Republicans and Democrats vote Tuesday on their nominees for the U.S. Senate, governor, lieutenant governor and, in Erie County, the races for state representative.
Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., at which time completed absentee and absentee ballots must be returned to the Erie County Board of Elections.
Where to vote?
Not sure where you vote or worried your polling station has changed? Search by address at tinyurl.com/yckw9t6s to find out where to vote.
There are two electoral districts that have changed since the last election:
- Voters in the City of Erie’s 6th Ward, 9th Precinct, who previously voted at New Vision Church, will instead vote at Sacred Heart Social Hall, 816 W. 26th St.
- Corry 2nd Ward voters, who previously voted at the YMCA, will instead vote at the Corry Evangelical United Methodist Church, 921 N. Center St., Corry.
What’s on the ballot?
Want to see what your ballot looks like before you go to the polls? You can print or download a sample ballot from the Erie County Board of Elections website at tinyurl.com/4h35c36p
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Remember that the Pennsylvania House and Senate districts have changed, so someone who previously voted for candidates in the 3rd Legislative District, for example, could now vote for a candidate in the 4th Legislative District. There are no Pennsylvania Senate seats on the ballot this year and there were no changes for voters in Erie County for the boundaries of the United States House, which is the 16th district. of Congress.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to other questions you may have on Election Day:
And if I need a ride to the polls? The Erie County GOP will provide rides for all voters. Call 814-636-5051 for more information. The Erie County Democratic Party also offers free rides to all voters. Call 814-790-5408 for their services.
Is there anything else on my ballot? Voters will see candidates for their Democratic or Republican state committee, as well as candidates for the Erie County Democratic or Republican committee. These races are on the second side of the primary ballot.
Who can vote in the primary? Only voters currently registered with the Republican or Democratic party. Although there have been talks of opening the primaries up to independent voters, no law has been passed that would allow this.
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Does Erie County still have an absentee ballot drop box? Yes. It is located outside the Erie County Courthouse, 140 W. Sixth St.
What if I requested an absentee ballot and it didn’t arrive? What if I have an absentee ballot but want to vote in person instead? If you requested a ballot but did not receive it, you can go to the Erie County Voter Registration Office, where clerks will find out what happened to the ballot and provide voter a provisional ballot. This process can also be done at a voter’s polling station. If someone decides they prefer to vote in person, they should bring the ballot and security and release envelopes to their polling place, return the ballot and envelopes, and then sign a statement to deliver their postal ballot. By doing so, they will be able to vote in person.
Can I drop off a completed mail-in ballot at my polling place? No.
Can I take a selfie in the voting booth? Pennsylvania allows people to take selfies in the voting booth and photos inside and outside your polling place, but the state strongly discourages photos of other people voting, according to the secretary of State of Pennsylvania. It is also recommended to wait until you have left a polling station before posting photos on social networks.
Do I have to show ID at my polling station? Only if you are voting for the first time in a new polling station. Otherwise, voters are not required to show identification. Republicans in the state have worked to require Pennsylvania voters to show ID each time they vote, but no changes have been made to state election law.
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What should I do if someone tries to challenge my right to vote? The only people allowed to challenge a voter’s qualifications to vote are poll workers and poll watchers, who must address the elections judge only, not the voter. The decision is ultimately up to the election judge. But, in most cases, a voter would receive a provisional ballot and be allowed to vote. Election workers would later determine whether the voter is indeed registered to vote and, depending on their decision, include or exclude the ballot in the official tally. Poll workers include inspectors, clerks and election judges. Poll watchers are people appointed by a candidate or political party to observe the voting process. Poll watchers, however, may not engage or intimidate a voter, especially for the purpose of influencing their vote. Poll watchers are not permitted near the space where a voter casts their ballot. If you are a victim of or witness to any type of voter intimidation, report it immediately to the Board of Elections or the District Attorney.
What is considered voter intimidation or discriminatory behavior? The Office of the Secretary of State lists the following:
- Aggressive or threatening behavior inside or outside the polling place.
- Block or impede access to the entrance or exit of the polling place; accessible housing for voters with disabilities; voter registration tables or voting booths/voting machines.
- Direct confrontation or questioning of voters, including asking voters for documents or proof of eligibility, when none is required.
- Disruption of voting lines inside or outside the polling station.
- Disseminate false or misleading election information, including information about voting eligibility, polling station procedures, polling station hours, or voting methods.
- Election workers treat a voter differently in any way because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, language, disability, or religion.
- Brandishing weapons in an aggressive or threatening manner.
- Photographing or filming voters to intimidate them.
- Post signs in the polling station to intimidate voters or elicit support for a candidate.
- Routine and frivolous challenges to a voter’s eligibility by election officials or private citizens that are made without a declared good faith basis.
- Ask voters about citizenship, criminal record or political choices.
- Using high voices, yelling, yelling or yelling; use of insulting, offensive or threatening language; chanting taunts or threatening chants inside the polling station.
- Vandalism of polling places or polling place equipment/materials.
- Verbal or physical confrontation of voters by persons dressed in official-looking uniforms.
- Falsely representing yourself as an election official or law enforcement authority.
- Violence or the use of the threat of violence to interfere with a person’s right to vote.
- Interfering with or violating a voter’s right to a secret ballot at any time during the process.