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Dan Truitt Vs. Carolyn Comitta for PA State Representative

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

by Daniel Brouse

WEST CHESTER, PA — The office of State Representative is up for election in Chester County. State Representative Dan Truitt is running for re-election against West Chester Mayor Carolyn Comitta. The 156th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District is located in Chester County and includes the following areas:
Birmingham Township
East Goshen Township
Thornbury Township
West Chester
West Goshen Township (PART, District North)
Westtown Township

Truitt and Comitta are on opposite sides of the “West Chester Busking and Street Performance Ordinance.”

Mayor Comitta is behind a proposed ordinance that would limit a citizen’s ability to sing, dance, play music, perform magic, juggle, read aloud or recite. The original ordinance would have required children to have a license to draw with chalk on the sidewalk. So many residents and lovers-of-the-arts showed up to this public hearing that another public hearing was added. Then, so many people showed up to protest the ordinance at the second meeting, yet another public hearing is scheduled. Though the ordinance has been watered down, it is still in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Mayor Comitta is also embroiled in allegations of police misconduct, police corruption, hate crimes and civil rights violations. Mayor Comitta’s West Chester Police Department arrested and assaulted two street musicians under the guise of the noise ordinance. Without grounds, scores of citations have been issued to other performers. One artist was cited three times, though he was not making noise. The artist won all three court cases but is now forced to sue in Federal Court (to obtain damages and challenge the noise ordinance under the First and Fourteenth Amendments.)

Mayor Comitta has been unresponsive to all requests both written [1, 2, 3] and verbal.

On the other hand, Dan Truitt met with and supported the West Chester artists that perform at Gay and Church Streets in West Chester. Dan’s office provided research on the constitutionality of the proposed ordinance and the existing noise ordinance. Dan said, “The proposed ordinance violates the Constitution.”

Register To Vote

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

October 9, 2012 is the last day to register to vote in Pennsylvania. Applications are available at libraries, liquor stores, post offices or online through the link below.

The office at 520 N. Delaware Avenue, Philadelphia, PA will be open until midnight.

 

VOTER REGISTRATION

CITY COMMISSIONERS

VOTER REGISTRATION OFFICE

RIVERVIEW PLACE, 5TH FLOOR

520 N. DELAWARE AVENUE

PHILADELPHIA, PA 19123

215-686-1500 215-686-1505

 

 

Qualifications of Voters

If possessing the following qualifications, you are entitled to make application to register to vote:

  • You have been a citizen of the United States for at least one month before the next election;
  • You have been a resident of Pennsylvania and your election district for at least 30 days before the next election; and,
  • You will be at least 18 years of age on the day of the next election.

Qualifications of Voters at Primary

The qualifications of an elector entitled to vote in a primary are the same as the qualifications of an elector entitled to vote in general elections. The only exception is that an individual must be registered and enrolled in a political party to vote in that party’s primary. However, all registered electors are entitled to vote on questions placed on the ballot or in special elections held concurrently with the primary.

Where to Register to Vote

    1. Registering to Vote by Mail – An individual may make application to register to vote by mail. Voter registration mail applications are available at any Post Office, State Liquor Store, or Public Library.

 

    1. Registering to Vote in Person – Individuals may apply for voter registration in person at the Voter Registration Office, at Riverview Place 5th Floor, 520 N. Delaware Avenue. Office hours are 8:30 AM till 5:00 PM.

 

    1. Registering to Vote in Conjunction with an application for or renewal of a Driver’s License – Individuals may apply for voter registration in conjunction with an application for or renewal of a driver’s license through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation at photo license centers.

 

  • Download Registration Form
    Registration Form
  • Registering to Vote in Government Agencies – An individual may apply for voter registration at any of the following government agencies:
  • At state offices that provide public assistance and services to persons with disabilities;
  • At Area Agencies on Aging;
  • At Centers for Independent Living;
  • At County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Offices;
  • At student disability services offices of the State System of Higher Education;
  • At Offices of Special Education;
  • At ADA Complementary Para Transit Offices;
  • At county Clerk of Orphans’ Court offices, including each Marriage License Bureau;
  • Armed Service Recruitment Centers.