Pennsylvania voting issues
This page is part of the Election Protection Wiki,
- 1 Election and registration information
- 2 Governmental election authorities
- 3 Election threats
- 4 State and local non-governmental election organizations
- 5 Articles and resources
Election and registration information
Voter ID requirements
All voters who appear at a polling place for the first time must show proof of identification. Approved forms of photo identification include:
- Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card
- ID issued by any Commonwealth agency
- ID issued by the U.S. Government
- U.S. passport
- U.S. Armed Forces ID
- Student ID
- Employee ID
If you do not have a photo ID, you can use a non-photo identification that includes your name and address. Approved forms of non-photo identification include:
- Confirmation issued by the County Voter Registration Office
- Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth
- Non-photo ID issued by the U.S. Government
- Firearm permit
- Current utility bill
- Current paycheck
- Government check
A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there is some question regarding a voter’s eligibility. You have the right to vote by provisional ballot if:
- Even though you are properly registered and eligible to vote in the election district, your name does not appear on the district register (poll book) and Election Officials cannot determine your registration status.
- You do not have an approved form of identification the first time you appear to vote in an election district (this is required regardless of whether your name appears on the general register).
- An Election Official asserts that you are not eligible to vote. (In a primary election, this includes voters who claim to be registered for a particular political party, but the district register indicates they are registered as a member of another political party.)
You are required to vote by provisional ballot if:
- You are voting as a result of a federal or state court order.
- You are voting as a result of an order extending the time established for closing the polls by state law that is in effect 10 days before an election.
County Election Officials will examine the provisional ballots within seven days after an election to determine whether you were entitled to vote in the election at the election district where you voted.
Provisional Ballot Voting Instructions
If you vote by provisional ballot, you will be asked to follow these instructions:
- Complete and sign the provisional ballot affidavit on the back of the provisional ballot affidavit envelope.
- Complete a provisional ballot in an accessible and private area of the polling place.
- Seal the completed provisional ballot in the secrecy envelope.
- Seal the secrecy envelope in the provisional ballot affidavit envelope.
- Sign the front of the provisional ballot affidavit envelope.
- Return the sealed provisional ballot affidavit envelope to a polling place election official.
- Receive your provisional ballot identification receipt.
For the 2008 election Pennsylvania used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.
Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:
- Election Systems & Software's iVotronic voting machine
- Hart InterCivic's eSlate voting machine.
- Premier Election Solutions' (Diebold) AccuVote-TSX voting machine.
- Sequoia's AVC Advantage voting machine
- Sequoia's AVC Edge voting machine
Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines without a paper trail:
Optical scan machines:
- Election Systems & Software's Model 100 voting machine
- Premier Election Solutions' (Diebold) AccuVote ES 2000 voting machine
Digital scan machines:
Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:
- votesPA: The Pennsylvania Department of State's online voting information and resource center
- Voter registration questions and information - ST-VOTERREG@state.pa.us
- Voting questions and information - ST-HAVA@state.pa.us
- HAVA questions and information - ST-HAVA@state.pa.us
- Alternatively, you can call 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772).
- Use this website to find contact information for your county’s Election and Voter Registration Officials
State and local non-governmental election organizations
Coalition for Voting Integrity
The Committee of Seventy
- Website: http://www.seventy.org/
Description: The Committee of Seventy is a non-partisan organization conducting a permanent campaign to improve the Philadelphia region by demanding ethical conduct of public officials, promoting government efficiency, educating citizens and safeguarding elections. 
- Eight Penn Center
- 1628 JFK Boulevard
- Suite 1002
- Philadelphia, PA 19103
- 215-557-3600 (p) 215-557-3608 (f)
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Concerned Voters of Centre County
- Website: 
League of Women Voters
LWV of Pennsylvania, Andrea Mulrine, President
- 226 Forster St.
- Harrisburg, PA 17102-3220
- Phone: 717-234-1576
- Fax: 717-234-8341
- E-mail: email@example.com
- A-C-J, Montgomery County
- Berks County
- Bucks County
- Carlisle Area
- Central Delaware County
- Centre County
- Chester County
- Clarion County
- Delaware County ILO
- Erie County
- Greater Hazelton Area
- Greater Pittsburgh
- Harrisburg Area
- Haverford Township
- Hershey Area
- Indiana County
- Lackawanna County
- Lancaster County
- Lawrence County
- Lebanon County
- Lehigh County
- Lewisburg Area
- Lower Merion & Narberth
- Meadville Area
- Mercer County
- Monroe County
- Montgomery County (ILO)
- Northampton County
- North Penn-Wissahickon
- Radnor Township
- Southeastern Pennsylvania Region (ILO)
- Springfield Colonial (Montgomery County)
- Susquehanna County
- Valley Forge Area
- Warren County
- Washington County
- Westmoreland County
Description: VotePA, a state-wide non-partisan alliance of groups and individuals fighting for all voting rights and election integrity in Pennsylvania. We were formed in early 2005 to work for fair, accurate, and accessible elections for all in the Keystone State.
- Website: http://www.votepa.us/
- 6093 Pleasant Valley Road
- Irwin, PA 15642
Voter Action's Pennsylvania Information
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for Pennsylvania that helps locate Pennsylvania's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See Pennsylvania Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in Pennsylvania. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's Pennsylvania page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in Pennsylvania.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Pennsylvania page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in Pennsylvania. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Pennsylvania general information page, which provides information on Pennsylvania election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.
- Student Voting Project Pennsylvania a Brennan Center for Justice explanation of student voting rights in Pennsylvania.
Voter Protection Laws in A Nutshell