2020 Voter Information

                                               

Are You Ready to Vote in 2020?


Election Day 2020 is Tuesday, November 3. This year is an important election year, and the UAC Family wants to make sure that all of our friends, families, and neighbors are empowered to excerise their right to vote.

What you may not know is that there are BIG changes to election laws (in Pennsylvania) that make voting easier and more accessible for millions of voters across the Commonwealth.

Here’s what you should know to be ready to vote in 2020:



Voting Basics


1.  Register


The last day to register to vote in PA is Monday, October 19. Register here.


 

2.  Confirm. 

Make sure you’ve successfully registered to vote in this election. Check your registration status.


3.  Know your rights and responsibilities as a voter.


  4.  Plan ahead: View a sample ballot.


 5. VOTE!


 


New Voting Systems


If you vote in person on election day, you may use new voting equipment for the first time. These new systems provide a paper record to ensure accuracy, and you will have the opportunity to confirm your choices on a paper record before casting your vote. Plus, the new systems are easy to use and have accessible features to make voting easy and convenient for voters with disabilities. 

 

Go to VotesPA.com/readytovote to explore your county’s voting system. Do your part by being a prepared voter before you head to your polling place. This will help things run smoothly on election day.

 

 

 

Early Voting Sites in Philadelphia


Philadelphia officials approved a plan to open 15 new satellite elections offices where voters will be able to request, receive, fill out, and submit a mail ballot in one stop. Individuals will also be able to visit the offices and register to vote, request a mail ballot to take home, or drop off a completed ballot. The offices will be open seven days a week running through Election Day on Nov. 3. They will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays through SundaysBelow is the list of early voting sites with opening date information. 


LocationAddressOpening date
City Hall Room 140*1400 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA, 191079/29/20
George Washington High School10175 Bustleton Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 191169/29/20
The Liacouras Center1776 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA, 191219/29/20
Roxborough High School6498 Ridge Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 191289/29/20
Tilden Middle School6601 Elmwood Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 191429/29/20
Julia De Burgos Elementary401 W. Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 191339/29/20
Overbrook Elementary School2032 N. 62nd St., Philadelphia, PA, 191519/29/20
Riverview Place, 1st Floor*520 N Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA, 19123TBD
Joseph H. Brown School3600 Stanwood St., Philadelphia, PA, 19136TBD
Harding Middle School2000 Wakeling St., Philadelphia, PA, 19124TBD
J Hampton Moore School6900 Summerdale Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19111TBD
A. B. Day School6324 Crittenden St., Philadelphia, PA, 19138TBD
Mastbaum High School3116 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19134TBD
Creative And Performing Arts901 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA, 19147TBD
Feltonville Intermediate School238 E. Wyoming Ave., Philadelphia, PA, 19120TBD
Julia Ward Howe School5800 N. 13th St., Philadelphia, PA, 19141TBD
Alain Locke School4550 Haverford Ave. Philadelphia, PA, 19139TBD

*Source: Philadelphia City Commissioners

Important Reminder for Upcoming Election: No Naked Ballots

 

Mail-in ballots come with two envelopes—a “secrecy envelope” and a “Voter Declaration envelope.” Nobody needs to know those terms, but you do have to remember to include both envelopes, and sign the outside one. If you don’t include both envelopes, your vote won’t be counted, according to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court opinion. According to some projections, based on the rates at which people did not include the secrecy ballot during the primary, this could lead to as many as 20,000 votes in Philadelphia not being counted, and as many as 100,000 in Pennsylvania overall. Please share this information with your networks so every Mail-in ballot vote counts! 


UAC Partner: Better Civics - a nonprofit nonprofit promoting voting & civic participation


UAC Program Partner, Better Civics is a non-partisan non-profit revolutionizing Civic Engagement and Voter Participation. Better Civics was created to serve as the connective tissue between encouraging people to vote and empowering communities to be their own advocates. 

  

People need better access to clear information on how to be civically engaged, including education on how government works, how to serve their community, and why voting matters. Better Civics is taking on the responsibility of highlighting the right information in easy, accessible, and actionable ways.


Check out their next event: Four Corner Vote Safe Block Parties

Sunday, October 11, 2020 from 12:00 PM  3:00 PM at Smith Playground2100 S 24th St Philadelphia, PA 19145 (map)

 

Presented by Unity in the Community and Better Civics, and in partnership with All Voting is Local, Black Votes Matter, Team Inc., and the Philadelphia 76ers Foundation. They’ll have food, music, and all you need in order to make your voice heard and your vote count on November 3rd.


Other Resources & Links


 

                                   

1. Register! The deadline is Monday, October 19. Register here.

         2. Confirm. Make sure you’ve successfully registered to vote in this election. Check your registration status.

         3. VOTE! 

·         In-Person Voting: Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3. Find your polling place.

·         Vote-by-Mail/Absentee: You can vote by mail for any reason. Your ballot request must be received by 5 p.m., Tuesday, October 27. Apply for an absentee ballot.

·         Early Voting: In-person absentee voting is open through Monday, November 2. Vote at your county election office

        4. Know your rights and responsibilities as a voter.

        5. Plan ahead: View a sample ballot

 

New Voting Systems

If you vote in person on election day, you may use new voting equipment for the first time. These new systems provide a paper record to ensure accuracy, and you will have the opportunity to confirm your choices on a paper record before casting your vote. Plus, the new systems are easy to use and have accessible features to make voting easy and convenient for voters with disabilities. 

Go to VotesPA.com/readytovote to explore your county’s voting system. Do your part by being a prepared voter before you head to your polling place. This will help things run smoothly on election day.

 

Early Voting Sites in Philadelphia

Philadelphia officials approved a plan to open 15 new satellite elections offices where voters will be able to request, receive, fill out, and submit a mail ballot in one stop. Individuals will also be able to visit the offices and register to vote, request a mail ballot to take home, or drop off a completed ballot. The offices will be open seven days a week running through Election Day on Nov. 3. They will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Below is the list of early voting sites with opening date information.