This is our final Election Update with important information you will need to vote in Tuesday’s election. We all know that this election will be like none we have seen in our lifetimes. With Pennsylvania being a closely watched swing state, we need to continue to turn out to vote in record numbers, just as we have done with early/mail-in voting.
VOTE BY MAIL
For those who plan to vote by mail-in ballot, if you have not yet mailed your ballot you should NOT put your ballot in the mail! Check here for the drop-box locations in Montgomery County, PA where you can securely deposit your mail-in ballot in an election drop-box by 11/3 to ensure it is timely received and counted:
Although the PA state supreme court has said that all mail-in ballots postmarked by election day (11/3) and received by Friday (11/6) will be counted, that ruling is currently being challenged by Republicans in the US Supreme Court. The validity of the PA state supreme court ruling is, therefore, not assured. Additionally, the USPS is delivering well outside of the allowable 3 day delivery window in many states. So there is no guarantee that your vote, even if postmarked and mailed by 11/3, will be received by 11/6.
If you have already returned your mail-in ballot and you would like to track the status of your mail-in ballot to determine if it has been received by the PA Election Commission, check the PA Voter Services Ballot Tracker.
If you are unsure of the status of your mail-in ballot as of Tuesday (or if you think there may have been errors in your mail-in ballot that may cause it to be rejected), you may appear at your polling place and request to cast a provisional ballot.
IN PERSON VOTING
If you are voting in-person on Tuesday, refer to our last communication for important information on how to cast your vote and what to expect at the polls, including:
- How to confirm the location of your polling place
- Identification requirements for first-time voters
- Safety protocols for all PA polling places
- Accommodations for persons with disabilities
- Expected wait times
If you are turned away at the polls for ANY REASON, including not appearing on the voter rolls, failing to present proper identification, submitting or requesting a mail-in ballot, or for any other reason, you have the right to request to cast a provisional ballot.
Because President Trump has encouraged his supporters to poll watch to prevent alleged voter fraud, there are many concerns for election interference and/or voter intimidation at polling places around the country. If you suspect that you, someone you know, or someone you witnessed may have been the victim of election interference and/or voter intimidation, call 866-OUR-VOTE to report the problem. This is the ACLU’s non-partisan election hotline. They will assist you in responding to the problem.
Remember polls open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm. If you are in line at your polling place by 8:00 pm, you are entitled to cast your ballot.
– The Health & Legislative Committee