The Pumpkins Have Spoken, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Jay Cox’s photostream

You’ve probably heard “all elections matter” many times. This is something that’s easy to forget when so many are focused on next year’s presidential race. But local elections can have a far more direct effect on your day-to-day life. And, even when your favorite candidate may be a shoe-in to win, it helps to show there’s a mandate. All that said, the election on November 3rd has some very crucial races. From a Pittsburgh City Paper article on the PA Supreme Court races:

For the first time in the state’s history, there are three seats up for grabs…

“It’s probably going to have the biggest long-term impact of any race out there,” says [Sam] Hens-Greco [chair of the 14th Ward Democratic Committee]…”It’s rare that you get three seats open in one year. The three people who get elected will probably be sitting on the bench for some very important decisions.”

“It’s going to face future controversies involving the Marcellus Shale boom, the right to vote, the right to clean air and clean water, the rights of people to face a jury of their peers,” says Superior Court Judge David Wecht, one of the candidates. “When the legislative branches of government are in gridlock like they are now, most disputes of great conflict end up in the court, and the Supreme Court is the court of last resort.”


Vote Here, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Letta Page’s photostream

And, from the most recent issue of the City Paper:

And speaking of the legislature, if Democrats ever have a shot of gaining control in Harrisburg, the first step is Nov. 3. This state has some of the most ridiculously gerrymandered districts in the nation. The boundaries are drawn in such a way to give Republicans the edge. Do you really think Jim Ferlo would have retired if his senate district had remained untouched? Instead, his urban district, with a large number of African-American voters, was butchered and joined with a predominantly white district in the North Hills. The same holds true for Pittsburgh’s Congressional district. Need proof? Check out the 12th District that stretches from the Ohio border to Johnstown.

As other media have pointed out, the state Supreme Court appoints the tie-breaking member to the state’s redistricting committee. Anyone want to guess which party got that power under the Republican-controlled Supreme Court?

To help get you revved up for election day, the Young Democrats of Allegheny County are hosting a Trick or Vote GOTV Rally on Saturday, October 31st. Please join Mayor Bill Peduto, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, and city ward chairs as they rally Democrats to vote on November 3!

They also will have plenty of treats to entice you, including free Pittsburgh Polish food, a DJ, and of course Halloween candy.

This event is free and open to all Democrats young and old — children are very welcome to attend (as are all Democratic candidates).

Come out and make this rally a part of your Halloween celebrations!

Trick or Vote GOTV Rally
When: Saturday, October 31st, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Vietnam Veterans Pavillion, Schenley Park, Pittsburgh, PA
Facebook Event Page: Here