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Election Day Tips

Election Day is finally here after what seems like an endless campaign. It will be nice to have a break from those political ads won’t it?

NOTHING is more important than making your voice heard and exercising your right to vote.

Below are some tips for navigating through this important day:

NO PHOTO ID IS REQUIRED

After a sometimes confusing legal battle, the courts have decided that the photo ID requirement will not be in effect for this election. That means that officials at your polling place may ask for ID but you will not be required to show it.

BUT - Keep in mind though, that if you are a first time voter, YOU WILL BE ASKED TO SHOW ID.  Any of the usual photo ID types are acceptable (driver’s license, state ID, student or employee ID), but you may also use a bank statement, utility bill, government check, etc. – anything that verifies your identity and place of residence.

Even though it’s not a requirement, having a photo ID or your registration card on you may be helpful and it’s not a bad habit to get into.

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE AT THE POLLS BECAUSE OF A DISABILITY, ASK FOR IT

Under federal and Pennsylvania law, if you cannot enter the voting booth or use the voting system due to a disability, you can select a person to enter the voting booth with you to provide assistance. You can choose anyone to assist, except for your employer, an agent of your employer, an officer or agent of your union or the Judge of Elections. The first time you use assistance, you will have to complete and sign a form provided by the Election Officials at the polling place. After the first time, your registration record will include notation of your request for assistance.

IF YOUR NAME DOES NOT APPEAR ON THE LIST OF REGISTERED VOTERS AT YOUR POLLING PLACE, CAST A PROVISIONAL BALLOT

A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there is some question regarding a voter’s eligibility.

County Election Officials will examine the provisional ballots within seven days after an election to determine whether you were entitled to vote in the election at the election district where you voted.

WHEN TO VOTE

In Pennsylvania, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The busiest times of day to vote are before and after normal working hours. If you can, try going at less-busy times. If you are in line by the time the polls close (8 p.m.), you must be allowed to cast your vote.

PROBLEMS WITH VOTING

Notify the officials at your polling place and then contact the County Board of Elections or call 1-877-VOTES-PA.

Now Go Vote!!!