Guidance on Signature Matching for Pennsylvania Voters:
Pennsylvania mail-in ballots must be signed by the voter. The ballot signature must match the voter’s registration signature. The mail-in ballot may be disqualified by election officials if the signatures do not match, and the vote will not count.
Similarly, voters who appear in person to vote on Election Day must also sign in. An election official will compare the sign-in signature with the voter’s registration signature before permitting the voter to proceed.
If you are worried you do not remember your signature, re-register to vote at pennvotes.org/register before the registration deadline.
Guidance on Where Students Can Vote in the 2020 General Election:
The 2020 election presents unique circumstances in terms of where college students can register to vote. State election officials are still evaluating their official guidance, as there are complications where existing state and federal laws do not account for enrollment without prior residency. PLTV will update its recommendations if there are additional clarifications, but the following is our current guidance regarding voting in Pennsylvania:
If you are a student who is already registered in Pennsylvania but staying at home this semester, you can request a Pennsylvania mail-in ballot to be sent to your current address, OR you can register and vote where you will be living from the registration deadline through Election Day.
If you are not already registered in Pennsylvania and are not living in Pennsylvania this semester, we suggest registering and voting where you will be living from the registration deadline through Election Day.
Our guidance is based on the fact that both federal law (Higher Education Act of 1965) and Supreme Court precedent says that students can vote where they attend school. In addition, Pennsylvania requires that voters must be a resident of the state for at least 30 days between when they register and Election Day, which disqualifies those who have never lived and are currently not living in Pennsylvania. These 30 days do not need to be the 30 days directly before the election.