The critical importance of voting November 7

By Maria Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Political analyst Larry J. Sabato has been quoted as saying, “Every election is determined by the people who show up.” The point is both very simple and very profound: it’s the people who take the time to cast a vote who decide the outcomes.

This is especially true in Pennsylvania — a one-time blue state that went boldly red in the 2016 Presidential election.

It is also an appropriate statement for an odd-numbered year election, since big offices such as those held by the Governor, U.S., Senators, and state lawmakers are not in play. (In 2017 Virginia and New Jersey are the only states with elections for governor and the state house.)

However, Pennsylvania voters still retain a great deal of power, thanks to our system of electing appellate judges. These are the jurists who serve on the state Supreme Court, the Superior Court, and the Commonwealth Court.

These judges make important decisions affecting the lives of Pennsylvanians—and, on occasion, determine the fate of “life issues” such as abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, and assisted suicide.

Therefore, turnout is key to ensuring that the voices of pro-lifers are heard on Election Day.

The Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation Political Action Committee works tirelessly to elect pro-life candidates to office. It also works to ensure that strict Constructionists—those who will interpret law and the state Constitution as they are written—will ascend to the appellate courts.

Judicial activists—those who try to make laws from the bench—represent an affront not only to our values, but to our legal process.

If you live in Pennsylvania and need a handy guide to Tuesday’s election, please visit If you do not know where to vote, check out the PA Department of State website.

It is a sacred duty and an honor to vote. Quite simply, precious lives depend on how we cast our ballots. Courageous men and women have fought and died for the right to vote.

Please honor them, and all vulnerable lives, by voting on Tuesday, November 7th.

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