PENNSYLVANIA – As Pennsylvanians are targeted by extremist and anti-equality politicians trying to disenfranchise LGBTQ+ people, women and people of color, the Human Rights Campaign PAC (HRC PAC) has mobilized voters in support of pro -equality, pro-choice and pro-democracy candidates across the state. HRC PAC is committed to engaging volunteers, members and supporters to mobilize Pennsylvania’s 3 million equality voters to support pro-equality candidates up and down the ballot.
HRC-endorsed candidates include Josh Shapiro for governor, John Fetterman for U.S. Senate, Summer Lee and Chris Deluzio for Congress, and a slate of pro-equality champions for the Pennsylvania House and Senate races. Additional priority races include Congresswoman Susan Wild’s re-election race in the Lehigh Valley, Congressman Matt Cartwright’s re-election race in Northeast AP, and a number of state legislative seats. in Bucks County.
In addition to direct voter contact work, the HRC continues to share factual information so that trans, non-binary and LGBTQ+ voters can vote safely in this year’s election, and has organized a social community for voters Equality in the Philadelphia area, where HRC team members and trusted messengers from the LGBTQ+ community answered questions about voting, candidates and politics for this year’s election.
Prior to Election Day, Pennsylvania State Director of the Human Rights Campaign, Ryan Matthews, released the following statement:
“The stakes couldn’t be higher and the choice couldn’t be clearer in Pennsylvania’s midterm elections. We need Josh Shapiro in the Governor’s mansion, we need John Fetterman in the US Senate, and we need equality champions representing us in Congress and the state legislature. We have approved a slate of candidates who will stand up for LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians, protect our democracy, and ensure everyone in the Keystone State has the opportunity to not just get through this, but move forward.
A poll released in September by the HRC showed that about two-thirds (64%) of likely voters in the 2022 battleground states – Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – support legislation “protecting the national right to same-sex marriage.”
69% of Pennsylvania residents support same-sex marriage, according to a 2021 PRRI survey.
According to a report by the Human Rights Campaign and Bowling Green State University, LGBTQ+ Americans are set to become one of the nation’s fastest growing electoral blocs, at a scale, scope and speed that will fundamentally reshape the landscape. American election. The report — Voting for Equality: The Projected Growth of the LGBTQ+ Voting Bloc in the Coming Years – plans that by 2030 around one in seven voters will be LGBTQ+, a big increase from the current one in ten. The LGBTQ+ bloc is expected to continue to rise over the next decade, approaching one in five voters by 2040, emerging as one of the nation’s most influential constituencies whose impact will permanently transform and reshape the landscape. American election.
HRC’s Commitment to Pennsylvania
Equality voters, including Pennsylvania’s 3 million, are a voting bloc of demographically and geographically diverse Americans who are united by the advancement of LGBTQ+ equality. Equality Voters are younger, more racially diverse and more female than the general electorate, they recognize and trust the HRC brand, and they are more likely to identify with issue-specific organizations than to candidates or political parties.
HRC has had staff and resources on the ground in Pennsylvania since 2017. Across the country, HRC PAC works every day to elect pro-equality leaders who support policies that will support the rights and lives of LGBTQ+ people. During the 2020 election cycle, HRC field staff recruited 5,800 individual volunteers across the country who completed 28,500 hours of voter contact in over 2,650 volunteer events. HRC engaged in strong digital and online GOTV efforts, including sending over 2.7 million person-to-person text messages, a massive increase from 2018 when approximately 500,000 texts were sent . HRC sent over 2.5 million letters, had over 930,000 phone conversations with voters and engaged over 200,000 voters through the HRC Voter Dashboard at hrc.org/vote.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ+ people are considered full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
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