You vote matters. While the election process for the 45th president of the Unites States has captured much of the media attention, it's important to remember that your vote for state and local government officials also can have a dramatic effect on the policies that may be implemented. Learn more about the candidates in your area--their views and platforms prior to election day and make informed decisions.
Candidates and elected officials pay attention to voters. They are elected by us to represent the strengths and needs of our communities. They are aware of which communities have a high voter turnout rate and in what numbers, which mean the more people who vote in the general election November 8, the more attention and accountability elected officials will give to your community.
Where do I go to vote?
To vote, you must go to the polling place that corresponds to your address. You can find your polling place location and directions by visiting Votes PA (Votes PA, 30 August 2016).
Do I need a driver’s license or other identification to vote?
No. Unless you are a fist time voter at that polling place, you do not need a form of identification. If you are a first time voter, acceptable forms of identification include PENNDOT issued license, ID issued by any Commonwealth or U.S. government agency, U.S. passport, U.S. Armed forced ID, student ID, employee ID, and/or recent utility statement.
What if I need help when I am at my polling place?
You have the right to assistance when voting. This may be due to language, literacy, and/or disabilities. For more information about receiving assistance for voters with disabilities, please visit League of Women Voters (League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, 30 August 2016).
Becoming an Informed Voter:
Before heading to the polls on November 8, it is important to understand what is going to be on the ballot. In Pennsylvania, there are various positions and offices available for reelection. The following positions are up for election on the general election ballot:
- President of the United States
- United States Senator
- House of Representative in Congress
- PA Attorney General
- PA Auditor General
- PA Treasurer
- Senator in PA General Assembly (in some districts)
- Representative in PA General Assembly
- Ballot measure regarding Judicial Retirement Age Amendment.
Becoming an informed voter can be quick and easy. Resources, such as BallotPedia (6 September 2016) and Committee of Seventy (6 September 2016), offer information for informing voters including: sample ballots, side-by-side comparison of candidate political stances, and local policy issues.
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