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§ 3509. Timely casting of ballot

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 25 Pa.C.S.A. ElectionsEffective: December 24, 2012

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 25 Pa.C.S.A. Elections
Part IX. Conduct of Elections
Chapter 35. Uniform Military and Overseas Voters (Refs & Annos)
Effective: December 24, 2012
25 Pa.C.S.A. § 3509
§ 3509. Timely casting of ballot
To be valid:
(1) a military-overseas ballot must be received by the appropriate county election board not later than the close of the polls; or
(2) the voter must submit the ballot for mailing or other authorized means of delivery not later than 11:59 p.m. at the place where the voter completes the ballot on the date immediately preceding the date of the election.


2012, Oct. 24, P.L. 1490, No. 189, § 1, effective in 60 days [Dec. 24, 2012].
Requiring that the ballot be completed by 12:01 a.m. local time on Election Day ensures that covered voters will not be able to cast a vote with knowledge of the election night returns of the jurisdiction whose ballot the voter is voting. One way in which a military-overseas ballot may be submitted for mailing by a uniformed service member is by giving the ballot to the mail clerk or designated service member responsible for handling mail for a particular unit of the uniformed services. Also allowing a valid ballot to be received by local officials through the close of the polls will increase the voting time available in those circumstances in which facsimile or other electronic transmission of voted ballots is permitted.
Uniform Law:
This section is similar to § 10 of the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act. See Uniform Laws Annotated, Master Edition, or Uniform Laws Annotated on Westlaw.
25 Pa.C.S.A. § 3509, PA ST 25 Pa.C.S.A. § 3509
Current through 2020 Regular Session Act 8. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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