Pennsylvania – November 2nd is Election Day!
Are you ready? Make sure you know your polling place, your rights as a voter, and who will be on your ballot. You can check out our website for more details.
Some of the highly anticipated races include DuBois Area Magisterial District Judge and the DuBois Area School Board.
For DuBois Area School Board, Charlie Watt will be on the ballot for District A, Jeff Maddinger and Larry Salone will appear for District B, and Sam Armagost for District C.
Four individuals are asking for your vote as write-in candidates in that race… Deidre Brown for District A, Steve Russo and Brooke Porada for District B, and Kent Smith for District C. They suggest you follow the DASD School Board Candidates Facebook page for more information.
Another highly debated topic, specifically for residents of the City of DuBois and Sandy Township… the question of whether the city and township should consolidate together.
We suggest you visit the sample ballots on the county websites to see your exact ballot and research the candidates.
Other ways of seeing who is on your ballot:
Jefferson County – Go to the Jefferson County Courthouse website to see what a ballot looks like. The real ballot will also the representatives for your specific district, which are not shown on this sample.
CLICK HERE to read previous coverage about a non-partisan study about the possible consolidation of the City of DuBois and Sandy Township. You can also see the full video of that presentation by CLICKING HERE.
INTERVIEWS WITH DUBOIS AREA SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES
Interviews with two of the candidates running for re-election, Sam Armagost and Larry Salone. Jeff Maddinger was unable to do an interview, although he was invited.
If you’re planning on voting in person tomorrow, make sure you know where to go and what you might need to bring with you.
You will not need to bring your ID with you unless it’s your first time voting in that precinct or if your name or party affiliation have changed.
However, you’ll want to bring some other things with you this year… your mask, your own ball point pen so you don’t need to share a pen to sign the voter book, and be sure to bring your patience and maybe something to keep you occupied in case lines are long.
Voter turnout could be higher than usual on an off-year election, so be patient. Be sure to thank the volunteers at your polling place.
Check where your polling place is. You can find it on your voter registration card or by typing in your address at VotesPA.com.
Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and will remain open until 8 p.m. If you are in line by 8 p.m., you will be allowed to vote, even if your ballot is cast after that.
If you requested a mail-in ballot and have not turned it in, you need to bring it directly to the county elections office. Do not put it in the mail at this point.
If you requested a mail-in ballot but would rather vote in-person instead, you can do that but it will put extra work on elections officials. Be sure to bring your mail-in ballot with you to the polling place. Polling place volunteers will need to call over to the elections office, make sure that you haven’t already voted, and then they will issue you a provisional ballot to use at the polls.
Mail-in ballots cannot start being counted in Pennsylvania until the day of election.
Please expect that we will not know the winners of any races, including the presidential race, the night of the election. It will be at least a few days until all votes are counted.
Every vote matters and every vote counts. We will not be announcing a winner until in-person and mail-in votes have been tallied.
VOTING INFO – WHEN, WHERE, WHAT TO BRING
When can I vote?
Polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Registered voters who are in line at 8 p.m. will still be allowed to vote.
Where can I vote?
Your polling place depends on where you live. Most polling places are public buildings where large crowds can gather, such as town halls, fire stations, schools, church centers or community centers. To find your exact polling location, visit vote.pa.gov, scroll down, and click on the “Find your polling place” link on the right side of the page.
What do I need to bring?
You do not need your voter registration card, but you will need to have previously registered and be able to know your voting location. If you are voting in an election district for the first time, you will need an approved form of identification, either photo or non-photo. No other voter will be asked to present an ID.
Bring a mask, a ball-point pen to sign the voter book, and a lot of kindness and patience. Lines could be long. Thank your polling place volunteers!
What if I’m voting by mail-in ballot?
Bring your mail-in ballot directly to your county elections office by 8 p.m. Tuesday.
What if I requested a mail-in ballot but want to vote in-person at the polling place?
Bring your mail-in ballot and its envelope to your polling place. Your polling place volunteer will call over the the county elections office, verify that you did not already vote, and will provide you with a provisional ballot.
When will we know the results?
No election results are ever finished officially being tabulated the night of the election. However, media sources in previous years would “call” a winner when there were enough votes tallied to make an accurate prediction. With mail-in ballots, it will take longer to reach a point when we can accurately determine a winner. Every vote matters, and every vote counts. Do not expect to know the winners of any races the night of the election.