Voting Options 2020 General Election
When we vote, we elect leaders who make decisions on issues that affect our lives. In Pennsylvania, you must be registered by Monday, October 19 to have your voice heard in the November 3 election for presidential candidates. (DOWNLOAD a poster you can hang in your shelter or affordable housing program.)
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 is Election Day! and the 8 pm deadline for your mail-in ballot to be hand delivered in all counties. Polls are open from 7 am - 8 pm.
How do I turn in the Pennsylvania Mail-in Ballot?
- MAIL YOUR BALLOT - Mail-in ballots must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, November 3 by 8pm. It must be received by 5pm on November 6 to be counted.
- DELIVER - Your applications and ballot may be delivered to your county election office, neighborhood voting centers, or drop box as late as 8 pm on Election Day.
- Philadelphia Mail-in Ballot Voting Centers (helpful Philly map where you can search by address!)
- All Pennsylvania Counties
Philadelphia Mail-In Voting Center Satellite Election Offices are open every day through Election Day.
- On Tuesday, October 27th at the 5 pm deadline, they will cut the line for all those who are in line and will be able to have their application processed. Anyone who is not in line at 5pm for a Vote By Mail application will be turned away. The office will then transition to essentially drop box locations and will be able to issue replacement ballots for those who already requested on in the state system.
- On Election Day, these offices will be open until 8:00pm the same principle applies for everyone that is in line at 8pm will be allowed in to drop off ballots for those who come after 8 pm they will be turned away. Here is the website to look up the satellite office: https://www.phila.gov/voting
- You must deliver it yourself.
- A note from the Election Commissioners: "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 Tips
- If you cannot hand deliver your ballot to the Board of Elections: You can still go your polling location. Bring your ballot and voter declaration envelope to your polling location, sign that you have not already voted, 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.
- In Philadelphia, you can also go to any of the satellite places and re-do the application process: Apply, fill out ballot, drop ballot, get "I VOTED" sticker!
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!
How do I fill out the mail-in ballot?
- Make sure to still sign your ballot and seal it in the privacy envelope that it came with.
- Check out this helpful Tweet & video!
I want to vote in person on November 3. Where is my polling site?
Polls are open from 7 AM - 8 PM. (CONFIRM YOUR POLLING PLACE because of COVID-19 challenges)
Learn how to use the new machines in Philadelphia.
You have the right & freedom to vote!
Call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) 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
Voter Rights Info: www.aclupa.org/vote
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 October 27th 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 GENERAL ELECTION VOTER GUIDE including ballot questions - https://www.vote411.org/ballot
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 Philly Mag, "the county commissioners office will provide hand sanitizer, masks, plastic screens for election boards and enough gloves for every potential voter."
- 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:
- 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 October 19, 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.
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.