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Vote early to avoid problems

Turnout is high, and the two issues that appear to be most prevalent are ...

  1. Their names do not appear on the district register (poll book) and election officials cannot determine their registration status;

  2. They don't have any identification (WHICH IS REQUIRED FOR FIRST-TIME VOTERS OR PEOPLE VOTING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A NEW DISTRICT), even if their name appears in the poll book;

  3. An election official questions their right to vote. (This can happen, for example, if the poll book indicates a voter is a registered Republican but the voter says he or she is registered as a Democrat); or

  4. Both voting machines in a division break down. If at least one machine is operable, the official policy of the Philadelphia Board of Elections is that voters must use that machine rather than be given a provisional ballot.

  5. Voters are required to vote by provisional ballot if they are doing so as a result of a federal or court order, or an order extending the time established for closing the polls by State law that is in effect ten (10) days before an election.

  6. After April 29th, primary voters can call 1-877-VOTESPA to find out if their provisional ballot is valid and their vote counted.