The Voters Survival Guide is the destination for everything you need to know about elections and voting. From registration information to key dates to candidate profiles to articles exploring the pivotal issues, the guide will provide comprehensive information in a dynamic format. We'll keep updating as polls are taken, campaigns are launched and abandoned, and election cycles churn.
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At the polls
Poll hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
You are not required to provide identification on Election Day, unless you are a first-time voter or have moved. In those cases, you might be asked for ID.
Approved forms of photo identification include:
• Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card
• ID issued by any Commonwealth agency
• ID issued by the U.S. Government
• U.S. passport
• U.S. Armed Forces ID
• Student ID
• Employee ID
Approved forms of non-photo identification include:
• Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth
• Non-photo ID issued by the U.S. Government
• Firearm permit
• Current paycheck
• Current utility bill
• Government check
• Current bank statement
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Voters in Pennsylvania in 2016 will have one tool that wasn't available to them in 2012 -- online voter registration.
Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled online voter registration in August, and since then more than 57,000 people statewide have registered to vote or updated an existing registration. The majority of online registration users -- about 60 percent -- are new registrations, according to state data.
The Department of State, which oversees elections in Pennsylvania, called the digital upgrade “the most significant election reform enacted in Pennsylvania in decades.”
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Key dates for Pennsylvania voters:
• Last day to return absentee ballot in general election: Nov. 4, 2016
• General election Day: Nov. 8, 2016 (polls open 7 a.m.-8 p.m.)
Five things every Pa. voter should know:
Find your polling location:
Check your registration status:
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Focus on Pennsylvania
U.S. SENATE: PENNSYLVANIA CANDIDATES
• Pat Toomey, incumbent Senator.
• Katie McGinty, former Chief of Staff to Governor Tom Wolf, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and candidate for Governor in 2014.
Candidates say stuff. Lots of stuff. In speeches, ads and on social media, political candidates cite statistics, make factual claims, and attack other candidates for inaccuracies. The Post-Gazette has launched Spin Control, a fact-check feature that will regularly focus on factual claims made by Pennsylvania candidates running for office this year.
U.S. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES
• Donald Trump, Chairman of The Trump Organization (1971–present); Mike Pence, governor of Indiana (2013-present), member of Congress (2001-2013).
• Hillary Clinton, 67th Secretary of State (2009–2013); Tim Kaine, U.S. senator from Virginia (2013-present), governor of Virginia (2006-2010).