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Boscola Bulletin

VOTING Edition

We are about a week away from a very important election!  I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of some pertinent dates & information to assist in your planning for Election Day.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
You have the right to vote if you’re in line when the polls close.

DEADLINE ALERT! If you are unable to physically vote at your assigned polling place on Election Day and are in need of applying for an Absentee Ballot, you must have your application in the County Voter Registration Office by 5p, tomorrow, October 30th, 2018.  Once you have received your ballot, it will need to be back to the County Voter Registration Office by 5pm on November 2nd, 2018.  For more information on voting by Absentee Ballot, please click here.
(*Postmarks do NOT mean ‘received’.*)

Unfortunately, it is too late to register to vote for THIS election – however if you are unsure of the status of your registration, please check by visiting https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx.  

Also, if you are registered and unsure of your polling place, you can visit the Polling Place Search Tool by visiting https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/PollingPlaceInfo.aspx.

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KNOW YOUR VOTING RIGHTS!

CAN MY VOTE BE CHALLENGED?

Yes, but only for certain reasons and by certain people. An election official, poll watcher, or other voter may only challenge a voter on the grounds that the voter does not live in the precinct or the voter is not the person the voter says he or she is. The voter may still vote normally by signing a challenge affidavit and producing a witness to vouch for him or her. Call the Election Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) if you need assistance.

WHO IS ALLOWED IN A POLLING PLACE?

Only precinct election officials, clerks, machine inspectors, watchers, no more than 10 persons in the process of voting, persons lawfully giving assistance to voters, and police officers in the act of voting or who have been called to the polling place to preserve the peace, are allowed inside or within 10 feet of the polling place while voting is in progress. Everyone else, including individuals handing out campaign literature, must remain at least 10 feet away.

WHAT IF I’M NOT ON THE VOTER LIST?

First, ask the election official to check the list again or to look at the supplemental list, which is a list of recent changes to the voting rolls. Offer to spell your name.

If an election official tells you that you are at the wrong polling place, ask for help finding the right polling place. You can also call your county board of elections or look up your polling place at votespa.com. If you believe you’re at the right polling place but your name isn’t on the voter list, ask for a provisional ballot.

WHAT IS A PROVISIONAL BALLOT?

A provisional ballot is used to record your vote when there’s a question about your eligibility. It will only be counted if election officials determine after the election that you were eligible to vote. You should use a provisional ballot only if there is no other way for you to vote.

WHAT IF THE VOTING MACHINE IS BROKEN?

Report all broken equipment to 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) and to your county board of elections. If half or more of the voting equipment is not working, election officials must allow you to vote with a paper ballot known as an emergency paper ballot.

DO I NEED ANY ID TO VOTE?

Only voters who are voting for the first time in their election district need to show ID. Acceptable ID includes both photo and non-photo ID. (*Non-photo ID must have your address on it.*)

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