

Seventeen other states cover postage for mail-in ballots, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Voting by mail has been a hot topic in recent months, as President Trump and his conservative allies have said, without evidence, that mail-in elections invite fraud. Trump was the subject of bipartisan backlash on Thursday for suggesting the November vote be delayed until predominantly in-person elections can be conducted safely.

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/510027-pennsylvania-to-use-coronavirus-aid-to-pay-for-postage-on-ballots-in

 

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On 7/31/2020 at 4:05 PM, prettylight said:

Pennsylvania will use coronavirus relief funds allocated by Congress to pay for postage on mail-in ballots in the November general election.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar announced the plan Friday, saying that the “goal is to make voting as accessible, safe, and easy for eligible voters as possible." 

"Mail-in or absentee voting with prepaid postage means Pennsylvanians can vote from the comfort of their own home, without having to make a trip to the post office to buy a stamp, during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Boockvar said.

In the CARES Act passed in March, Congress allocated $400 million to help states conduct elections during the pandemic. States have used those funds to implement safety measures at polling locations and increase mail-in voting initiatives.

The Pennsylvania legislature passed a bill last year that made all voters in the state eligible for mail-in voting without having to provide an excuse. According to Boockvar, 1.5 million people cast ballots in the commonwealth's June 2 primary. 

Unlike the five states in the country that host completely mail-in elections by sending ballots to all registered voters, Pennsylvanians will still have to apply and get approved for a mail-in ballot. Under the plan, voters who apply for and receive a mail-in or absentee ballot in the mail will also get a postage-paid ballot-return envelope.

Seventeen other states cover postage for mail-in ballots, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Voting by mail has been a hot topic in recent months, as President Trump and his conservative allies have said, without evidence, that mail-in elections invite fraud. Trump was the subject of bipartisan backlash on Thursday for suggesting the November vote be delayed until predominantly in-person elections can be conducted safely.

https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/510027-pennsylvania-to-use-coronavirus-aid-to-pay-for-postage-on-ballots-in

 

No one will know who has cast ballots!  No identification, no identity known, foreign nationals field day.

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Pastor of Muppets
4 hours ago, grieker said:

No one will know who has cast ballots!  No identification, no identity known, foreign nationals field day.

What has trump accomplished in 3.5 years?

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19 hours ago, Pastor of Muppets said:

What has trump accomplished in 3.5 years?

Information is out there troll - you just have to let it in.

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23 hours ago, grieker said:

No one will know who has cast ballots!  No identification, no identity known, foreign nationals field day.

I've never had anyone ask for any identification when voting in CA or PA.

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Pastor of Muppets
22 minutes ago, grieker said:

Information is out there troll - you just have to let it in.

Sorry chief. The facts are trump's inaction on the coronavirus has led to a half assed flattening of the curve. Premature and haphazard reopening with no national plan has led to more economic pain and suffering.

#Trumpvirus #Trumpeconomy #Trumpshutdown 

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1 minute ago, GeezUS said:

I've never had anyone ask for any identification when voting in CA or PA.

I'll just call bullshit.

  1. https://www.dos.pa.gov/VotingElections...

    identification. A voter applying to vote by absentee ballot must provide proof of identification. If the voter has been issued a valid and current driver’s license (or PennDOT ID card), the voter must provide the driver’s license (or ID card) number. If a voter does not have a driver’s license (or PennDOT ID card), the voter must provide

    1. Voter ID laws in Pennsylvania - Wikipedia

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter_ID_laws_in_Pennsylvania
       
       
       

      If a citizen consistently votes in Pennsylvania, they do not need to re-register before the next election except to update information such as address, name, party if anything has changed. In order to become a registered voter in Pennsylvania, one must obtain US citizenship at least one month prior to the election date, be at least 18 years old by the next election date, and live in the district they will be voting in for at least 30 days prior to the election date. Those in prison for a felony are not permitted

       

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1 minute ago, Pastor of Muppets said:

Sorry chief. The facts are trump's inaction on the coronavirus has led to a half asses flattening of the curve. Premature and haphazard reopening with no national plan has led to more economic pain and suffering.

#Trumpvirus #Trumpeconomy #Trumpshutdown 

Those aren't facts bud - they are your opinion.

Here's the short list of accomplishments for Trump in the last 4 years.

  • Almost 4 million jobs created since election.
  • More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history.
  • We have created more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since my election.
  • Manufacturing jobs growing at the fastest rate in more than THREE DECADES.
  • Economic growth last quarter hit 4.2 percent.
  • New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low.
  • Median household income has hit highest level ever recorded.
  • African-American unemployment has recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Hispanic-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Asian-American unemployment recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Women’s unemployment recently reached the lowest rate in 65 years.
  • Youth unemployment has recently hit the lowest rate in nearly half a century.
  • Lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Americans without a high school diploma.
  • Under my Administration, veterans’ unemployment recently reached its lowest rate in nearly 20 years.
  • Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since the election.
  • The Pledge to America’s Workers has resulted in employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans. We are committed to VOCATIONAL education.
  • 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future—the highest ever.
  • Retail sales surged last month, up another 6 percent over last year.
  • Signed the biggest package of tax cuts and reforms in history. After tax cuts, over $300 billion poured back in to the U.S. in the first quarter alone.
  • As a result of our tax bill, small businesses will have the lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years.
  • Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  • Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.
  • Opened ANWR and approved Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
  • Record number of regulations eliminated.
  • Enacted regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions.
  • Obamacare individual mandate penalty GONE.
  • My Administration is providing more affordable healthcare options for Americans through association health plans and short-term duration plans.
  • Last month, the FDA approved more affordable generic drugs than ever before in history. And thanks to our efforts, many drug companies are freezing or reversing planned price increases.
  • We reformed the Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging low-income seniors on their drugs—saving seniors hundreds of millions of dollars this year alone.
  • Signed Right-To-Try legislation.
  • Secured $6 billion in NEW funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • We have reduced high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent during my first year in office.
  • Signed VA Choice Act and VA Accountability Act, expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
  • Increased our coal exports by 60 percent; U.S. oil production recently reached all-time high.
  • United States is a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957.
  • Withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord.
  • Cancelled the illegal, anti-coal, so-called Clean Power Plan.
  • Secured record $700 billion in military funding; $716 billion next year.
  • NATO allies are spending $69 billion more on defense since 2016.
  • Process has begun to make the Space Force the 6th branch of the Armed Forces.
  • Confirmed more circuit court judges than any other new administration.
  • Confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
  • Withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran Deal.
  • Moved U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
  • Protecting Americans from terrorists with the Travel Ban, upheld by Supreme Court.
  • Issued Executive Order to keep open Guantanamo Bay.
  • Concluded a historic U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal to replace NAFTA. And negotiations with Canada are underway as we speak.
  • Reached a breakthrough agreement with the E.U. to increase U.S. exports.
  • Imposed tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum to protect our national security.
  • Imposed tariffs on China in response to China’s forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and their chronically abusive trade practices.
  • Net exports are on track to increase by $59 billion this year.
  • Improved vetting and screening for refugees, and switched focus to overseas resettlement.
  • We have begun BUILDING THE WALL. Republicans want STRONG BORDERS and NO CRIME. Democrats want OPEN BORDERS which equals MASSIVE CRIME.

 

 

Here's the complete list of what Joe Biden has accomplished in 45+ years in government.

1.  Introduced bill to get more blacks arrested and imprisoned.

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GeezUS
5 minutes ago, grieker said:

I'll just call bullshit

I just tell them my name... they find it in their book and I sign it. NO I.D. has ever been asked.

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Just now, GeezUS said:

I just tell them my name... they find it in their book and I sign it. NO I.D. has ever been asked.

As you wish.

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  • Almost 4 million jobs created since election.
  • Only some of roughly 36 million jobs lost since the beginning of the lockdowns designed to protect hospitals from surging cases of COVID-19 patients are not coming back in a V-shaped or a U-shaped recover. The University of Chicago estimates that 42% of the recent layoffs will result in permanent job losses.
  • Total nonfarm employment fell by a staggering 20.7 million jobs in April, largely erasing the gains from a decade of job growth. Despite an increase of 2.5 million jobs in May and 4.8 million jobs in June, job losses since February total 14.7 million. Private employment rose by 4.76 million jobs in June but remains 13.2 million below its February level.
  • Economic growth last quarter hit 4.2 percent.
  • The onset of COVID-19 produced a sharp contraction in economic activity in March 2020, resulting in a decline in real GDP of 5.0 percent at an annual rate in the year’s first quarter and 32.9 percent in the second quarter. Before COVID-19, a key question was what annual growth rate would be sustainable over time. Most analysts believed that the 2017 tax cuts and additional program funding Congress enacted in early 2018 boosted GDP only temporarily. The Trump Administration projected that that growth would continue at about 3 percent in coming years; CBO, in contrast, projected that growth would fall back to under 2 percent over the longer term, as we discuss below in Part III.

    Now, however, the critical questions are how severe and long-lasting the downturn will be and what its effects on longer-term growth will be. CBO projects that the economy will begin to grow again in the second half of the year but will remain in a slump, with unemployment averaging 8.4 percent in 2021.

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Pastor of Muppets
50 minutes ago, grieker said:

Those aren't facts bud - they are your opinion.

Here's the short list of accomplishments for Trump in the last 4 years.

  • Almost 4 million jobs created since election.
  • More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history.
  • We have created more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since my election.
  • Manufacturing jobs growing at the fastest rate in more than THREE DECADES.
  • Economic growth last quarter hit 4.2 percent.
  • New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low.
  • Median household income has hit highest level ever recorded.
  • African-American unemployment has recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Hispanic-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Asian-American unemployment recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Women’s unemployment recently reached the lowest rate in 65 years.
  • Youth unemployment has recently hit the lowest rate in nearly half a century.
  • Lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Americans without a high school diploma.
  • Under my Administration, veterans’ unemployment recently reached its lowest rate in nearly 20 years.
  • Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since the election.
  • The Pledge to America’s Workers has resulted in employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans. We are committed to VOCATIONAL education.
  • 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future—the highest ever.
  • Retail sales surged last month, up another 6 percent over last year.
  • Signed the biggest package of tax cuts and reforms in history. After tax cuts, over $300 billion poured back in to the U.S. in the first quarter alone.
  • As a result of our tax bill, small businesses will have the lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years.
  • Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  • Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.
  • Opened ANWR and approved Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
  • Record number of regulations eliminated.
  • Enacted regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions.
  • Obamacare individual mandate penalty GONE.
  • My Administration is providing more affordable healthcare options for Americans through association health plans and short-term duration plans.
  • Last month, the FDA approved more affordable generic drugs than ever before in history. And thanks to our efforts, many drug companies are freezing or reversing planned price increases.
  • We reformed the Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging low-income seniors on their drugs—saving seniors hundreds of millions of dollars this year alone.
  • Signed Right-To-Try legislation.
  • Secured $6 billion in NEW funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • We have reduced high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent during my first year in office.
  • Signed VA Choice Act and VA Accountability Act, expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
  • Increased our coal exports by 60 percent; U.S. oil production recently reached all-time high.
  • United States is a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957.
  • Withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord.
  • Cancelled the illegal, anti-coal, so-called Clean Power Plan.
  • Secured record $700 billion in military funding; $716 billion next year.
  • NATO allies are spending $69 billion more on defense since 2016.
  • Process has begun to make the Space Force the 6th branch of the Armed Forces.
  • Confirmed more circuit court judges than any other new administration.
  • Confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
  • Withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran Deal.
  • Moved U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
  • Protecting Americans from terrorists with the Travel Ban, upheld by Supreme Court.
  • Issued Executive Order to keep open Guantanamo Bay.
  • Concluded a historic U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal to replace NAFTA. And negotiations with Canada are underway as we speak.
  • Reached a breakthrough agreement with the E.U. to increase U.S. exports.
  • Imposed tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum to protect our national security.
  • Imposed tariffs on China in response to China’s forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and their chronically abusive trade practices.
  • Net exports are on track to increase by $59 billion this year.
  • Improved vetting and screening for refugees, and switched focus to overseas resettlement.
  • We have begun BUILDING THE WALL. Republicans want STRONG BORDERS and NO CRIME. Democrats want OPEN BORDERS which equals MASSIVE CRIME.

 

 

Here's the complete list of what Joe Biden has accomplished in 45+ years in government.

1.  Introduced bill to get more blacks arrested and imprisoned.

Your list appears to be complete bullshit.

Increased our coal exports by 60 percent; U.S. oil production recently reached all-time high.

For 2021, the EIA projected output of about 549 million st.

Coal exports for 2020 were projected to total 63.6 million st, down 31.5% from last year's exports. The forecast also rose 0.6% month on month.

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