LGBT people deserve to have our voices heard! Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center is a non-partisan organization that does not, cannot, and will not suggest who to vote for -- but we are clear about the importance of voting!
Our votes are our voices, and it’s important that we are all heard as we elect leaders to represent us at the local, state, and national levels.
Our elected representatives make decisions on issues critical to LGBT people’s lives every day! Examples include decisions about healthcare, HIV/AIDS funding, civil rights protections, school safety, and so much more. Every elected official -- local and national -- makes decisions that impacts the livelihoods of LGBT people. That’s why our community votes!
Here are three simple actions to take:
- Register to vote: October 19 is the official deadline to register to vote in the general election. Register to vote here: pa-votes.org/bslgbt.
- Apply for a mail-in ballot: This is the first year that all Pennsylvanians can vote by mail. As we continue to take precautions against the coronavirus, this is the safest option for those of us who are at higher risk. October 27 is the official deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot for the general election. Sign up for a mail-in ballot, here: pa-votes.org/bslgbt.
- Sign up for election reminders: Election Day is November 3. Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm for those who are voting in person. Those who are voting via mail-in ballots should mail their ballot so that it is postmarked by or before this date, or they drop it off at a county election office before the 8:00 pm that day. Sign up for election reminders, here: pa-votes.org/bslgbt.
What should I do if I’m concerned about delays at the post office?
There’s no need to wait, you can apply for your mail-in ballot today! Once you have your ballot, you should complete and mail it as soon as possible to avoid any issues with potential delays. If you prefer, you can also drop off your completed ballot at your county election office.
If you do not receive your ballot in time to vote, you can go to your polling place and request a provisional ballot. Be sure to double-check your polling location here.
Where can I drop off my mail-in ballot?
In Lehigh County, residents can drop off their ballots at Lehigh County Government Center, located at 17 S. 7th Street, Allentown, PA 18101. This office is typically open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. On Election Day, this office will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
In Northampton County, residents can drop off their ballots at Northampton County Elections Office, located at 669 Washington Street, Room 1211, Easton, PA 18042. This office is typically open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. On Election Day, this office will be open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Pennsylvania residents of other counties can look up their county election office here.