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May 16, 2020

We’ve all been preoccupied the past few months. One thing that might've gotten lost in all the coronavirus craziness is our civic duty to vote in the upcoming June 2 primary. To learn about Pennsylvania's new mail-in ballot option, Sam Pearson talks to Linda Harris, the Voter Service Chair of the Lewisburg Area League of Women Voters.

Another civic duty we may have overlooked is filling out our census form. Census Day was April 1, 2020, but the work continues until everyone is counted. Sam had the privilege of speaking with Fernando Armstrong, the Regional Director in the Philadelphia Office of the US Census. This office oversees Census operations in 8 states — including PA — plus Washington D.C. Sam shares what she learned from Fernando.

Plus, listener questions:
-Is online shopping ethical during Covid-19?
-Should we wear masks in line at The Purple Cow?
-What does going yellow mean for us here in Rural Pennsylvania?

SHOW NOTES:

Primary Election
Key Dates
-May 18 -- Last day to update your voter registration

-May 26 -- Last day to apply for a mail-in ballot

-June 2, 8pm --  Deadline to return your voted mail-in ballot

Union County Elections and Voter Registration Office:  Union County Government Center, 155 N 15th St, (570) 524-8603

VotesPA.com -- register to vote, check your registration, apply for a mail-in ballot, check the status of your ballot

Vote411.org -- also voter registration info plus details about the candidates and contents of your ballot

League of Women Voters Lewisburg Area -- access to the Union County-specific Voters’ Guide, formatted for printing at home this year

 

Census Information

Census2020.gov -- Complete the Census!

Response Rates -- check the status of how many households in your community have completed the census; updated daily

Work for the Census -- apply now for a paid position helping to ensure a complete count in Union County or wherever you live in the country!

Census Archives -- look up genealogy and past records

 

Ethical Purchasing

Institute for Local Self-Reliance -- How You Can Help Save Locally Owned Businesses

Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau -- current listings of restaurants, wineries, breweries, and retail sales sites in the region that are maintaining distanced operations

Global 100 -- Corporate Responsibility Ratings

COVID-19 Community Fund -- First Community Foundation Partnership of PA in cooperation with regional United Way's



On Yellow Phase

Plan to Reopen PA -- the proposed phased plan to reopen PA

Business Guidelines -- for Businesses Permitted to Operate during the COVID-19 Disaster Response in PA, these guidelines include lawful orders that businesses must follow

As State Reopens, Masking Is Essential -- Column by Infectious Disease Specialist in Daily Item about Yellow Phase

Mask Information -- CDC info page about the utility of masks for an airborne illness with a latency period (asymptomatic transmission)

The Real Reason to Wear a Mask -- explaining the background for why people say my mask protects you, your mask protects me

 

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FEATURED MUSIC:

Intro: “In The 21st Century” by Keshco is licensed under a CC Attribution-Share Alike License.

 

Produced in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.