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Mastery Schools is a non-profit, non-partisan organization and does not endorse candidates.

The purpose of our Mastery Votes 2020 Campaign is to ensure that any Mastery parent, student, staff and family member who is eligible to vote can vote and that their vote counts.

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IMPORTANT DATES

(Dates are subject to change):

PENNSYLVANIA

Oct. 19, 2020 – Last day to REGISTER before the November election

Oct. 27, 2020 – Last day for in person early voting

Today – The best time to apply for Vote by Mail is today! Do not delay. Applications will not be accepted after Oct. 27th.

Nov. 3, 2020 – Mail-in and civilian absentee ballots MUST be received by County Boards of Elections

Nov. 3, 2020 – GENERAL ELECTION

NEW JERSEY

Oct. 13, 2020 – Last day to REGISTER to VOTE before the November election

Nov. 3, 2020 – Mail-in and ballots MUST be received or postmarked by this date

Nov. 3, 2020 – GENERAL ELECTION – VOTE IN PERSON

Voter Education Series

 

New Jersey Voters

PA Voter FAQs

PA Voter Registration

To vote in the next election you must be:

  • 18 years old by election day

 

  • United States citizen at least 30 days before the next election

 

  • Resident of Pennsylvania at least 30 days before the next electionCan a person with a criminal record vote? YESCan a person on parole and probation vote? YESCan a person who is a pretrial detainee awaiting trail vote? YESYou CANNOT vote only if you are currently in prison or a halfway house on a felony conviction and will not be released by the date of the next election or if you have violated the PA Election Code within the last 4 years. For more information go to https://www.votespa.com/Register-to-Vote/Pages/Convicted-Felon,-Misdemeanant-orPretrial-Detainee.aspx

Option #1: REGISTER ONLINE.

Option #2:

Option #3: REGISTER BY FILLING OUT A PRINTED VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION.

  • If you do NOT have a Driver’s license or PennDOT ID then you can register by filling out a printed application.
  • You will need a social security number.

Option #3: REGISTER at PennDOT photo license center when you obtain or update your driver’s license

  • Mail it to:
    Philadelphia Voter Registration Office
    520 N. Columbus Blvd.
    5th Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19123

    • Remember a stamp it required to send in your voter registration application.
    • If you need more information call the voter registration office at (215) 686-1591
    • Please note due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all City of Philadelphia Offices will remain closed until further notice.

 

  • Drop it off in person at:

New Election Offices in Philadelphia. For locations and hours https://www.phillyearlyvoting.com/english#Locations

Call the Voter Registration Office at (215) 686-1591 for more information.

PA Voter Registration Status and Changes

Yes.

  • Because you want to be sure your address is correct.
  • Because if you have not voted in the last two presidential elections, Pennsylvania will de-activate your voter registration, so may need to re-register.
  • Because if you have returned home from incarceration you should register.
  • Because mistakes happen.

Make all changes and update on the Voter Registration form: Online: https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/VoterRegistrationApplication.aspx

Print: https://www.votespa.com/Resources/Documents/Voter_Registration_Application_English.pdf

  • This is the same form you use to register to vote so you see all the options of online, by mail and in person above.
  • Be sure to check the correct box at the top of the form, select the box that says “Change of Name / Change Address”
  • Please note if you have recently moved to Pennsylvania from another state, you must submit a new registration form rather than a change of address form.
  • If you do change your name, please be sure to take your id with your new name when you go to vote at your polling place.
  • Please note if you have recently moved to Pennsylvania from another state, you must register as a “new” voter. This is not a change of address.
  • If you do change your name, please be sure to take your ID with your new name when you go to vote at your polling place.

PA Voting

# 1 – IN PERSON EARLY VOTING

 # 2 – VOTE BY MAIL

 # 3 – POLLING PLACE ON ELECTION DAY

  • There are new election offices in neighborhoods around the city where you can go do ONE-STOP EARLY VOTING!
  • You can request a paper ballot, fill it out and turn it back in all at the same time.  You can only do in person early voting until October 27th.
  • In addition you can also do the following at the new election offices:
    • Register to vote and vote in the same trip.(The deadline for voter registration is October 19.)
    • Update or change your voter registration.
    • Drop off your mail-in ballot. (You can’t return someone else’s ballot, just your own!)

(You can drop off your mail-in ballots here through election.  You cannot drop them at your polling place.)

  • Any qualified voter in Pennsylvania may apply for a mail-in ballot. You may simply request this ballot without a reason.
  • You can apply for a Mail-in Ballot at the same time that you register to vote.

Option # 1: Apply for a Mail-in Ballot ONLINE: VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot

Option # 2: Apply for a Mail-in Ballot by MAIL

To download and print the application in English: https://www.votespa.com/Register-to-Vote/Documents/PADOS_mailInapplication.pdf

To download and print the application in Spanish: https://www.votespa.com/Register-toVote/Documents/PADOS_MailInApplication_Spanish.pdf

What if I don’t have a printer? Contact your county election office directly to request a paper application. OR Contact the Department of State by calling 1-877-VOTESPA to request an application or emailing [email protected].

 

What if I don’t have a printer?

– Check at your Mastery School for a copy

– Call 1-877-VOTESPA to request an application or email [email protected]

COMPLETE YOUR BALLOT BY FOLLOWING ALL INSTRUCTIONS.

  • Watch this 2 minute video for clear instructions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpHR3MM4NuU&feature=youtu.be
  • Follow all the instructions on the ballot very carefully
    • Use only black or blue pen.
    • Be sure place your ballot in the secrecy envelope (the blank envelope) and then put the secrecy envelope into the official envelope.
    • Be sure to sign the declaration, or your ballot may not count.

THERE ARE 2 WAYS TO RETURN YOUR completed and signed MAIL-IN BALLOT:

  1. Return your ballot via US MAIL. The outer envelope that your “secrecy ballot” goes into is pre-stamped and has the address on it. Just drop it in the mail.

If you mail in your ballot it MUST be RECEIVED by TUESDAY, NOV. 3 BY 8PM. 

Mail in ballots will NOT be accepted at polling locations.

 

  1. You may drop it off at one of the new election offices

 You must drop it off yourself.  Another person CANNOT drop it off for you!     

  • Your only option is to vote with a PROVISIONAL BALLOT.
  • To do that you must go to your polling place on election day and request a provisional ballot.
  • Yes, but you must take your Mail-in ballot to your polling place and turn it in so they can cancel it and then you will be allowed to vote on the machine at your polling place. However, if you already sent in your Mail-in ballot, you cannot vote at your polling place.

Go to https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/BallotTracking.aspx

You can check the status of your mail-in or absentee ballot online. Track your ballot’s progress from when your county receives your application, to when they receive your voted ballot.

 

YES, but some polling place location may change so be sure to confirm where your polling place is for this election.

  • Go to: VOTESPA.COM
  • Call 1-877-VOTESPA or (877) 868-3772
  • Go to: https://www.philadelphiavotes.com/
  • Call (215) 686-1591- Philadelphia Voter Registration Office
  • Call (215) 686-3469 – Philadelphia County Board of Elections
  • Call (215) 685-4811 – Philadelphia Elections Board

NJ Voter FAQs

NJ Voter Registration

To vote you must be:

  • 18 years old by Election Day
  • United States citizen
  • Resident of New Jersey at least 30 days before the election
  • NOT be serving a sentence or on parole or probation as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of this or another state in the US.Can a person with a criminal record vote? YESCan a person on parole and probation vote? No, if it is as a result of a felony conviction.For more information on Voting Restoration: https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voter-rights.shtml

Yes!

Option #1 – Register to Vote ONLINE.  This is new this year!

 

Option #2 – Register BY FILLING OUT A PRINTED VOTER REGISTRATION APPLICATION.

  • Social Security Number

OR

  • Driver’s License or Non-Driver Identification Card issued by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC)

NJ Voter Registration Status and Changes

Yes.

  • Make all changes and update on the Voter Registration form. This is available ONLINE or in printed form. This is the same form you use to register to vote. The form is available online at https://voter.svrs.nj.gov/register
  • You can print it yourself and mail it in:

https://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/assets/pdf/forms-voter-registration/68-voterregistration-english.pdf

  • Be sure to check the correct box at the top of the form, select the box that says “Change of Name / Change Address”
    If you changed your name, please be sure to take your ID with your new name when you go to vote at your polling place.

NJ Voting

  • Mail-In Ballot – Any registered voter can do it.
  • A Mail-in Ballot will be sent to every registered voter in New Jersey.
  • Fill out In-Person Provisional BallotDue to COVID-19, the state of NJ has opted out of machine voting. In-person voters will be permitted to fill out a Provisional Ballot and all registered voters will receive Mail-In Ballots for this election.
  • Any qualified voter in New Jersey may apply for a mail-in ballot. You may simply request this ballot without a reason.
  • If you are registering to vote for the first time you can apply for a Mail-in Ballot at the same time.

Step 1: Mark your ballot for the candidate(s) and/or questions of your choice.

Step 2: Sign yellow envelope by the red X

Step 3: Put your ballot inside of the yellow envelope and seal.

Step 4: Put yellow envelope inside green envelope and seal.

Step 5: Make sure your address appears in window of green envelope.

Step 6: Seal the green envelope and mail. The ballot has pre-paid postage so you do not need a stamp.

 

  • The easiest way to vote this year is with a Mail-in Ballot.
  • Polling places will only be open for voting with a provisional ballot. There will be no voting machines. If you need to vote with a provisional ballot the polling places will be open from 6am – 8pm on Election Day – November 3, 2020. Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities.
  • Board of Elections at (856) 401-8683
  • County Clerk at (856) 225-7219
  • Mastery Parent and Community Organizer, Erin Johnson- (856) 839-6410