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Slattery Out of 134th House Race

Democrat Patrick Slattery has dropped his bid to be state representative for the 134th House district

Democrat Patrick Slattery says he's no longer vying for the 134th House seat that opponent Republican in a special election in May.

Slattery posted on Facebook that he has withdrawn from the race due to personal and professional constraints.

Slattery and Mackenzie squared off in a special election to see who would fill the unexpired term of former Rep. Doug Reichley, who left state politics to become a Lehigh County judge.

The two men were set to compete again in November's general election for a two-year term for the same seat.

Though he had heard "rumblings," Mackenzie said he learned of Slattery's decision while going door-to-door in Emmaus on Monday to meet voters. "Didn't you hear?" he said a constituent, who had been watching the local TV news, told him. "Your opponent dropped out of the race."

But Mackenzie said he intends to continue to go door-to-door to meet voters nonetheless. He had planned to be knocking on doors in Lower Macungie on Tuesday evening. "It's the best way to get out your message," he said, "and to represent the people of our district."

Of Slattery, Mackenzie said, "I wish him well. He probably just didn't have the fight in him for a third time." (Slattery also had run for the seat in 2010 against Doug Reichley).

Mackenzie said it's possible he will face another contender if the Democratic Party names a candidate by early August to replace Slattery on the ballot.

Rob Hamill July 05, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Hey "For real" I was the only person from the private sector to step up to the dish. Everyone else has been suckling on the public teat. You might be right about somebody having strong libertarian leanings being unelectable here, but I tend to doubt that. The party got what the party wanted here. But,... I never blamed the electorate for my not getting the party nod, and I never took money from special interests of any kind. Being in front of the curve is pretty thankless. The state rep position is one incredibly tough position for an individual to walk the line on and not become a tool.
ted.dobracki July 05, 2012 at 08:35 PM
How soon that we forget the installation of Bruce Marks into the PA Senate by a Federal Court in 1993, overturning the fraudulent election of William Stinson! The case even reached the Supreme Court of the US, where it was affirmed. The case was based on massive voter fraud, and collusion by the Board of Elections.
truth seeker July 05, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Ted that was voter fraud involving absentee ballots. This picture ID stuff for the PA polling places is a different matter all together. http://www.nytimes.com/1994/02/19/us/vote-fraud-ruling-shifts-pennsylvania-senate.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm Here is an article estimating up to 9% of voters do not have a photo ID. http://possibleexperience.blogspot.com/2012/07/pa-gop-steals-votes-from-750000-voters.html
ted.dobracki July 06, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Current photo IDs won't stop all voter fraud, but it would no doubt stop much voter fraud. There certainly has to be additional provisions to prevent all voter fraud. No system will ever be perfect, but current (or recently expired) ID can help stop many forms of voting fraud. In the state where I recently lived and was a poll worker for several elections, they had a very secure system for early voting at central locations, which also involved using current (or recently expired since the last election) photo ID. Proper ID was also crucial for the system we used to efficiently direct people where to go if they showed up at the wrong polling place. It was also made the job easier for our clerks to get people signed in properly, since even the workers who were life-long residents in that precinct didn't know who most of the voters were, and it made it easier to understand the voter's name. Finally, no voter would ever be turned away. If a person didn't have the proper ID, they still could vote provisionally, and would have plenty of time to resolve the issue later, as long as that was within two weeks, which is when the county certified the election. In reality, there were very few cases where this procedure was used. We almost always got people to the right place. The few provisional ballots we ever used at my site were for people who weren't registered at all or didn't want to go to the right place and not because of missing or faulty ID.
ted.dobracki July 06, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Patrick, the turnout statistics that you cite for the 2012 primary are not surprising, considering the fact that the top two races in PA (POTUS and US Senator) were still contested on the Republican side but were completely uncontested on the Democratic side. From that, we can conclude that your failure in the spring special election was bad luck to be in this primary. Democrats had little of consequence to vote for in their primary so the only reason for them to show up locally was to vote in your special race. Many were likely totally unaware. Considering those circumstances, it's actually quite remarkable that you did as well as you did in the special election! To illustrate how variable voting turnout can be in a primary, consider the following. At a polling place that I have supervised in Indiana, 293 Republican and 75 Democrats appeared for the primary in 2012. In 2008, when the very hot presidential contest was on the Democratic side, but where the Republican side was essentially decided, the turnout by party was completely reversed. Only 207 Republicans (30% lower) presented themselves, but 688 Democrats showed up. (almost 800% higher!) In other words, fewer than 12% of the Democrats who showed for the 2008 primary (which coincidentally was the first election where foto ID was required) showed up again in 2012. The turnout by party in PA was similarily motivated for 2012 primary.

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