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October 27, 2020Advocacy Matters

Keep Calm, Go Vote, and Count on Past November 3rd 

Disability Matters with Joyce Bender 

October 27, 2020 



Keep Calm, Go Vote, and Count on Past November 3rd 


A few important reminders as we head into the final stretch before Election Day. 

We will not know the outcome of the vote in Pennsylvania until at least 3 days after the election.  There was litigation related to the issue and it made its way all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Voters in Pennsylvania can have their ballots counted if they postmark their mail-in ballots by November 3 and they are received by the county election office on Friday, November 6.   

If you go to our website at we have a link to the Election Protection website (  Election Protection provides a map of the U.S. with election information in every state.  The information includes important deadlines for mail-in voting and early voting.  They also provide voter hotline information for each state.  

In Pennsylvania, today is the last day to vote early at your county elections office or apply for mail-in, absentee, or remote accessible ballot.  If you had plans to vote early, by mail or accessible ballot, you have act now.  Don’t wait.  Otherwise, your voting plan will be more limited after today.  

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar issued a press release today to encourage voters to hand-deliver their ballots to their county-designated drop box location.  Some locations in our state still have mail delivery delays of up to seven days.   

If you cannot leave your home to drop off your ballot, you may be able to utilize a designated agent to drop off your ballot.  Call Disability Rights Pennsylvania at 800-692-7443 for more information or visit our website for a fact sheet on how to use the form.  ( 

More than 3 million Pennsylvanians have applied to vote by mail.  About half of us, 1.45 million, have already mailed our ballots or taken them directly to our designated county dropbox.   

If you want help to put a voting plan together in Pennsylvania, call us at Disability Rights Pennsylvania.  Our voter hotline is live now and is opened from Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm.  Call 800-692-7443.  On Election Day, we will answer the phones live from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm at 800-692-7443. 

#AdvocacyMatters.  Keep calm, go vote, and be ready for the count to last past November 3rd.