Important Voting Information For The General Election

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SEIU Local 668 wants to make sure our members have accurate information about voting by mail or in person. Voting by mail is safe and secure. You can apply for a mail-in ballot online. If you already applied but haven’t received it, you can check the status here. 

The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is Oct. 27, 2020, @ 5:00 P.M., but you should complete the application as soon as possible. The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 3rd. Polls are open from 7 A.M. until 8 P.M.

There have been stories in the media about a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that could invalidate some mail-in ballots. We want to make sure our members understand this decision. The Supreme Court decided that all ballots must be placed inside the secrecy envelope, to ensure privacy in the election process. If you have questions about voting, check out our frequently asked questions page or email us at local668@seiu668.org.

This year, we have the opportunity to elect a large number of labor-friendly candidates here in Pennsylvania and at the national level. Check out the list of SEIU endorsed candidates for the 2020 election.

How to complete the mail-in ballot

  • Use blue or black ink to make your selection. No other color pens are allowed. Seal your ballot in the smaller blank secrecy envelope.
  • Place the sealed smaller envelope inside the larger envelope labeled ‘Business Reply’ with your County Elections office information.
  • Complete and sign the voter declaration on the back of the larger envelope (Do not sign the smaller envelope).
  • You can drop the sealed envelope off at your county elections office or mail it back. If you choose to mail it back, make sure you mail it ASAP.

Where to Return Your Ballot

  •  Counties can provide a secure dropbox or satellite office where voters drop off their mail-in ballot. You can only return your ballot in the county you are registered to vote in.
  • The Capital Star Newspaper published an interactive map showing elections offices, satellite offices, and secure drop boxes across the state. The PA Department of State website also lists county drop box locations.
  • Only ballots that are postmarked by Nov. 3rd will be considered valid. All ballots postmarked by election day must reach the county elections office by Friday, Nov. 6th.

There’s a lot in the news and on social media about voting in Pennsylvania – some stories are true and some are false. The Pennsylvania Department of State and your county board of elections are responsible for administering our Commonwealth’s elections. Their websites are the most up-to-date and accurate sources of information on voting in Pennsylvania. Both websites are updated when and if any relevant changes in election-related laws, rules, or regulations occur.

Volunteering on Election Day
To find out more about volunteering at the polls on election day, check out our poll watchers and poll workers page.  You can only volunteer at the polls if you are not covered by the Hatch Act or Civil Service Act.


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