By Jack M. Treadway
The so much entire kingdom election learn ever undertaken, Elections in Pennsylvania provides information and research for greater than 13,000 common elections and greater than 6,000 fundamental elections held within the nation among 1900 and 1998, with a postscript interpreting in much less element the elections of 2000 and 2002. incorporated are all elections for president, governor, U.S. senators and representatives, statewide places of work, and contributors of the overall meeting. The huge time period coated permits the writer to supply a huge historic viewpoint on electoral developments, distinguishing what are really new advancements in electoral dynamics and vote casting habit in fresh a long time from what are continuations of styles previous within the century.
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Repeat voting was also a frequent occurrence. To attempt to curb these problems, personal registration was prescribed for ﬁrst- and second-class cities in 1906, and third-class cities in 1911. 03 Tread ch1, p 1-23 9/21/05 22 7:37 PM ★ Page 22 Allan S Johnson G4 130g:Pxt jobs archive:#3497 PS elections in pennsylvania Legislation passed in 1937 established a statewide system of personal, permanent registration. According to the law, voters were to appear personally before registration commissions on designated dates prior to the 1937 fall primary.
In fact, the magnitude was much greater then. In 1998, at least 10 percent of the registered voters were independents in sixteen counties, while in 1925 that ﬁgure was reached in thirty counties. Moreover, in Bucks (39 percent), Franklin (37 percent), Lebanon (37 percent), and Warren (33 percent) Counties, the 1925 proportion was greater than 30 percent. In 1998, the highest incidence of independence was 16 percent; in 1925, seventeen counties exceeded that ﬁgure. In 1930, there still were sixteen counties where at least 10 percent of the voters were independents.
The manufacturing sector has also been hard hit; many jobs have been lost to plant closings and to industries relocating to other states. Manufacturing jobs have been replaced primar- 03 Tread ch1, p 1-23 9/21/05 7:37 PM Page 23 Allan S Johnson G4 130g:Pxt jobs archive:#3497 PS pennsylvania then and now ★ 23 ily by service jobs. The state, however, has also added a signiﬁcant number of jobs in high-tech industries. Pennsylvania has become one of the leading technology states. Farm land and farming jobs have also been lost.