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Pennsylvania Election Guide - 2012

Voters Guide for Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania


It's an even-numbered election year, which means it is not only time to vote for President of the United States, but also PA Attorney General, Auditor General and State Treasurer, plus U.S. and State legislature candidates.

Important Election Dates to Remember

General Election Day:
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Polls in Pennsylvania are open from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Last Day to Register to Vote in the Nov. Election:
October 9, 2012 Form must be at the Division of Elections by 5:00 p.m. Not sure if you're already registered? Confirm your voter registration.

Last Day to Apply for an Absentee Ballot:
Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Absentee Ballots Due:
Friday, November 2, 2012 - by 5:00 p.m. at the Division of Elections office

Identification Requirements
If you are voting at your polling place for the first time, you must present your voter ID card or a form of photo identification such as a driver's license, student ID, passport, or other government issued ID. Other acceptable forms of identification include a current utility bill, bank statement or paycheck. If you do not have an acceptable form of ID you will still be allowed to vote by provisional ballot.

Important Note about Photo IDs
A lawsuit has been filed with the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania to overturn the voter ID law passed by the General Assembly in March 2012. An injunction to temporarily suspend the law for the November election has been granted by the court. A photo ID will be requested by polling place officials for all voters, but it is not required and no voter should let the request for an ID prevent him or her from voting.

Provisional Ballots
If your name isn't on the list of registered voters at your polling place, if you don't have required ID, or if for some other reason your voter registration is in question, you still have the right to vote by provisional ballot. These provisional ballots will reviewed after the polls close and, if it is determined that you were eligible to vote, your ballot will be counted. If you aren't offered the right to vote by provisional ballot, just ask.

Pennsylvania State and Local Voting Information

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