Voters get your ballots ready

With the general election just two weeks away, political watchdog group Committee of Seventy is getting the word out to voters about deadlines to apply for, and submit absentee ballots, alternative ballots and emergency absentee ballots.

For more information check out the press release below:

MEDIA ADVISORY                                         

APPLICATIONS FOR ABSENTEE AND ALTERNATIVE BALLOTS

FOR PA’S NOVEMBER 8 GENERAL ELECTION 

DUE NO LATER THAN 5 P.M. ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1

PHILADELPHIA – October 25, 2011The Committee of Seventy, a non-partisan organization that fights for fair elections, urges all media outlets to remind Pennsylvania voters of important deadlines to apply for, and to submit, absentee ballots, alternative ballots and emergency absentee ballots in order to vote in the November 8, 2011 Pennsylvania general election.

ALTERNATIVES TO IN-PERSON VOTING

  • Absentee Ballots. Voters who expect to be absent from their home counties on November 8 because of their duties, occupation or business (including leaves of absence for teaching, vacations or sabbaticals) are eligible for an absentee ballot. Voters present in their home county may still qualify for an absentee ballot if they are (a) county employees prevented from voting because of their Election Day duties, (b) observing a religious holiday, (c) in the military or (d) unable to go to the polls or operate a voting machine and obtain assistance by distinct and audible statements.
  • Alternative Ballots:  Voters with a disability, or who are at least 65 years of age and have been assigned to a polling place deemed inaccessible by their county Board of Elections, are eligible to vote by alternative ballot.
  • Emergency Absentee Ballots: Voters who are unable to vote because of an emergency (for example, voters who became ill or will be away from their home county and who could not have known this prior to the deadline for applying for absentee ballots) are eligible to vote by Emergency Absentee Ballot.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Tuesday, November 1 by 5:00 p.m. - Absentee and Alternative Ballot Applications must be received by the voter’s county Board of Elections.

Friday, November 4 by 5:00 p.m. – Voted Civilian Absentee Ballots and Emergency Absentee Ballot Applications must be received by the voter’s county Board of Elections. 

Tuesday, November 8 by 8:00 p.m. – Emergency Absentee Ballots must be received by the voter’s county Board of Elections. Voters seeking emergency absentee ballots must file an application with their county’s Court of Common Pleas and return the voted ballot to their county Board of Elections.

Tuesday, November 8 by 8 p.m. – Voted Alternative Ballots must be received by the voter’s county Board of Elections.

Tuesday, November 15 by 5:00 p.m. - Military and Overseas Absentee Ballots must be received by the voter’s county Board of Elections. Ballots must be postmarked no later than November 7.

COUNTY BOARDS OF ELECTIONS (FIVE COUNTY AREA)

 

Bucks County 

Board of Elections

Chester County Department of Voter Services

Delaware County Bureau of Elections

Montgomery County

Election Board

Philadelphia County

Board of Elections

55 E. Court Street

Doylestown, PA 18901-4318

601 Westtown Road, Suite 150

P.O. Box 2747

West Chester, PA 19380-0990

Government Center Building

201 W. Front Street

Media, PA

19063-2728

Montgomery County Courthouse,

P.O. Box 311

Norristown, PA 19404-0311

Rm. 142 City Hall

Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 348-6163 

(610) 344-6410

(610) 891-4659

(610) 278-3280

(215) 686-3469

The Committee of Seventy is a non-partisan organization fighting for clean and effective government, fair elections and informed citizens.  Complete information on absentee ballots, alternative ballots and emergency absentee ballots – as well as applications forms – is available at: http://www.seventy.org/Elections_Absentee_and_Alternative_Ballot_Information.aspx or www.votespa.com, the Pennsylvania Department of State’s online voting resource center.

 

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