Over 3,000 Philly Mail Ballots Flagged – What You Can Do

Over 3,000 Philadelphia mail ballots might not be counted due to issues such as lacking a signature, not using the second “secrecy” envelope, lacking a date or having a potentially incorrect date. HOWEVER, there’s still time to fix these issues if they affect your ballot or the ballot of a family member, friend or neighbor. An affected Philadelphia voter must act before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 to make sure their ballot counts. You can view the list and information on what to do by clicking here.

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Pennsylvania voters are choosing a new governor and a new U.S. senator. If you’re voting by mail, you can return your completed ballot at one of 18 city drop boxes that are available 24 hours a day until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, or at one of 20 staffed drop-off sites that are open on a rotating schedule, mostly Monday through Friday. A postmark doesn’t count – a mail ballot must be in a city ballot drop box or RECEIVED at the board of elections by 8 p.m. Tuesday.

You can click here to learn how to avoid the “naked ballot” problem that has invalidated some mail ballots in Pennsylvania. It’s also important to mark the correct date on the outer envelope (NOT your date of birth), especially since there have been legal battles this year over ballots that have no date or an incorrect date. 

For in-person Election Day voting, polling places will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8. You can check your polling place address here.

You may also find the following information from the Philadelphia Inquirer to be useful:

  • Philadelphia County Board of Elections: Investigates complaints about voting and issues in and around polling locations. You can call 215-686-1590 to report misinformation or other election complaints.
  • District Attorney Office’s Election Task Force (ETF): Investigates criminal complaints of voting and activity at polling locations. You can call 215-686-9641 to report misinformation or other election complaints.
  • Pennsylvania Department of State: Investigates complaints regarding election security. You can call 1-877-868-3772 or click here to submit a complaint online.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Investigates potential election crimes including disinformation. You can call the FBI Philadelphia field office at 215-418-4000 and ask for the election crimes coordinator or submit information at tips.fbi.gov.

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Dwight Evans

Member of Congress

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