Today Is Election Day
It’s Election Day! Philadelphians go to the polls today to cast votes for governor, Congress, and state legislative seats, as well as to answer three charter questions.
Here are three more questions about how to get the best out of your voting experience today.
How can I share my voting experience on social media?
Easy. If you’ve got a status report to deliver — say, that the lines are extra long at your polling place — or want to take a selfie with your “I Voted” sticker, tag it #PHLVotes on Twitter or Instagram. We’ll see it, and might very well post it at PhillyMag.com today. (You’ll probably be seen by other media organizations too.)
Where should I vote?
Our friends at Committee of Seventy have this one locked down: “Use the Pennsylvania Department of State’s online Polling Place Search tool to find out where you need to vote before Election Day. Take care to complete the fields from top to bottom, starting with “County.” You can also check your voter registration online or by calling your local County Board of Elections.”
You can always call 1-800-SEVENTY for assistance as well.
What if my voting experience is hellish?
Long lines? Is your name missing from voter registration? See somebody with five or six “I Voted” stickers, all of them earned today? You’ve got several options.
There’s the Committee of Seventy option:
Seventy now has a dedicated hotline – 1-855-SEVENTY (1-855-738-3689) – open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on November 4th to help voters who are experiencing voting problems, are having trouble locating their polling place or want information on the candidates. Trained non-partisan volunteers also staff the hotline year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
You might want to call the D.A.
Voters’ complaints can be registered by calling the District Attorney’s Office at 215-686-9641, 9643, 9644 or 9884. Mobile units, each with an Assistant District Attorney and a District Attorney’s Detective, will be dispatched to problem polling places to investigate any person who attempts to violate a citizen’s right to vote. The District Attorney’s new Election Fraud Task Force will be investigating all complaints, and violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Charges can include: assault, vote fraud, harassment, terroristic threats and voter intimidation.
Or you might want to check out this useful guide that includes phone numbers, rules, and other handy voting info, also rounded up and provided by the D.A.’s office: