Election Reforms Including Vote by Mail!
The right to vote is the keystone of democracy. While PA may lag behind most states in our minimum wage, we now lead the nation in early voting!
In October 2019, Governor Wolf signed Act 77, making major changes to how elections will be conducted in Pennsylvania, starting with the elections in 2020. It will be our responsibility in the Union Movement to educate and organize our members so that they are aware of these changes and can take full advantage of the expanded opportunity to participate in our elections in Pennsylvania.
No Excuse Vote by Mail (50-day period)
The 50-day vote-by-mail period for the April 28 Primary Election will begin on March 9, 2020. This is the longest period of mail-in voting in the country!
Voters can request their mail-in ballot through an online form. Voters can sign up for a permanent vote-by-mail list and receive ballots automatically for every election. We will have access to lists of who has requested, received, and returned mail-in ballots, enabling us to conduct targeted GOTV on members who received a ballot but have yet to return them.
Voters may also appear in person to their County Board of Elections during regular business hours within this 50-day period to vote early in person.
Extended Voter Registration Period
The deadline to register to vote (or to update registration) has been extended from 30 days out to 15 days before an election.
Straight Party Voting is eliminated.
In General Elections, there will no longer be an option to vote for an entire party ticket with a single button.
The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is excited to unions and our members on this great step forward.