FREQUENTLY ASKED VOTING QUESTIONS

Where do I vote on Election Day?

Your voting location, is based on your street address. You can find your precinct and voting location by using this Easttown Precinct Boundary Map or entering your street address information into this easy-to-use Find Your Polling Place tool.  If you know your precinct, check this listing.

What if I go to the wrong voting location?

You can only vote in your precinct’s assigned voting location. If you are registered but go to a voting location for a precinct in which you don’t live, you won’t be able to vote and you’ll need to to go to the correct voting location.

When do the voting locations open on Election Day?

The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you are in line when the polls close, you are entitled to vote.

How can I check my voting status?

If you ever want to check your voting  status just click here: Find Voter Registration Status (please note: you may have to try different versions of your name ‐ with middle name or initial, without middle name or initial — if you aren’t 100% certain of how you registered)

Do I need any identification (ID) to vote?

If you have voted at your polling location before, you do not need to bring ID to vote. Only voters who are voting for the first time in their election district need to show ID. Acceptable ID includes both photo and non-photo ID.

Acceptable IDs for first-time voters:

  • Driver’s license
  • U.S. passport
  • Military, student, or employee ID
  • Voter registration card
  • Firearm permit
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check
  • Any ID issued by the commonwealth or federal government

Note: An ID without your photo must have your address on it.

What if my name isn’t in the poll book?

The local officials at your poll should call the County Board of Elections to determine if you are registered. If you are, you should be able to vote normally.

What if the County Board of Elections cannot find my name?

If you believe you were registered and omitted from the poll book, you may vote a provisional ballot.

What is a provisional ballot?

A provisional ballot is a paper ballot which should be provided to voters who believe they are registered voters but whose names are not on the rolls, or first-time voters who do not provide ID at the polls on Election Day.

Can my right to vote be challenged?

Yes, but only for certain reasons and by certain people. A poll worker, poll watcher, or other voter may only challenge a voter on the grounds that the voter does not live in the precinct or the voter is not the person the voter says he or she is.

The voter may still vote normally by signing a challenge affidavit and producing a witness to vouch for him or her (have a witness come to the polling location with you).

Can someone assist me at the polls?

You have the right to assistance if you cannot read or write; cannot read the names on the ballots; have difficulty understanding English; or are blind, disabled, or unable to operate the voting machine.

  • You may request help from a relative, friend, neighbor, or another voter.
  • You do not need to be designated in the poll book district register as “assistance permitted” to receive this assistance.

If you want assistance, you must sign an Assistance Declaration, unless the poll book already indicates “assistance permitted.” You also have the right to refuse assistance.

Who can be inside the polling place?

Only precinct election officials, clerks, machine inspectors, watchers, no more than 10 persons in the process of voting, persons lawfully giving assistance to voters, and police officers in the act of voting or who have been called to the polling place to preserve the peace, are allowed inside or within 10 feet of the polling place while voting is in progress. Everyone else, including individuals handing out campaign literature, must remain at least 10 feet away.

What happens if I am intimidated at the polls?

In Pennsylvania it is illegal for any person or corporation through intimidation or coercion to induce or compel a person to vote or refrain from voting for a particular candidate or on a particular political issue.

If you have experienced intimidation at the polls, you should call your District Attorney’s Office and notify your County Board of Elections. The address and telephone number for your county election office may be found at votespa.com/county .

You can also submit a complaint to the Department of State via an online web form  or by calling 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772).

Who can I contact about possible election irregularities or fraud?

Fair and honest elections are the foundations of our republic, and everyone must take responsibility for helping to ensure the integrity of the process. We encourage voters who have any issues at the polls or may be aware of election fraud or irregularities in Easttown Township, Chester County or anywhere in Pennsylvania to report them via the Department of State’s election complaint form  or by calling 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772).

You can also contact the Chester County Election Office with election complaints by calling 610-344-6410.

Where can I find the election results?

Chester County publishes county wide results as well as individual precinct results as soon as possible after the polls close. Usually the results are posted within hours after the polls are closed.

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