ELECTION 2016: RESOURCES FOR VOTERS

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As with every election, the City of Philadelphia will conduct the election on November 8, 2016 in accordance with all federal and state voter registration and election laws. Every vote counts and every vote shall be counted. There are many local, state and federal resources in place to ensure that voters have access to the information they need about the voting process and a means of reporting problems with voting, both before and on Election Day.

For your convenience. we’ve collected some of these resources here:

Pennsylvania Department of State

Under the leadership of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Department of State promotes the integrity of the electoral process.

Website: http://www.votespa.com/

The Pennsylvania Department of State site contains voter registration information, the online voter registration form (the deadline for this year’s election was October 11, 2016), voting system demos for all counties in the Commonwealth, a form for reporting voting issues, explanations of the different types of elections and a tool to find your polling place.

Phone: 1-877-VOTESPA

Philadelphia City Commissioners

The Philadelphia City Commissioners are a three member bipartisan board of elected officials in charge of elections and voter registration for the City of Philadelphia.

Website: http://www.philadelphiavotes.com/

The Philadelphia City Commissioners site contains tools to help you: find your polling place, check your registration, view a sample ballot, learn how to use voting machines, obtain provisional ballots and more.

Phone: 215-686-3943

Committee of Seventy

The Committee of Seventy was founded in Philadelphia in 1904 to protect and improve the voting process; encourage honest and capable people to seek public office, and help them make government work better; and engage citizens in the process of making important decisions about their future.

Website: https://www.seventy.org/

The Committee of Seventy’s website contains tools to allow you to: find out how to register to vote, where to cast your ballot and who represents you locally, in Harrisburg and Washington, D.C.

Phone:  215-557-3600

ACLU of Pennsylvania/Election Protection Coalition

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection Coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, the Coalition works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Website: http://www.866ourvote.org/

The Election Protection Coalition website contains voting resources for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including links to local election officials and nonpartisan partners. The site lists examples of voter intimidation and deceptive voter information so that citizens can recognize these practices and protect their rights. Finally, the Coalition’s site serves as a clearing house for voting-related news stories from around the country.

Report a voting problem: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)

 

Philadelphia’s elected officials are committed to fair elections. On October 17, 2016, a bipartisan group of elected officials from Philadelphia who serve at the municipal, state and federal level gathered to affirm that the 2016 election in Philadelphia will be conducted, as always, in according with the law.

View video from that press conference:

More on this:

From CBS Philly: Officials Strike Back Against Voter Fraud Accusations

From The Philadelphia Daily NewsTrump’s voter fraud claims knocked down by Philly officials

From Newsworks/WHYYCity, state and federal officials promise fair voting process

From The Philadelphia TribuneLocal officials debunk claims of rigged elections

From PhillyVoicePhiladelphia leaders assail claims of impending voter fraud

 

Photo: George Larcher used under Creative Commons license.

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