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Pennsylvania

In America, our responsibility as citizens is to vote. Your state government’s responsibility is to protect that vote. How is your state doing on holding up its end of the bargain?

 

 SAFEGUARD A: PROOF OF RESIDENCY 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD B: ID + SIGNATURE VERIFICATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD C: VERIFIED REGISTRATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 IS MAIL-IN VOTING IN PLACE? 

NO

Election Day

PROBLEM: Pennsylvania’s

April 2020 primary was moved

back to June 2020 – and riddled

with problems.

  • Officials opened only one polling place in every jurisdiction other than Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
     

  • Voters stood in long lines, contradicting CDC recommendations for social distancing and crowd control

  • 2,000 voters in Montgomery County who requested to vote absentee received incorrect ballots
     

  • The slow counting of absentee ballots – only 10% counted in Philadelphia four days after the election – meant that voters did not know the winner until weeks afterwards

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT Pennsylvania

WHERE CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE?

WHERE CAN I FIND MY POLLING PLACE?

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF VOTERS CAST VOTES BY MAIL IN 2016 & 2018?

2016: 4%     2018: 4%

IS THE VOTING SYSTEM SET UP FOR ABSENTEE OR MAIL-IN VOTING?

Absentee voting: Voters complete an absentee ballot request form and return it to their Elections Office before they are sent a ballot

CAN I REQUEST AND SUBMIT AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR ANY REASON?

YES. Pennsylvania refers to their no-excuse absentee voting system as a mail-in ballot system, but both the excuse and the no-excuse ballots require a request form

HOW DO OFFICIALS VERIFY THE LEGITIMACY OF MY

ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICATION?

  • Check signature against record

  • Compare the requestor’s name, address and date of birth on record with the information provided on the ballot request form

IF THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY BALLOT,

WILL OFFICIALS CALL ME TO CORRECT IT?

Yes – voters have six days to “cure” their ballots

WHEN IS MY MAILED BALLOT DUE?

Ballot must be postmarked before Election Day

IS THERE AN EARLY VOTING PERIOD?

NO

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

You can find more information by clicking here

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IT'S HAPPENING
& THE ISSUES ARE REAL

See news stories and editorials that illustrate why mail-in voting results in lost votes and lost rights.

FEWER POLLING STATIONS & longer lines

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Hundreds of people waited for hours at three in-person voting sites in the Las Vegas area, and the only one in Reno, after polling places were reduced due to the coronavirus.

ballot

harvesting

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Duplicate Registrations

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California’s ambitious effort to automate voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle offices produced almost 84,000 duplicate records and more than twice that number with political party mistakes

post office problems

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Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic.

Inaccurate
Voter Rolls

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The Tims were surprised, and a bit amused when they saw what Cody received in the mail. "We have a voter registration application for Cody Tims! How did this happen? It's not reality, he's a cat and he's been dead for a long time," said Carol Tims.

ballots tossed for a simple mistake

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Slightly more than 23,000 ballots were thrown out, mostly because those voters or their witnesses missed at least one line on a form.

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