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VOTING PROCESS - I

 

We elect Federal, State, & Local representatives to represent us at all three levels.
If we don’t vote, others choose our representatives and the issues they champion.
Don’t vote? Don’t complain.

 

The lowest turnout is for local elections - the elections that have the most impact on our daily lives.

 

You are eligible to vote if you are a US Citizen who is age 18 or older... and register.

 

When you register, you have to choose a party.

Choose one that aligns with your values and/or one that lets you vote in primary elections. Only Democrats and Republicans vote in primaries in PA.

 

You can register online, by mail, at a photo license center, at a registration drive.

https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/VoterRegistrationApplication.aspx

 

http://www.dos.pa.gov/VotingElections/Voters/Documents/Votespa/OnlineVoterRegFormBlank.pdf 

 

Know how to reach your county election office. That office can help you register, tell you where your polling station is, provide sample ballots, absentee ballots...

Berks

633 Court St.

Reading

610-478-6490    

 

Lancaster

150 N Queen St.

Lancaster

717-299-8293    

 

Lebanon

400 S 8th St.

Lebanon

717-228-4428

 

Lehigh

17 S 7th St.

Allentown

610-782-3194    

 

Montgomery

439 Swede St.

Norristown

610-278-3280    

 

Schuylkill

420 N Centre St.

Pottsville

570-628-1467

    

York

28 E Market St.

York

717-771-9604    

 

You can also find your polling station at https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/PollingPlaceInfo.aspx 

 

You must show ID the first time you vote at a polling station. If there is difficulty with your registration, the polling station can accept a provisional ballot from you. If you will be away from home on Election Day, you can get an absentee ballot. If you want to vote for someone who is not on the ballot, you can write in a candidate to vote for him/her.

 

VOTING PROCESS

 

Rules and Regulations

You can request assistance in the voting booth if you need it.

You may not take photos inside of the booth.

You should not make calls inside of the booth

 

You will be allowed to vote if you are in line by 8 PM.

 

Candidates and their representatives must stay outside of the polling station, at least 10 feet from the door. No one may try to influence you inside of the polling station. No campaign materials are allowed inside of the polling station.

 

Voter suppression and intimidation

Some voters encounter barriers to registration and voting - Voter suppression is a strategy to influence the outcome of an election by discouraging or preventing people from voting. The tactics of voter suppression range from minor changes to make voting less convenient, to physically intimidating prospective voters - both of which are illegal.
Voter suppression and intimidation most frequently target minorities and people who have lower income.

 

Fraud and Inaccuracies

    Types

False identities - infrequent and unlikely

Compromised technology - infrequent and unlikely (more likely than before)

Gerrymandering - frequent and common - will be covered in Session II

 

Getting informed

BEFORE ELECTION DAY

Get a list of candidates from your county election office

Do some research

Get sample ballots for your precinct from your county election office

If an online sample ballot is not accessible, call or visit the office to get one

Know how you plan to vote before you walk in

 

Make a plan for how you will include voting on election day.

How will it fit into your workday, the schedule for picking up kids, etc.

How will you get there? Car, bus, train, taxi? How long will it take?

Fill in the sample ballots for your precinct from your county election office. 

Know how you plan to vote before you go.

Go do it.

 

Vote in EVERY election - the local elections are where we choose people who will influence our daily lives and incubate tomorrow’s state and national leaders.