How we vote in Patterson Heights

    This information was posted originally in 2019, but it has really not changed.  We now record our votes on a paper ballot, which is then recorded by a scanner.  We simply added a step to the voting procedure, so that people can have more faith in the process.  


This year the legislature has made it possible to vote by mail without having to provide a reason for not actually going to the polls.  With the need to maintain social distance now, this could be a great alternative.  Apply for your mail-in ballot at www.VotesPA.com.  


There has been much discussion lately about fraudulent ballots, people voting multiple times, and not having a paper trail to verify votes.  Here is an explanation of why voter fraud is not an issue in Patterson Heights.


     When the voting machines are opened and set up the morning of the election, they are attached to printer, which creates a "zero tape,"  a paper tape which shows the current total for each race on the ballot at the time the machines are opened.  The totals are all zeroes, the zero tapes are printed, and attached to the walls in the polling place.

     

     Each voter first stops at a table, where one of the elected inspectors finds the voter's name in a binder, showing that the voter has previously registered to vote.  The voter signs his name next to the printed name.  The next person at the table assigns a number to that particular voter, and writes the voter's name in a book next to the number.  The third person at the table again finds the voter's name on a list of registered voters, and records the name and number in yet another book.   


     The voter next moves to one of the voting machines, which has been reset with a fresh ballot.  After the choices are made, the voter must then push a button to cast the ballot, and touch the screen to confirm the vote.  


     At the end of the day, the machines are put through a shut-down process in which the votes are tabulated, and recorded onto a memory card.  New paper tapes are printed with election results, and these tapes are once again posted.  The memory cards are removed from the machines, placed in a special pouch, and returned to the election officials at the Courthouse.


     After the voting machines have been closed, members of the election team check the absentee ballots for accuracy, and that they have been submitted correctly in signed envelopes.  The ballots are shuffled (so it can't be determined who voted for whom), opened, and recorded just as all the other voters were.  


Once everything is placed in its proper pouch or bag, it is all returned to the Beaver County Courthouse right away.  The election team is glad to see the end of their long day!

Important Dates for 2020

First day to circulate and file nomination petitions                                                            January 28                                                               

Last day to circulate and file nomination petitions                                                            February 18

First day to circulate and file nomination papers                                                                February 19

Last day for withdrawal by candidates who filed nomination petitions                   March 4


Last day to REGISTER before the primary                                                                             May 18

Last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot                                              May 26

Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated at the primary                                August 12

Last day to REGISTER before the November election                                                          October 7

Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot                                                                       October 29

Last day for County Board of Elections to receive civilian absentee ballots              November 1

MUNICIPAL ELECTION                                                                                                                  November 5

First day to REGISTER after November election                                                                     November 6

Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots   June 2

GENERAL PRIMARY         Polls are open from 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.                                June 2

First day to REGISTER after primary                                                                                       June 3

Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee

ballots (submitted for delivery no later than 11:59 P.M. on April 27)                       June 9

Last day to circulate and file nomination papers                                                             August 3

Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated by nomination papers          August 10


Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated at the primary                          August 10


Last day to REGISTER before the November election                                                    October 19


Last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot                                           October 27


Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted mail-in and civilian

absentee ballots (must be received by 8 P.M.)                                                                  November 3


GENERAL ELECTION  Polls are open from 7 A.M. to 8 P.M.                                          November 3


First day to register AFTER November election.                                                               Novwmber 4


Last day for County Boards of  Elections to receive voted military and 

overseas absentee ballots (submitted for delivery no later than 11:59 P.M.

on November 2)                                                                                                                             November 10



                       Note:  All dates in this calendar are subject to change without notice.

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