Here’s Everything You Need to Know to Vote in the 2016 Presidential Election
Happy Election Day, Philadelphia! Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The most important presidential race in modern memory is today. There are also lots of other candidates on the ballot who could change your life for better or worse. Pennsylvania is home to one of the most important U.S. Senate elections in the country. The state will elect its top law-enforcement official, and decide whether the Republican Party has a veto-proof majority in the state Senate. If you don’t know anything about those races — or where your polling place is, or whom to call if you have trouble voting — don’t worry. We’ve got all that and more covered below.
- Our no-bullshit guide to the election. We give you the unflinchingly honest truth about all the races that matter in Philadelphia.
- Our translation of the two ballot questions you’ll see today. One of them is particularly tricky. We explain them both in really, really plain English.
- Our profiles of attorney general candidate Josh Shapiro as well as U.S. Senate candidates Pat Toomey and Katie McGinty.
- Philadelphia magazine’s presidential endorsement.
- The Philadelphia Inquirer’s endorsements.
- The Philadelphia Daily News’s endorsements.
- The Committee of Seventy’s guide to the election. The government watchdog details each and every race in the city tomorrow as well as the ballot questions. The descriptions of the candidates are especially helpful.
- Crowdpac’s guide to the election. This for-profit site has a wealth of information on local, state and federal candidates.
- The absolute easiest way to find your polling place. You can also call the City Commissioners at 215-686-1590.
- The easiest way to find your Congressional, state Senate and state House districts. For when you’re studying up on local and state races.
- A cool way to look at a sample ballot. Simply enter the address where you’re registered to vote and the City Commissioner’s website will give you a sneak peek at today’s ballot.
- The Committee of Seventy’s guide to voter rights and responsibilities.
- If you have any other questions about voting today in Philadelphia, call the City Commissioners at 215-686-3464 or 215-686-1590. If you see anything funny or have trouble casting a ballot, you can ring the District Attorney’s Election Fraud Task force at 215-686-9641. And you can call the Election Protection hotline, which the Committee of Seventy is partnering with, at 1-866-OUR-VOTE to report election fraud or improper procedures. The Justice Department’s phone number for reporting voting rights violations and election crimes is 1-800-253-3931.
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