PA Primary Election 2020 - Have your voice heard!
When we vote, we elect leaders who make decisions on issues that affect our lives. In Pennsylvania, you must be registered by Monday, May 18 to have your voice heard in the June 2 election for presidential candidates. (DOWNLOAD a poster you can hang in your shelter or affordable housing program.)
TUESDAY, JUNE 2 is Election Day! and the 8 pm deadline for your mail-in ballot to be hand delivered in all counties. (see below for options) Polls are open from 7 am - 8 pm.
- 6/1/20 UPDATE: Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order extending the deadline for county election offices in Allegheny, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties to receive absentee or mail-in ballots by mail until 5 p.m. June 9, 2020. The ballot must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The deadline to hand deliver absentee or mail-in ballots remains 8 p.m. June 2, 2020. All other counties must receive mail-in or absentee ballots before 8 p.m. June 2, 2020.
I want to vote in person on June 2. Where is my polling site?
- If you wish to vote in-person, check http://www.bit.ly/checkvotereg or https://www.philadelphiavotes.com to find your polling place.
- Polls are open from 7 AM - 8 PM. (NOTE: Philly will have 80% less polling places because of COVID-19 challenges so CONFIRM YOUR POLLING PLACE.)
- Learn how to use the new machines in Philadelphia.
You have the right & freedom to vote!
- Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you have issues voting or have questions about your voting rights or polling place, and you’ll be connected to a nonpartisan trained volunteer who can help you.
How do I turn in the Pennsylvania Mail-in Ballot?
- MAIL YOUR BALLOT - Mail-in ballots in these counties (Allegheny, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Montgomery and Philadelphia) must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, June 2. Voters can now go to a post office, June 2, to put their mail-in ballot in the mail. It must be received by 5pm on June 9.
- DELIVER Your applications and ballot may be delivered to your county election office or designated pick-up spot as late as 8 pm on Election Day.
Philadelphia Mail-in Ballot and Absentee Ballot Delivery Options until 8pm on Election Day:
- City Hall, drop box located between the Catto Statue and the south entrance of City Hall. Check out this photo!
- Board of Elections Office at 520 N. Columbus Blvd (Spring Garden entrance)
- Neighborhood Options For Mobile Drop Off Location for Mail-In-Ballot: https://www.philadelphiavotes.com/en/home/item/1815-election_day_drop-of...
- You must deliver it yourself. A note from the Election Commissioners: "Please remember, voters may only drop off their own ballot unless the voter is physically unable to personally submit their Absentee or Mail-in Ballot and has designated an agent to deliver their ballot and the completed forms are submitted with the ballot. The Designation and Certification of Agent Forms can be downloaded here." (Helpful tip from My Family Votes: If you're disabled (temporarily or permanently), you may have a trusted family member or friend pick up the application/ballot for you. You both must sign the Designation of Agent form. No printer, no problem. Carefully copy the words down on a sheet of paper for both of you to sign. Your friend or family member must show the form to the office staffer.)
- Additional Mail-in Ballot Drop-off Information for many Pennsylvania counties: https://seventy.org/publications/elections-voting/mail-in-ballot-drop-of...
Additional Mail-in Ballot Information:
- Already applied for a mail-in ballot, and wondering where it is or if your vote was counted? If you’ve already applied for a ballot you can check your status at https://votespa.com/MailBallotStatus and you do not need to apply again!
- If you cannot hand deliver your ballot to the Board of Elections: You can still go your polling location. Bring your ballot to your polling location, rip it up in front of an election worker, and vote in person.
- What if your mail-in ballot doesn’t comes in the mail? Call the election office for your county. Explain your situation and request a “replacement ballot.” To get connected to your county, call 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772). (NOTE: The Philadelphia County Board of Elections is 215-686-3469, but voters are reporting difficulty connecting so call 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) and explain that you tried to call your local board of elections.) If this doesn't work, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE to get assistance and/or file a complaint.
- What if your mail-in ballot did not come in time? Anyone who requested a mail ballot can vote in person on a provisional (paper) ballot. You won’t be allowed to vote on the city’s new voting machines, but you can vote by paper ballot and it will be counted later. YOU STILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE!
- Make sure to still sign your ballot and seal it in the privacy envelope that it came with.
- How do I fill out the mail-in ballot? Check out this helpful video: "What's In The Mail?" - How to Complete a Pennsylvania Mail-in Ballot - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjEmDYn6bb8
I didn't apply for a mail-in ballot and can't get to the polls. Do I have any other options?
- For Emergencies After the May 26th Deadline: Any voter who has not applied for a mail-in or absentee ballot may apply for an emergency absentee ballot if they are unable to vote at the polls because they are ill, disabled, or traveling outside of their voting district. Helpful details located here: https://myfamilyvotes.com/faq/#emergency. You can download the application here.
What’s on the ballot?
- 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION VOTER GUIDE - https://seventy.org/publications/elections-voting
How Do I Vote Safely at the Polls?
- While vote-by-mail is encouraged as the safest voting option this election cycle, we understand that voters may need or choose to vote at physical polling locations. If you are planning to or must vote in person, please make safety a priority. Continue to social distance and wear protective face masks and other necessary protective gear.
- According to the City of Philadelphia, "Hand sanitizer will be available and every voter will be provided a plastic glove to prevent shared transmission by the pens and the touch screens."
- To personally be prepared, you can bring your own pen to use, if necessary, for filling out any information. Bring any personal sanitizer to use while voting.
Additional helpful resources:
- Philadelphia Inquirer: Voting is different in Philly this year. Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday’s coronavirus primary. https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/coronavirus-philadelphia-pa-2...
- My Family Votes FAQ - https://myfamilyvotes.com/faq/
- Committee of Seventy - https://wevote.seventy.org/vote-by-mail-faq and https://seventy.org/
Who can vote in Pennsylvania?
- Citizens over the age of 18 and who registered on or before May 18, 2020. You can vote if you are on probation or on parole, serving time for a misdemeanor, in jail awaiting trial, on house arrest, or have a previous felony. Voters registered as Democrats or Republicans may vote in their party’s Primary Election. Registered voters with no party affiliation may only vote on ballot questions during the Primary Election.
Want to register to vote for the November election?
- Use and share this easy link to register or change your address: www.projecthome.org/register-vote
Visit www.voteforhomes.org for more information and voter education materials. This is an important time, and an important election. Together we can work to ensure that all voices are heard and we can hold our elected leaders accountable.