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Election Day Next Tuesday!

Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Deadline to Submit Absentee Ballots – TOMORROW!

Tomorrow is the last day to submit an absentee ballot for the Nov. 5 General Election. Any voter who has received an absentee ballot must complete and return the completed ballot to their county of residence’s voter registration office by 5 p.m. tomorrow (Lehigh County Voter Registration Office, 17 W 7th Street, Allentown, PA 18101 / Northampton County Voter Registration Office, 670 Wolf Avenue, Easton, PA  18042.)

Again, completed absentee ballots must be received by the Voter Registration Office by 5 p.m. this Friday, November 1, 2019.

Polling Place Locator

Polling PlaceIf you are a newly-registered voter, have recently moved or have not voted in a while, and are unsure where your polling place is located, you can visit the Polling Place Locator Page offered by the PA Department of State.  You will be asked to enter your county, municipality, house number and street name.  Once that information is entered, the site will inform you of your polling place and provide the address.  You will also be provided an opportunity to enter your name and birth date to determine if you are a registered voter and will also be able to view the ballot you will be presented with at your polling place.  If you are unable to find your polling place on this site, or if any of your information is listed incorrectly on the site, please contact the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office at 610-782-3194 or Northampton County Voter Registration Office at 610-829-6260.

How to Register Election Day Complaints

Vote PAAny registered voter who wishes to file a complaint about alleged election law violations can do so by visiting www.votespa.com and clicking on the “Election Complaints” tab.  The voter will be asked to enter their first and last name, address, county of residence, and date of birth to ensure they are a registered voter.  Once submitted, these complaint forms will be directed to the county election board for the county in which the voter making the complaint resides.  Written statements of complaint are available at all polling places and the Lehigh / Northampton County Voter Registration Offices.  You may also call 1-877-VOTES-PA (1-877-868-3772) to obtain a complaint statement.

Make sure to educate yourself on the new voting machines!

Lehigh County: https://www.lehighcounty.org/Departments/Voter-Registration

Northampton County: https://www.northamptoncounty.org/CTYADMN/ELECTNS/Pages/default.aspx

Don’t forget…the ballot question!

On Election Day, voters will have a chance to vote on an amendment to the PA Constitution that would provide important rights to victims of crime.

The Pennsylvania Marsy's Law Crime Victims Rights Amendment is on the ballot in Pennsylvania as a legislatively referred constitutional amendment on November 5, 2019.

A "yes" vote supports this measure to add specific rights of crime victims, together known as a Marsy's Law, to the Pennsylvania Constitution.

A "no" vote opposes this measure to add specific rights of crime victims, together known as a Marsy's Law, to the Pennsylvania Constitution.

What would this ballot measure change?

The ballot measure would add a section addressing crime victims' rights to the Pennsylvania Constitution Declaration of Rights. The proposed language is modeled on Marsy's Law, a type of constitutional bill of rights for crime victims.

The ballot measure would provide crime victims with 15 specific constitutional rights, including a right to:

  • be treated with fairness and respect for the victim's safety, dignity, and privacy;
  • proceedings free from unreasonable delay and a prompt and final conclusion of the case;
  • have the safety of the victim and victim's family considered when setting the bail amount and release conditions for the accused;
  • reasonable and timely notice of public proceedings involving the criminal conduct;
  • be present at public proceedings involving the criminal conduct;
  • be heard at proceedings where a right of the victim is implicated, including release, sentencing, and parole proceedings;
  • receive notice of any pretrial disposition of the case, with the exception of grand jury proceedings;
  • provide information to be considered before the parole of the offender;
  • reasonable protection from the accused and those acting on the behalf of the accused;
  • reasonable notice of the release or escape of the accused;
  • refuse an interview, deposition or other discovery request made by the accused;
  • full and timely restitution from the person or entity convicted;
  • the prompt return of property when no longer needed as evidence;
  • confer with the government's attorney; and
  • be informed of all rights granted by the amendment.

The ballot measure would define crime victim as a person against whom a criminal offense or delinquent act was committed and who was directly harmed by the offense or act.

PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT
CRIME VICTIM RIGHTS

Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to grant certain rights to crime victims, including to be treated with fairness, respect and dignity; considering their safety in bail proceedings; timely notice and opportunity to take part in public proceedings; reasonable protection from the accused; right to refuse discovery requests made by the accused; restitution and return of property; proceedings free from delay; and to be informed of these rights, so they can enforce them?

Marsy's Law

Marsy’s Law for Pennsylvania is leading the campaign in support of the constitutional amendment.  Marsy’s law would ensure that victims have the same co-equal rights as the accused & convicted – nothing more, nothing less. 

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