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§ 3146.3. Official absentee voters ballots

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 25 P.S. Elections & Electoral DistrictsEffective: March 27, 2020

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 25 P.S. Elections & Electoral Districts (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 14. Election Code (Refs & Annos)
Article XIII. Voting by Qualified Absentee Electors (Refs & Annos)
Effective: March 27, 2020
25 P.S. § 3146.3
§ 3146.3. Official absentee voters ballots
<Section 17 of Act 2020, March 27, P.L. 41, No. 12, imd. effective, provides that the amendment of 25 P.S. § 3146.3(a) by that Act shall apply to envelopes and ballots purchased, printed or acquired after March 27, 2020 and that the amendment of 25 P.S. § 3146.3(e) by that Act shall apply to elections occurring on or after November 2, 2020.>
(a) In districts in which ballots are used, the ballots for use by such absentee electors under the provisions of this act shall be the official ballots printed in accordance with sections 1002 and 1003:1 Provided, however, That the county board of elections when preparing the official ballots for absentee electors shall be required to track the name of the applicant to which a ballot is being sent. The county board of elections shall also be required to print, stamp or endorse upon such official ballots the words, Official Absentee Ballot. Such ballots shall be distributed by such boards as hereinafter provided.
(b) In districts in which voting machines are used and in those districts in which paper ballots are used and the county board of elections therein do not print official absentee ballots in accordance with sections 1002 and 1003, the ballots for use by such absentee electors under the provisions of this act shall be prepared sufficiently in advance by the county board of elections and shall be distributed by such boards as hereinafter provided. Such ballots shall be marked official absentee ballot but shall not be numbered and shall otherwise be in substantially the form for ballots required by article ten of this act, which form shall be determined and prescribed by the secretary of the commonwealth.
(c) In districts in which electronic voting systems are utilized, the absentee ballot may be in the form of a ballot card which shall be clearly stamped on its face “Absentee Ballot.”
(d) In cases where there is not time to print on said ballots the names of the various candidates, the county board of elections shall print special write-in absentee ballots which shall be in substantially the form of other official absentee ballots except that such special write-in absentee ballots shall contain blank spaces only under the titles of such offices in which electors may insert, by writing or stamping, the names of the candidates for whom they desire to vote, and in such cases the county board of elections shall furnish to electors lists containing the names of all the candidates named in nomination petitions or who have been regularly nominated under the provisions of this act, for the use of such electors in preparing their ballots. Special write-in absentee ballots also shall include all constitutional amendments and other questions to be voted on by the electors.
(e) The official absentee voter ballot shall state that an elector who receives an absentee ballot pursuant to section 13012 and whose voted ballot is not timely received by the commission and who, on election day, is capable of voting at the appropriate polling place may only vote on election day by provisional ballot unless the elector brings the elector's absentee ballot to the elector's polling place, remits the ballot and the envelope containing the declaration of the elector to the judge of elections to be spoiled and signs a statement subject to the penalties under 18 Pa.C.S. § 4904 (relating to unsworn falsification to authorities) to the same effect.

Credits

1937, June 3, P.L. 1333, No. 320, art. XIII, § 1303, added 1951, March 6, P.L. 3, § 11. Amended 1963, Aug. 13, P.L. 707, § 22, effective Jan. 1, 1964; 1980, July 11, P.L. 600, No. 128, § 5, imd. effective; 1982, May 7, P.L. 393, No. 114, § 2, effective Jan. 1, 1983; 1986, May 5, P.L. 150, No. 47, § 5, imd. effective; 1990, Dec. 17, P.L. 681, No. 169, § 6, effective in 60 days; 2019, Oct. 31, P.L. 552, No. 77, § 5.1, imd. effective; 2019, Nov. 27, P.L. 673, No. 94, § 5, imd. effective; 2020, March 27, P.L. 41, No. 12, § 9, imd. effective.

Footnotes

25 P.S. §§ 2962 and 2963.
25 P.S. § 3146.1.
25 P.S. § 3146.3, PA ST 25 P.S. § 3146.3
Current through Act 4 of the 2024 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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