Vote early to avoid problems
Turnout is high, and the two issues that appear to be most prevalent are ...
- Their names do not appear on the district register (poll book) and election officials cannot determine their registration status;
- 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;
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- After April 29th, primary voters can call 1-877-VOTESPA to find out if their provisional ballot is valid and their vote counted.