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§ 3505. Registering to vote

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. § 3505
§ 3505. Registering to vote
(a) General rule.--A covered voter who desires to vote in an election but who is not registered must register to vote within the time periods required by the Election Code. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b)(2) or any other law, neither an active uniformed-service voter nor a veteran of a uniformed service who is bedridden or hospitalized due to illness or physical disability shall be required to register to vote prior to or simultaneous with the submission of a military-overseas ballot.
(b) Simultaneous registration.--
(1) A covered voter may use the Federal postcard application to register to vote and to apply for a military-overseas ballot at the same time.
(2) A uniformed-service voter may use the Federal write-in absentee ballot to register to vote and to vote at the same time.
(3) The use of the Federal postcard application under paragraph (1) and the Federal write-in absentee ballot under paragraph (2) to register to vote is in addition to any other registration method allowed by law.
(c) Electronic transmission system.--The secretary shall ensure that the electronic transmission system described in section 3503(c) (relating to duties and responsibilities of secretary) is capable of accepting a Federal postcard application and any other approved electronic registration application sent to the appropriate county election board. The voter may use the electronic transmission system or any other approved method to register to vote.
(d) Construction.--Nothing in this section shall require a covered voter to register to vote, prior to or concurrently with voting, if the covered voter is otherwise entitled under applicable provisions of the Election Code or any other statute to vote without registering.

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2012, Oct. 24, P.L. 1490, No. 189, § 1, effective in 60 days [Dec. 24, 2012].
UNIFORM LAW COMMENT
Both this section and Section 7 are designed to encourage the use of the federal postcard application while yet allowing military and overseas voters to use a state's pre-existing voter forms, and to permit states to develop alternative forms if they wish. However, the sections are not intended to require states or local election jurisdictions to revise their existing forms, or to prepare new forms for voters covered under this act. Instead, to the extent that a state's existing forms do not collect sufficient information to properly classify overseas and military voters, Section 7(e) requires voters who use the state forms to affirmatively indicate their status as a covered voter. States that choose to revise their forms for whatever reason should ensure that the revised forms facilitate voting under this act.
HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES
Uniform Law:
This section is similar to § 6 of the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act. See Uniform Laws Annotated, Master Edition, or Uniform Laws Annotated on Westlaw.
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