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Election Day resources and new bill passed extending absentee deadline

Election day is Tuesday, November 5, 2019 and the polls are open from 7am – 8pm. Here’s a list of resources that can help seniors and their families make voting simple.

  1. Find your polling place HERE. 
  2. Confirm your voter registration status HERE.
  3. If you’re status is inactive, you can still vote. Learn more HERE.

Before you head to the polls, knowing your rights and responsibilities as a voter is essential. Click here for a great resource called the General Election Voter Guide that’s filled with comprehensive information on the statewide crime-victim support referendum and judicial elections, as well as the local offices on the ballot in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Philadelphia and Montgomery counties.

NEW VOTING MACHINES: Philadelphia has new voting machines. Click here to learn more info on how to use them!

NEED A RIDE? Lyft to the polls: C70 is partnering with the ride-share service to offer half-off rides to polling places on Tuesday with code: VOTEPHILLY19

Historic election reform passed in Harrisburg

Monday, November 3, 2019 a new law was passed that marks a great leap forward from the commonwealth’s 1930s-era voting procedures. The enactment of Senate Bill 421 moves back our tight absentee-ballot deadline to 8 p.m. on Election Day and the registration deadline to 15 days before elections from the current 30. It will also allow for “no-excuse” mail-in voting and eliminates the straight-ticket voting (STV) option. It will also provide $90 million in funding for counties to upgrade voting systems and $4 million for Census outreach. Gov. Wolf signed the bill into law after bipartisan passage in the General Assembly (35-14 in the Senate and 131-68 in the House). The bill will go into effect for the April 2020 primary.

 

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