BLOG: Online Voter Registration Hits Huge 100,000-user Milestone

first_img By: Pedro A. Cortés, Secretary of State BLOG: Online Voter Registration Hits Huge 100,000-user Milestone February 22, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Government That Works,  The Blog,  Voting & Elections In less than six months since Governor Tom Wolf and I announced its launch, the state’s online voter registration site has logged more than 100,000 applications.Since August, more than 100,000 voters have discovered for themselves the ease and accessibility of online voter registration. At the same time, Pennsylvania’s counties have gained more accurate voter rolls and realized savings in processing applications.Approximately 60 percent of users have been eligible citizens registering for the first time, while the remaining 40 percent were voters making updates to their registration, such as a change of name, address or party affiliation.March 28 is the deadline to register or update their record before the April 26, 2016, primary election. I urge all eligible citizens to make use of the online voter registration site.Editorial boards across the state have joined county officials in praising Governor Wolf’s launch of the site:Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “The state’s online registration offers convenience to everyone”Uniontown Herald-Standard: “Online voter registration is also expected to save money for taxpayers.”Beaver County Times: “Online voter registration is win-win.”Scranton Times-Tribune: “Online voter registration long overdue.”This tool provides us with the most accurate voter rolls possible as we approach the primary election. This is especially important with the volume of new registrations and updates that the counties process in a presidential election year.At a press conference last week celebrating this milestone, I was joined by Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries and Gerald D. Feaser Jr., Director of the Dauphin County Bureau of Registration and Elections.Director Feaser said online voter registration has greatly reduced the amount of time his staff spends processing paper applications and saved mailing costs.“We are mailing out fewer paper applications because when people call, we point them to the online registration site,” Feaser said. “Given the fact that this is a presidential election year and we are this close to the registration deadline, we are very pleased with that part of the process.”The online system, which is available in English and Spanish, is more secure for applicants because the form is transmitted directly to the appropriate county voter registration office for processing. The latest protocols in data security have been built into the system and are constantly monitored and updated.Because the online voter registration site is directly linked to PennDOT’s Motor Voter system, if an applicant has a driver’s license or PennDOT ID card, the signature already on file with PennDOT can immediately be linked to the voter record.Applicants who do not have a driver’s license or PennDOT ID card can print, sign and mail the completed online application to their county voter registration office. If they are not able to print the application, they may request that the Department of State mail them a signature card to complete and return to their county office.Register now at register.votespa.com. SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

It started life as a simple cottage and was transformed into an modern, luxury home

first_img19 Plunkett St, Paddington.One of the more unusual additions to the house is its own lift, which Mr Serra said came in very handy.He included it because Paddington was quite hilly and many of the houses were multi-level, otherwise he would be faced with a lot of steps walking from the very bottom of the home to the top.And one of Mr Serra’s favourite parts of the house is right at the top. 19 Plunkett St, Paddington.There are indoor and outdoor entertainment and family areas and the home has panoramic views.It has a fully automated, state-of-the-art security, lighting system and internal lift access to all levels.The kitchen has a floating Calacatta island bench and butlers pantry and Miele appliances.There is a wine cellar and two large, separate living areas spread over two levels. 19 Plunkett St, Paddington.Joe and Maria Serra built their home at 19 Plunkett St, Paddington, about six-and-a-half years ago.“It is elevated, on the high side of the street,” Mr Serra said.“We actually built it. It has been a great location for us and for our kids.’’With their three daughters now moved on, Mr Serra said it was time to sell, downsize to an apartment and do a little more travelling. 19 Plunkett St, Paddington.The four bedrooms are all large including the main bedroom and a separate guests’ quarters. They all have built-in wardrobes.The home has fully ducted heating and cooling and there is a four car garage.Agent Matt Lancashire from Ray White New Farm described it as “luxurious inner city living at its best’’.center_img 19 Plunkett St, Paddington.“It is quite elevated with views to the city and over to Mt Coot-tha to the west,’’ he said. He also enjoys the swimming pool and entertainment area. The home was designed by Kevin Hayes Architects. Mr Serra said they had done a really good job of designing an open, inviting home.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by “(Kevin Hayes) has done a great job, upstairs has really big spans, about 7.5m, all open with no structure in the way,’’ he said.It felt like penthouse living but without the body corporate fees, Mr Serra said.“It is so close to the city but it is not in the city so you can walk to Caxton St, walk to all the Suncorp events.’’ 19 Plunkett St, Paddington.The poolside terrace has a gas outdoor kitchen which overlooks the saltwater pool with turbo swim jets.Inside the home are vitrified gloss tiles and timber flooring and there is a mezzanine home office or studio space.The 415sq m home is in the heart of the Paddington village area.last_img read more

Grad students create new cultural association

first_imgAccording to Newman, president and business chair of the organization, planning for MIA began in May 2018. During a [email protected] lab program, they proposed their idea to their peers and professor Jay Clewis. “[He said] people don’t watch films because there are Hispanic people, black people or women in it,” Tran said. “He kind of just shut off and completely dismissed any kind of topic in regards to race or gender, and it made me very uncomfortable that it wasn’t even open to my perspective on it at all.” Tran tried to report the professor to the director of her program but was told nothing could be done. “I knew that creating this wasn’t really about me, I know that I’m going to [be] graduating soon, so I’m not going to be able to see what [MIA] will be like in two years or even a year,” Newman said. “[MIA] is not about what am I getting, its about what can I help provide for others. ” With the help of fellow graduate classmates Angela Newman and Deon Reid she decided to take matters into her own hands by forming the Multicultural Innovators Association, a student-run club within the [email protected] program. Tran said MIA aims to start conversations about microaggressions and the challenges students of color face at USC. Tran is the club’s vice president and technology chair. Newman, Tran and Reid created a document with thoughts and concerns about the disadvantages that they had faced as students of color and emailed it to Iovine and Young Academy Dean Erica Muhl. [email protected] is an 18-month program, and most members of MIA’s executive board are set to graduate in May, but Newman said the organization was formed with future students in mind. Graduate student Angela Newman helped the Multicultural Innovators Association within the mostly-online [email protected] program as a space for marginalized students to feel more comfortable. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) “It was an actual project assignment that we were getting graded on,” Newman said. “We had to do surveys, we had to do interviews. We had to make sure that [there was] sound evidence to prove that [MIA] was something that [students at [email protected]] need and wanted.” “Our [[email protected]] program is mostly online,” Tran said. “And to be experiencing unconscious bias and microaggression over a computer [in a classroom setting] was kind of crazy for [me and my friends] — that’s when we started meeting up to discuss what to do about it.” But by the end of the meeting, Newman said no official plan had been made, so they decided to start a club. They then met with Muhl, department heads and advisors to have a conversation about diversity and inclusion in the Academy. [email protected], also known as the Masters in Integrated Design, Business and Technology, is a program in the Iovine and Young Academy. According to Iovine and Young’s faculty page, its faculty is composed primarily of white men. There are only two women and three people of color out of 20 instructors listed on the page. According to Tran, MIA launched in January as a diversity and inclusion initiative — one of the first in Iovine and Young. “I really appreciated that the dean did that,” Newman said. “[She] took the time to say ‘Hey, I was reading your email, let’s sit down and have a talk about this’ … she could have said nothing.” According to MIA’s website, the club’s purpose is to protect the educational rights and needs of [email protected] students of color. Meetings take place on the first Monday of every month on Zoom, a video conferencing app that is also used in the Academy’s online courses. [email protected] has students from around the world, including Chicago and Canada. According to Newman, MIA is meant to be inclusive of those students who do not have the opportunity to participate in events that take place on campus. “When you think of the idea of being with people online, it sounds a little bit isolating,” Valenzuela said. “You [think that if] you’re alone in a room and you’re far away from everyone, [you can’t] interact with anyone. In actuality, [MIA] does a really good job [of creating social connections] … It’s more comforting than it is isolating.” Katia Valenzuela, a graduate student in the [email protected] program and MIA’s graphic design chair, said the online aspect of the club allowed her to build relationships with her peers. “We started with texting and just conversations in class,” said Newman, a graduate student in the [email protected] program. “Then we started to meet up … and started brainstorming on the board and starting throwing up all the things that we’re bothered by, or things that we wanted to change, or things that we don’t have …  as minority students.” When [email protected] student Tawny Tran decided to discuss Asian American representation in media for an online class assignment, the comment she got from her professor wasn’t one she expected. last_img read more