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05/11/2017

Secretary of State reminds Pennsylvanians to Visit votesPA.com for Comprehensive Voting Information

Harrisburg, PA - In preparation for Pennsylvania’s primary election, Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés reminds Pennsylvanians to visit votesPA.com for comprehensive voting information.

“The goal of votesPA is to provide valuable information voters will need when they go to the polls on May 16,” Cortés said. “We encourage all eligible voters to be fully informed about their rights and what they can expect at the polling place.”

At votesPA.com, citizens can:

Additionally, votesPA.com includes a link to the Department’s voter education toolkit Everyone votesPA. The toolkit includes a Voter Guide (PDF), “The Top 5 Things Every Voter Should Know About Pennsylvania Elections,” (PDF) and “Dates to Remember” (PDF). Each publication is available to download and print in English or Spanish.

On May 16, the polls will be open from 7 AM to 8 PM as registered Democratic and Republican voters elect their parties’ nominees for:

  • Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania
  • Judge of the Commonwealth Court
  • Judge of the Court of Common Pleas
  • Judge of the Municipal Court (Philadelphia)
  • County, school board, and local seats such as mayor, city or borough council member, township commissioner or supervisor, magisterial district judges, and precinct election officials.

Because Pennsylvania has a closed primary, only voters registered as Democrats or Republicans can vote for the party nominees. However, every registered voter may vote on any referendum or question on the ballot. This year’s primary will include no statewide referenda, but check with county election offices regarding local ballot questions.

In addition, Secretary Cortés reminded registered voters that they have the right to cast a provisional ballot at the polling place if they believe they are registered at the precinct but are not listed in the poll book or supplemental poll book. Provisional ballots will be reviewed by county officials within seven days after the election to determine whether the voter was eligible.

Voters appearing at a polling place for the first time will need to show proper identification, which may be either photo or non-photo ID. There is no identification requirement for voters returning to vote at a polling place the second or subsequent election.

A voter is also entitled to have assistance at the voting booth if he or she is unable to enter the booth or use the balloting system. The voter can choose who will provide the assistance, except for the voter’s employer, an agent of the employer, an officer or agent of the voter’s union or the Judge of Elections.

For complete information about voting in Pennsylvania, visit votesPA.com or call 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772).

MEDIA CONTACT: Wanda Murren, (717) 783-1621

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