Election Day is just six days away.

HARRISBURG PA – Video tutorials on how to use electronic voting systems, a polling place locator, and a tool to confirm voter registrations all are being made available now on the Department of State‘s voter education website, VotesPA.com, in preparation for the Tuesday (Nov. 3, 2009) municipal election, Commonwealth Secretary Pedro A. Cortes said.

A special Election Day assistance tool also allows voters to print their own one-page information sheet that lists their polling place, directions and what to bring to the polls.

The department wants to ensure voters are ready to cast their ballots in all contested races. “The website offers a broad range of information to improve voters’ experiences at the polls,” Cortes said.

Cortes reminded voters that Pennsylvania law requires them to present identification the first time they go to the polls, or if they have moved to a new polling place. Newly registered voters who show up on Election Day without ID will be permitted to vote using a provisional ballot, but only as a last resort, he said.

Approved forms of photo identification include:

  • Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card,
  • ID issued by any Pennsylvania agency or the U.S. government (such as a passport),
  • U.S. Armed Forces ID,
  • Student ID, and
  • Employee ID.

Voters who lack photo identification may use a non-photo identification that includes their name and address. Approved forms of non-photo identification include:

  • Voter ID card issued by the voter registration commission,
  • Non-photo ID issued by Pennsylvania or federal government,
  • Firearm permit,
  • Current utility bill,
  • Current bank statement,
  • Current paycheck, and
  • Government check.

For more information, call 1-877-VOTESPA (868-3772).

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