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§ 3506. Methods of applying for military-overseas 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. § 3506
§ 3506. Methods of applying for military-overseas ballot
(a) Registered voters.--A covered voter who is registered to vote in this Commonwealth may apply for a military-overseas ballot using either the absentee ballot application provided under the Election Code or the Federal postcard application.
(b) Nonregistered voters.--A covered voter who is not registered to vote in this Commonwealth may use a Federal postcard application to simultaneously register to vote under section 3505 (relating to registering to vote) and to apply for a military-overseas ballot.
(c) Electronic transmission system.--
(1) 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 the submission of both a Federal postcard application and any other approved electronic military-overseas ballot application sent to the appropriate county election board.
(2) The covered voter may use the electronic transmission system or any other approved method to apply for a military-overseas ballot.
(d) Use of Federal write-in absentee ballot.--A uniformed-service voter may use the Federal write-in absentee ballot to apply for a military-overseas ballot and to vote at the same time.
(e) Status of a covered voter.--To receive the benefits of this chapter, a covered voter must inform the appropriate county election board that the voter is a covered voter. Methods of informing the appropriate county election board that a voter is a covered voter include all of the following:
(1) The use of a Federal postcard application or Federal write-in absentee ballot.
(2) The use of an overseas address on an approved voter registration application or ballot application.
(3) The inclusion on an approved voter registration application or ballot application of other information sufficient to identify the voter as a covered voter.
(f) Construction.--Nothing in this chapter shall preclude a covered voter from voting absentee under applicable provisions of the Election Code.

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2012, Oct. 24, P.L. 1490, No. 189, § 1, effective in 60 days [Dec. 24, 2012].
UNIFORM LAW COMMENT
The reference in subsection 7(a) to the voter's “jurisdiction” is a reference to the place where the voter is registered to vote. Both this section and Section 6 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. The bracketed language in subsection (d) mirrors bracketed language in the first sentence of section 8, and allows covered voters in states with an existing absentee ballot application deadline that is closer than five days before election day to take advantage of that later deadline.
HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES
Uniform Law:
This section is similar to § 7 of the Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act. See Uniform Laws Annotated, Master Edition, or Uniform Laws Annotated on Westlaw.
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