SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Government That Works, The Blog, Voting & Elections Today is the day: April 26th is the Pennsylvania primary. Registered voters in the Republican and Democratic parties will head to the polls to make their choice for President of the United States, United States Senator, statewide row offices and most of the state legislative seats in Pennsylvania.Polls are open from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM — Go vote!After the polls close, you can head over to the Department of State’s election-night returns website, which offers up-to-the-minute statewide results.The portal allows users to customize searches, receive timely updates and view results on mobile devices. The site also provides direct links to each county’s election results website.Visitors to the site can take advantage of a location-based service through the “My County” link which instantly brings up results for the county in which the user is located.The election returns website can be accessed on the Department of State’s home page at dos.pa.gov. The Department will have results on the site as it receives reports from Pennsylvania’s 67 counties after the polls close at 8 PM on Election Day.Miss the registration deadline for the primary? It is never too early to register online so you can participate in the 2016 General Election on Tuesday, November 8th. By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf April 26, 2016 BLOG: How to Follow Pennsylvania Primary Election Returns
“Practically speaking, items on the public agenda often come to an abrupt halt over the summer months, but we cannot afford to let this happen.” Irish policymakers should “not to take their foot off the gas” regarding pension system reforms to ensure the country does not fall further behind its targets, the head of the country’s pension fund trade body has said.The government has met just six of 35 target deadlines it set out last year in its ambitious “roadmap” for reform Ireland’s pension system, according to the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF). Among its planned reforms are the introduction of a national auto-enrolment regime for pension funds, and the implementation of the EU’s IORP II directive.Addressing a conference in Dublin yesterday, Eunice Dreelan, chair of the IAPF, said: “I believe it is fair to say that the mood of optimism that was felt at the launch of the roadmap last year has changed to one of frustration. We are asking government to continue its consultation, to ensure the aspirations of full pension coverage for workers in Ireland is effectively achieved.“All stakeholders should be looking at this through the prism of the pension timebomb that is ever present in Ireland today. This is a can that we cannot afford to kick down the road. We need to keep momentum going if we are going to get the policies that are needed across the line. The government simply cannot take their foot off the gas. Eunice Dreelan, chair, IAPFEarlier this year the IAPF warned there had been little action from the government on its pension reform targets, and lamented a lack of communication from policymakers.IORP IIThe government has yet to publish its finalised framework for an auto-enrolment regime, and has not yet implemented the IORP II directive. The EU’s deadline for implementation was January.IORP II was “one of the most urgent matters” for ministers to address, the IAPF said, as it was set to introduce demanding new governance and disclosure requirements for Irish pension schemes.The uncertainty is of particular concern to Ireland’s smallest pension schemes, which could be hit with a wave of new requirements from the directive. The EU allows for schemes with fewer than 100 members to be made exempt from the directive, but the Irish government has indicated that it does not intend to invoke this exemption. “While the government has indicated that it does not intend to avail of the derogation, we do not think that this is the most appropriate course of action at this time,” Dreelan said.“Adding onerous and costly regulatory requirements to smaller schemes throughout the country at this time will result in employers opting to simply discontinue these schemes, without putting any alternatives in place, instead favouring to wait until the auto-enrolment initiative is rolled out – which at the earliest will be three years from now.”Regina Doherty, minister for employment affairs and social protection, told a separate industry conference this week that Ireland was at an “advanced stage” of drafting legislation to implement IORP II.Dreelan, director of strategy and change at Irish Life Financial Services, took over as chair of the IAPF from Peter Fahy this month.