Civic and Voter Empowerment

These are nonpartisan voter registration, mobilization, and election protection campaigns created to increase voter participation in Pennsylvania and dedicated to expanding the role of the state's 501(c}(3} nonprofit organizations in voting and elections.



Fair Districts PA

A landmark Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision found that our 2011 congressional district map violated the state constitution by denying voters their right to “free and equal” elections. The courts have demanded a new map be drawn immediately. Yet politicians are still fighting to keep our state gerrymandered—and we’re all paying the price.

Know Your Rights

Everyone has the right to have their voice heard. There is no more time to waste! Look below to see how you can break through silence.

Can my right to vote be challenged?

Yes, but only for certain reasons and by certain people. An election official, poll watcher, or other voter may only challenge a voter on the grounds that the voter does not live in the precinct or the voter is not the person the voter says he or she is. The voter may still vote normally by signing a challenge affidavit and producing a witness to vouch for him or her. Call the Election Protection Hotline call the Election Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) if you need assistance.

What if I’m not on the voter list?

First, ask the election official to check the list again or to look at the supplemental list, which is a list of recent changes to the voting rolls. Offer to spell your name. If an election official tells you that you are at the wrong polling place, ask for help finding the right polling place. You can also call your county board of elections or look up your polling place at If you believe you’re at the right polling place but your name isn’t on the voter list, ask for a provisional ballot.

Who is allowed in a polling place?

Only precinct election officials, clerks, machine inspectors, watchers, no more than 10 persons in the process of voting, persons lawfully giving assistance to voters, and police officers in the act of voting or who have been called to the polling place to preserve the peace, are allowed inside or within 10 feet of the polling place while voting is in progress. Everyone else, including individuals handing out campaign literature, must remain at least 10 feet away.


What is a provisional ballot?

A provisional ballot is used to record your vote when there’s a question about your eligibility. It will only be counted if election officials determine after the election that you were eligible to vote. You should use a provisional ballot only if there is no other way for you to vote.


What if someone tries to intimidate or harass me?

Tell an election official right away. Call your county board of elections, or call the Election Protection Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).


What if the voting machine is broken?

Report all broken equipment to 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) and to your county board of elections. If half or more of the voting equipment is not working, election officials must allow you to vote with a paper ballot known as an emergency paper ballot.

Do I need any ID to vote?

Only voters who are voting for the first time in their election district need to show ID. Acceptable ID includes both photo and non-photo ID. Non-photo ID must have your address on it. For questions related to voting, whether before or on Election Day, contact the nonpartisan Election Protection Hotline at: 866-OUR-VOTE

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