Know Your Voting Rights!

With an anticipated record voter turnout in Pennsylvania on November 4th, it’s important that we all know our voting rights.  So spread the word, and here are some quick facts about voting in Pennsylvania:

  • First-time voters, or voters who have moved and are going to a new polling location, must show some form of identification to vote. Approved forms of ID include: Voter Registration Card, PA Driver’s License, a passport, Armed Forces ID, an Employee ID, a Student ID, utility bill or a bank statement provided it has the person’s address on it.
  • If you don’t have identification, you can still vote by Provisional Ballot.
  • If your name is not listed on the rolls at the polling location, and you are sure this is your precinct, insist on voting by Provisional Ballot. Once your registration is confirmed your vote will be counted.
  • If voting machines break down in your precinct, election officials must immediately provide paper Emergency Ballots to voters.
  • People living in shelters and who have registered to vote using the shelter address can vote.
  • People who are on probation, parole, or house arrest CAN VOTE.
  • People in prison can vote only if they are serving time on a misdemeanor charge or they are awaiting trial (they can vote by Absentee Ballot).

If you experience problems voting or have a question about the process, call the Election Protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.

For any questions related specifically to voting in Pennsylvania, or to find your polling location, you can check out PA Voting Resources.

And for a nonpartisan look at the issues at play in this election, head over to WomenVote PA.

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