Voting Tips

What you need to know when you head to the polls on Nov. 6

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There are a lot of misconceptions about what it takes to have your vote counted at the polls this year. We’ve addressed a few of them here just in time for tomorrow’s election (Nov. 6).

The first, you will be asked for proper identification, but you do not actually need to show that ID to be able to vote in Pennsylvania. This will likely be the last election in Pennsylvania in which IDs are not technically required. If you are asked, it’s up to you to decide whether you’d like to show your ID or not. If for any reason you are told that you cannot vote without the ID, this is incorrect. You should call 866-OUR-VOTE if you face any problems because of voter IDS, or any other opposition to your vote at the polls.

It is also not true that if you vote a straight ticket – either Republican or Democrat – that your presidential vote won’t count. A good rule of thumb is to preview the ballot before you actually head to the polls so you know exactly who you’ll be voting for – and what issues will be discussed. Click here for a rundown of offices and ballot questions.

If you are transgender or a trans-identified person who is concerned about visiting the polls, please call or text the Trans Voter Hotline (215-995-0061) to ask for an escort to your polling place so you can make sure your voice is heard on Election Day.

Have more questions or concerns? Call the voter hotline at 866-OUR VOTE.

Or click here to find out about your polling place.