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I just found out that I wont be able to vote next week..any ideas?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by JLStorm, Oct 31, 2007.

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  1. JLStorm

    JLStorm Member

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    I live in Montgomery County PA, and the NRA just sent me their list of A rated candidates. I was supposed to be working locally next week, but I just found out today that I have to go out of state for business, and I am currently out of state on business. I will not be getting back until tomorrow night, and I will be leaving again monday evening. I called the voter services office for my county and they said that even an emergency absentee ballot would have to be notarized and in their office by Thursday of this week, which I cant do because I dont land in PA until friday night.

    I guess I am SOL, but it just seems that there should be SOMETHING I could do to somehow get my pro gun vote in. I mean what if someone were to get hospitalized on saturday, it doesnt seem right that just because they were in the hospital and of sound mind and body that they should lose their right to vote. Any ideas of any other routes I could take?
     
  2. flashman70

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    Drive to Philly and tell 'em you're an illegal alien. They might make a special effort for you. :rolleyes:
     
  3. alsaqr

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    OK pulls the same kind of crap. First you put the ballot in an envelope then put that envelope inside a second one, get the second envelope notarized and put it inside a third envelope and mail it.

    Never mind that convicted felons can vote in OK.
     
  4. wdlsguy

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    Can you print out a ballot from your computer, have it notarized where you are right now, and overnight it to PA?
     
  5. JLStorm

    JLStorm Member

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    Unfortunately not, I can only print out the absentee ballot request, I have to go pick up the ballot at the courthouse and apparently have it notarized there as well. Even if I had my wife pick it up and overnight it I still wouldnt get it back in time, and she cant fill it out for me because they have to verify its actually me when returning the ballot before notarization.

    What really pisses me off, if you are an illegal the local polling places will write your name in if it doesnt appear in their registered voter book, but they make it impossible for me to vote and Im registered :fire:
     
  6. Cougfan2

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    I know it doesn't help you now, but I would contact my state representative about your disenfranchisement (and that's what it is) and see if you can get him to lobby for Vote by Mail. We have it here in Oregon and I love it. Gives me time to read about all of the elections and ballot initiatives and vote from home or wherever I can get to a mailbox. The only caveat is that they have to physically receive the ballot before the polls close, but they send them out in plenty of time.
     
  7. wdlsguy

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    In the meanwhile, you might want to make a habit of requesting an absentee ballot, on the assumption you will be out of town on election day.
     
  8. scout26

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    If you're going to be in Chicago, just go to a homeless shelter/mission and wait for the van/bus to come around and pick you up. You'll get $5-20 at each polling place they stop at.
     
  9. Michael Thomson

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    emergency Absentee Ballots

    not sure if this helps or not.

    http://www.dos.state.pa.us/voting/cwp/view.asp?a=1193&q=442991&votingNav=|

    EMERGENCY ABSENTEE BALLOTS

    Obtaining an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

    Emergency absentee ballot applications are available at the county board of elections office.

    If you did not know or have a reason to apply for an absentee ballot by 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to Election Day, you may download and apply for an Emergency Absentee Ballot. This application must be notarized before it is submitted.

    Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

    Requirements for Emergency Absentee Ballot Applications

    The county board of elections will process and approve only those emergency absentee ballot applications that have been completed and signed by the applicant elector before a notary public.

    Emergency Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

    Emergency absentee ballot applications must be submitted to the county board of elections between 5:00 P.M. on the Tuesday before Election Day and 5:00 P.M. on the Friday before Election Day.

    HOW TO OBTAIN AN EMERGENCY ABSENTEE BALLOT IF AN EMERGENCY OCCURS AFTER 5:00 P.M. ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE ELECTION DAY

    If you become physically disabled or ill between 5:00 P.M. on the Friday before Election Day and 8:00 P.M. on Election Day or if you find out after 5:00 P.M. on the Friday before Election Day that you will be absent from your municipality of residence on Election Day because of your business, duties or occupation, you can receive an emergency absentee ballot if you complete and file with the court of common pleas in the county where you are registered to vote an emergency application or a letter or other signed document, which includes the same information as that provided on the emergency application.

    Obtaining an Emergency Absentee Ballot If You Are Not Able to Appear in Court

    If you are not able to appear in court to receive the ballot, you can designate, in writing, a representative to deliver the absentee ballot to you and return your completed absentee ballot to the county board of elections.

    If you are not able to appear in court or obtain assistance from an authorized representative, the judge will direct a deputy sheriff of the county to deliver the absentee ballot to you if you are at a physical location within the county.

    Deadline to Apply for an Absentee Ballot When an Emergency Occurs After 5:00 P.M. on the Friday before Election Day

    Emergency absentee ballot applications from voters who experience an emergency after 5:00 P.M. on the Friday before Election Day must be submitted to the court of common pleas no later than 8:00 P.M. on Election Day.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: To designate an authorized representative to deliver your emergency absentee ballot, you must complete and sign the Authorized Representative Form and the authorized representative must complete and sign the Certification of Authorized Representative.

    Emergency Application (for voters who experience an emergency between 5:00 P.M. on the Friday before Election Day and 8:00 P.M. on Election Day)

    Authorized Representative Form

    Certification of Authorized Representative Form

    MAKE SURE THAT YOUR VOTE COUNTS!

    IN COMPLETING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT AND RELATED ABSENTEE BALLOT MATERIAL AND RETURNING THE COMPLETED ABSENTEE BALLOT TO THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS, PLEASE BE SURE TO FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS RECEIVED FROM THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS. IMPROPER COMPLETION OF THE ABSENTEE BALLOT OR RELATED MATERIAL, OR IMPROPER DELIVERY OF THE ABSENTEE BALLOT TO THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS, CAN RESULT IN YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT BEING CHALLENGED AND SET ASIDE BY THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS OR A COURT OF LAW.


    Contact Us
    http://www.dos.state.pa.us/voting/cwp/view.asp?a=1332&Q=447275&votingNav=|
     
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  10. Michael Thomson

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    Emergency Absentee Ballots

    not sure if this helps or not.

    http://www.dos.state.pa.us/voting/cwp/view.asp?a=1193&q=442991&votingNav=|

    EMERGENCY ABSENTEE BALLOTS

    Obtaining an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

    Emergency absentee ballot applications are available at the county board of elections office.

    If you did not know or have a reason to apply for an absentee ballot by 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to Election Day, you may download and apply for an Emergency Absentee Ballot. This application must be notarized before it is submitted.

    Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

    Requirements for Emergency Absentee Ballot Applications

    The county board of elections will process and approve only those emergency absentee ballot applications that have been completed and signed by the applicant elector before a notary public.

    Emergency Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

    Emergency absentee ballot applications must be submitted to the county board of elections between 5:00 P.M. on the Tuesday before Election Day and 5:00 P.M. on the Friday before Election Day.

    HOW TO OBTAIN AN EMERGENCY ABSENTEE BALLOT IF AN EMERGENCY OCCURS AFTER 5:00 P.M. ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE ELECTION DAY

    If you become physically disabled or ill between 5:00 P.M. on the Friday before Election Day and 8:00 P.M. on Election Day or if you find out after 5:00 P.M. on the Friday before Election Day that you will be absent from your municipality of residence on Election Day because of your business, duties or occupation, you can receive an emergency absentee ballot if you complete and file with the court of common pleas in the county where you are registered to vote an emergency application or a letter or other signed document, which includes the same information as that provided on the emergency application.

    Obtaining an Emergency Absentee Ballot If You Are Not Able to Appear in Court

    If you are not able to appear in court to receive the ballot, you can designate, in writing, a representative to deliver the absentee ballot to you and return your completed absentee ballot to the county board of elections.

    If you are not able to appear in court or obtain assistance from an authorized representative, the judge will direct a deputy sheriff of the county to deliver the absentee ballot to you if you are at a physical location within the county.

    Deadline to Apply for an Absentee Ballot When an Emergency Occurs After 5:00 P.M. on the Friday before Election Day

    Emergency absentee ballot applications from voters who experience an emergency after 5:00 P.M. on the Friday before Election Day must be submitted to the court of common pleas no later than 8:00 P.M. on Election Day.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: To designate an authorized representative to deliver your emergency absentee ballot, you must complete and sign the Authorized Representative Form and the authorized representative must complete and sign the Certification of Authorized Representative.

    Emergency Application (for voters who experience an emergency between 5:00 P.M. on the Friday before Election Day and 8:00 P.M. on Election Day)

    Authorized Representative Form

    Certification of Authorized Representative Form

    MAKE SURE THAT YOUR VOTE COUNTS!

    IN COMPLETING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT AND RELATED ABSENTEE BALLOT MATERIAL AND RETURNING THE COMPLETED ABSENTEE BALLOT TO THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS, PLEASE BE SURE TO FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS RECEIVED FROM THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS. IMPROPER COMPLETION OF THE ABSENTEE BALLOT OR RELATED MATERIAL, OR IMPROPER DELIVERY OF THE ABSENTEE BALLOT TO THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS, CAN RESULT IN YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT BEING CHALLENGED AND SET ASIDE BY THE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS OR A COURT OF LAW.


    Contact Us
    http://www.dos.state.pa.us/voting/cwp/view.asp?a=1332&Q=447275&votingNav=|
     
  11. ServiceSoon

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    Thats sucks. Are you sure that is the case? If it is it kind of seems odd.
    That sucks even more.
     
  12. Bubbles

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    Virginia has "early voting" where you can walk in to a few locations throughout each county (usually a library or community center) and vote absentee. There are Saturday hours available. I'd call your local registrar's office to see what your options are.
     
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