See You At The Polls!
By: Pedro A. Cortés, Secretary of State
November 02, 2016
It is hard to escape the fact that the November 8 general election is quickly approaching.
At the Pennsylvania Department of State, we have a deep commitment to ensuring a fair, secure and smooth electoral process. Voting is one of our most fundamental rights as citizens. As Pennsylvania’s Chief Election Officer, it is my responsibility to see that every eligible citizen in my jurisdiction has a meaningful opportunity to register and vote.
I am happy to report that there are now more than 8.6 million people in Pennsylvania registered to vote. It is certainly an impressive number and accomplishment. That will not mean much though if the majority of our registrants do not show up at the polls on Election Day. I encourage all registered voters in Pennsylvania to complete their civic duty and cast a ballot.
As the final countdown begins and you decide which candidates to pick, there are a few other important matters to keep in mind. I am talking about your rights as a voter. State and federal laws endow voters with certain protections as they carry out their constitutional right to vote. I encourage you to educate yourself about your rights before going to your polling place. To confirm your registration or locate your polling place, visit votesPA.com for complete voter information.
The Department of State prides itself on providing all eligible voters with voter education resources. One of our great election-related resources is Everyone.votesPA.com. The site offers voter rights information in two easily downloadable brochures. The brochures are: Everyone VotesPA 2016 Voter Guide (PDF) and Top 5 Things Every Pennsylvania Voter Should Know for the 2016 Election (PDF).
You can easily download and print copies of the brochures to take to your polling place. We want every voter to know what to expect and who to contact if an issue arises.
Thank you to the 8.6 million Pennsylvanians who are now registered to vote. Also, I want to congratulate Pennsylvania for embracing our online voter registration (OVR) application. By the close of registration on October 11, nearly 900,000 people had used OVR since it launched in August 2015.
Registering to vote was just the first step. The final step is to let your voice, your vote, count. Please encourage every registered voter you know to go to the polls. Voting is the best way for us to have a say in our economy, justice system, schools, and workforce. It is the best way to bring about the future you envision for your family, your community and your nation. See you at the polls!
Visit on.pa.gov/voting to learn more about voting and elections in Pennsylvania.
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