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!
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.