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Get Out The Vote (GOTV)

Pennsylvania is one of five states that will decide the outcome of the presidential election on November 8, 2016. As 4% of the state’s eligible electorate, Asian Pacific Americans will be making a difference with our voices when we choose to vote. We've gathered information and materials for you to use to help you make an informed decision in this most important election year.

PENNSYLVANIA ELECTION INFORMATION:


Deadlines & Dates

Federal and State Primary Election: April 26, 2016
Voter Registration Deadline for State Primary Election: March 28, 2016

General Election: November 8, 2016
​Voter Registration Deadline for 2016 General Election: October 11, 2016

The voter registration deadline in Pennsylvania is 30 days before the election for all elections.

Absentee Voting

You can apply for absentee voting if you are registered to vote and if you qualify. The County Board of Elections must receive absentee voting applications no later than 5PM on the Tuesday before Election Day.

You can download the application and see acceptable reasons here »

In-Person Voting

On Election Day, polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM EST.

Find your polling location here »

Voter ID Requirements

Only first time voters must bring a photo ID to the polls. Acceptable IDs include:

  • Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card
  • ID issued by any Commonwealth agency
  • ID issued by the U.S. Government
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. Armed Forces ID
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID

If you do not have a photo ID, you can use ID that includes your name and address. Accepted forms of non-photo ID include:

  • Confirmation issued by the County Voter Registration Office
  • Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth
  • Non-photo ID issued by the U.S. Government
  • Firearm permit
  • Current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Current paycheck
  • Government check

On Your Ballot

Language Access

Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdicutions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters.

Learn more about Section 203 and see if your county or jurisdiction is covered here »

Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, "Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.”

It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose.

Additional Resources

Voter Guide

NQAPIA created a voter guide that shows the views of Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump on LGBTQ equality, trans* justice, racial justice, AAPI issues, and immigrants’ rights. Our research came from the candidates’ official policy statements and quotes from news media. View their voter guide, and click the links below for PDF copies:

NQAPIA is an independent, nonpartisan, tax-exempt, nonprofit organization and does not endorse any candidate or political party.

Chinese Language Materials

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Content courtesy of APIA Vote, NQAPIA, OCA National