Use to Prepare for Voting in Nov. 3 Municipal Election

Oct 27, 2010, 10:30 ET from Pennsylvania Department of State

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania voters can use the Department of State's voter education Web site,, to prepare for the Nov. 3 municipal election, Secretary of the Commonwealth Pedro A. Cortes said today.

"Because municipal and judicial elections directly shape the future course of our local communities and our commonwealth, the department wants to ensure voters are ready to cast their ballots in these important races," Cortes said. "The Web site offers a broad range of information to improve voters' experiences at the polls." provides pertinent voter information, such as video demonstrations of electronic voting systems, a polling place locator and a registration confirmation tool. The site's Election Day assistance tool allows voters to print their own one-page information sheet that lists their polling place, directions and what to bring to the polls.

To confirm your registration on the site, scroll down to "Confirm Your Registration" on the right-hand side of the screen, and click on "Find Out Now." Voters can also call 1-877-VOTESPA (868-3772) or their county board of elections for current registration information. County contact information is listed on

If you do not appear to be registered, contact your county board of elections immediately.

Pennsylvania law requires voters to present identification the first time they go to the polls or if they have moved to a new polling place. Newly registered voters who show up on Election Day without ID will be permitted to vote using a provisional ballot, but this option should be used only as a last resort.

Approved forms of photo identification include:

  • Pennsylvania driver's license or PennDOT ID card,
  • ID issued by any Pennsylvania agency or U.S. government (e.g., passport),
  • U.S. Armed Forces ID,
  • Student ID, and
  • Employee ID.

If a voter does not have photo identification, they may use a non-photo identification that includes their name and address. Approved forms of non-photo identification include:

  • Voter ID card issued by the voter registration commission,
  • Non-photo ID issued by Pennsylvania or federal government,
  • Firearm permit,
  • Current utility bill,
  • Current bank statement,
  • Current paycheck, and
  • Government check.

For more information about voter rights, responsibilities, and preparations, visit or call 1-877-VOTESPA (868-3772).

Media contact: Leslie Amoros or Charlie Young, 717-783-1621

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of State