Step-By-Step Guide for Philly Youth Voters During COVID-19
The coronavirus has disrupted our way of life, and our elections. But you can still vote! Review this guide for tips on social-distancing-approved methods for casting your ballot in 2020.
1. REGISTER TO VOTE: tinyurl.com/PAvotes2020
Not sure what party to choose, if any? Take the ISideWith.Com quiz. (PA has closed primaries so only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote for candidates in primary elections.)
It takes a couple weeks to process your registration. If you’re not registered you can’t get a mail-in ballot, so check your voter registration status before moving on to the next step.
2. APPLY FOR A MAIL-IN BALLOT ONLINE: VotesPA.comYou need a PennDOT ID or driver’s license to apply online, otherwise you need to download a paper application, complete it with the last four digits of your Social Security Number, and mail it in.
Don’t have access to a printer, envelopes, or stamps? Call the City Commissioners Office and ask them to mail applications for your whole family, along with a stamped return envelope. Call 215-686-1590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. RESEARCH THE OFFICES AND CANDIDATES ON YOUR BALLOT
Committee of Seventy - BYOBallot tool (website) and WeVote (download phone app)
4. VOTE BY MAIL! The County Board of Elections will mail a ballot to your address in a postage-paid envelope. You just need to drop your completed ballot in a mailbox in time to be delivered by June 2nd.
If you do not apply for a mail-in ballot, or do not receive one, you may still vote at your polling place on June 2nd. Many polling places may change location due to COVID-19. Find your polling place.
You must bring ID with you the first time you vote at a polling place. Acceptable forms of ID include your school ID, PennDOT ID, or voter registration card.
If you are told you cannot vote at your polling place for any reason, ask for a provisional ballot. Poll workers are required to provide these if requested.
If you have any difficulty voting by mail or at your polling place, contact the
County Board of Elections 215-686-1590
Election Protection Program: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)
BOOM! You’re a voter! Will you get involved and text 3 friends to register and vote?
Join and help organize voters ...at your school with Philly Youth VOTE! - email@example.com
...citywide with Vote That Jawn! - Digital Internships
...nationwide with When We All Vote - My School Votes