BLOG: Everything You Need To Know for Election Day

By: Pedro Cortés, Secretary of State

April 25, 2016

Today, as Pennsylvania’s Chief Election Officer, I am reminding all Pennsylvanians that they can find comprehensive voting information at the Department of State’s website, votesPA.com in order to have a successful election day.

The goal of votesPA is to provide the valuable information voters will need when they go to the polls. All eligible voters are encouraged to be fully informed about their rights and what they can expect at their respective polling place.

At votesPA.com, Pennsylvanians can:

Additionally, votesPA.com includes a direct link to the department’s new voter education toolkit Everyone.votesPA.com. Visitors to the site will find a 2016 Voter Guide and “The Top 5 Things Every Pennsylvanian Should Know About 2016 Elections.” Both publications are available to download and print.

Tomorrow, the polls will be open from 7 AM to 8 PM as registered Democratic and Republican voters elect their parties’ nominees for:

  • President of the United States
  • One of Pennsylvania’s two U.S. Senators
  • All of the state’s 18 members in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • PA Attorney General
  • PA Auditor General
  • PA Treasurer
  • Half of Pennsylvania’s state senators
  • All of the state house representatives
  • Delegates and alternate delegates to each party’s convention

Because Pennsylvania has a closed primary, only voters registered as Democrats or Republicans can vote for the party nominees. However, every registered voter may vote on any referendum or question on the ballot. The primary election ballot this year will include at least one question involving a proposed amendment to the state Constitution.

In addition, I want to remind registered voters that they have the right to cast a provisional ballot at the polling place if they believe they are registered at the precinct but are not listed in the pollbook. Provisional ballots will be reviewed by county officials within seven days after the election to determine whether the voter was eligible.

Voters appearing at a polling place for the first time will need to show proper identification, which may be either photo or non-photo ID. There is no identification requirement for voters returning to vote at a polling place the second or subsequent election.

A voter is also entitled to have assistance at the voting booth if he or she is unable to enter the booth or use the balloting system. The voter can choose who will provide the assistance, except for the voter’s employer, an agent of the employer, an officer or agent of the voter’s union or the Judge of Elections.

If you are already registered, be sure to go out and vote tomorrow, because voting is one of our most fundamental rights as citizens!

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