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FROM: Dr. Melanie Blumberg RE: Election Day - November 7, 2017
10/31/2017 3:39:42 PM
To: Students, Faculty, Staff

Election Day


November 7, 2017


Here is what you need to know:

  • On Election Day polls are open from 7AM - 8PM.
  • Pennsylvania also offers emergency absentee ballots for voters who did not know or have reason to apply for an absentee ballot before the regular deadline. Applications for emergency absentee ballots must be notarized and submitted to your county board of elections by 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day.
  • Voters are required to provide their PA driver’s license or ID number, the last 4 digits of their Social Security Number or a copy of an ID when applying for an absentee ballot. Students may use a photocopy of a photo student ID card from an accredited public or private institution of higher learning in PA as ID.

How do I find my polling place?

  • Your polling place location is printed on your voter registration card.
  • Call your county election office.
  • Look it up online at

Do I need any identification (ID) to vote?

If you have voted at your polling location before, you do not need to bring 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.

Acceptable IDs for first-time voters:

  • Driver’s license
  • U.S. passport
  • Military, student, or employee ID
  • Voter registration card
  • Firearm permit
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check
  • Any ID issued by the commonwealth or federal government

Note: An ID without your photo must have your address on it.

What if my name isn’t in the poll book?

The local officials at your poll should call the County Board of Elections to determine if you are registered. If you are, you should be able to vote normally.

What if I’m in the wrong precinct?

If you are registered but in the wrong precinct, you should go to the correct precinct.

What if the County Board of Elections cannot find my name?

If you believe you were registered and omitted from the poll book, you may vote a provisional ballot.

What is a provisional ballot?

A provisional ballot is a paper ballot which should be provided to voters who believe they are registered voters but whose names are not on the rolls, or first-time voters who do not provide ID at the polls on Election Day.

Can my right to vote be challenged?

Yes, but only for certain reasons and by certain people. A poll worker, 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 (have a witness come to the polling location with you).

For Election Day issues contact the Election Protection hotline (866-OUR-VOTE).