Election Information You Need: Vote411

For personalized voting and other voting information visit Vote411

Find the list of official Indiana County Candidates for the November 7, 2023 Election

General Election:

General Election Polls are open from 7 A.M. to 8 P.M. on November 7, 2023. 

Deadlines for returning your mail-in or civilian absentee ballot: 

  • By mail: must be received by 8 P.M. on November 7, 2023.

  • In-person: must be returned to your county board of elections office or other designated location or drop box by 8 P.M. 

Election Protection Information:

If community members run into any problems or have questions on Election Day, contact the Election Protection Hotline

    • English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE / 1-866-687-8683
    • Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682
    • Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US / 1-844-925-5287
    • Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, or Vietnamese: 1-888-274-8683

Election Day hotline:

  • Pennsylvanians who need information or encounter problems at their polling place should call the official election day hotline toll free at:
    • 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772)

Disability Accommodations on Election Day:

  • If a voter is in need of accommodations and accessibility needs at their polling center, or has any questions and concerns, call 1-800-692-7443 and a Disability Rights PA staff will take the call. All Offices are open generally Monday through Friday 9am-3pm with the exception of federal holidays.
    • Harrisburg Office: 1-800-692-7443
    • Philadelphia Office: (215) 238-8070
    • Pittsburgh Office: (412) 391-5225
    • Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) – 1 (833) 692-7443 Option 3
  • If a voter has a disability that prevents them from applying in person for a mail-in/absentee ballot or delivering a mail-in/absentee ballot, they may designate an agent to deliver the ballot materials. To designate an agent, call 1-877-868-3772 for more information.

Priorities for 2023

The program priorities for 2023 are the following:

  1. Partnering with nonpartisan community groups to improve voter awareness
  2. Researching and directing advocacy of the voting process
  3. Supporting civics education initiatives.

Voter Services 2022

Useful links:

Voter Registration

Members of the League of Women Voters of Indiana County collaborate with community partners as well as lead voter registration events. Examples of voter registration events held in the past few years are listed below.

  1. Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Community Involvement Fair
  2. Northern Appalachian Folk Festival
  3. Indiana County Farmers Market
  4. Indiana Free Library and local coffee cafes in coordination with National Voter Registration Day
  5. United States Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony hosted by IUP.

Voting and Elections:

This official Pennsylvania government website contains information about all aspects of voting in Pennsylvania including the following:

  • Registering to vote
  • Checking your voter registration status
  • Tracking your absentee and mail-in ballots.

League of Women Voters Education Fund:

This League of Women Voters of the United States website includes information about voting and elections including the following:

  • Checking your voter registration
  • Identifying what is on your ballot
  • Locating your polling place
  • Notifications of debates in your area.

Find Your Legislator:

The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania provides an easy way for you to locate the contact information for your state and federal elected officials.

  • Check here for contact information for the Representatives from the 55th, 60th, 62nd and 66th Districts and for the Senator from the 41st district.
  • Check here for a list of Services provided by Representatives and Senator Pittman

Legislative Interviews

Members of the League of Women Voters of Indiana County (LWVIC) lead interviews with Indiana County legislators. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (LWVPA) provides a series of questions focusing on the priority issues for the current legislative session. Prior to the scheduled meetings, interview questions are provided to our legislators.

The interviews are an important part of the League’s work. The LWVIC shares what we learn through the interviews with the LWVPA. These Legislative interviews afford us the opportunity to educate our legislators about issues, identify legislation we intend to support or oppose, and they assist us in building and maintaining relationships with our local legislators.

Click here for the Legislative Interview Summary with Rep. Jim Struzzi on March 7, 2022

Click here for the Legislative Interview Summary with Senator Joe Pittman on March 21, 2022.

Candidates Night

 Members of the League of Women Voters of Indiana County (LWVIC) host a forum titled “Candidates Night” to provide community members with the opportunity to learn more about candidates. This nonpartisan event allows candidates for office to respond to questions posed by audience members. A screening team of League members accepts written questions from audience members. The event is open to the public and is broadcast over radio station 1160 WCCS. Stayed tuned for 2021 events. 

Legislative Update: Pennsylvania

Our Latest Newsletter

Voting – Know Your Rights:

Detailed below are basic “Know your Voting Rights” For more information, visit Vote.pa.gov/Know your Rights and Vote.pa.gov.

  • It is illegal for any state or local government to discriminate against anyone by denying them the right to vote based on their:
    • Race
    • Ethnicity
    • National origin, and or
    • Membership in a language minority.
  • Your right to vote can only be challenged if a poll worker, poll watcher, or another voter says you do not live in the precinct or are not who you say you are.
  • It is illegal for any person or corporation to intimidate or coerce you to vote for or against a particular candidate or political issue.
  • If the polls close while you’re still in line, stay in line – you have the right to vote.
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.
  • If the machines are down at your polling place, ask for a paper ballot.
  • If voting rules are being violated, alert the Judge of Elections at your polling location. You can also report election complaints or contact your Board of Elections directly through this link.

For urgent Election day complaints contact: The PA Voter hotline 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772)

"Ask the League" - Does My Vote Count? from LWV Pittsburgh Chapter

More informative videos from LWVPgh

THE WAY WE SEE IT: Get the 411 on municipal elections

The Indiana Gazette published an article on the League’s Vote411 platform on September 16:

     The League of Women Voters of Indiana County has been working on a project that will benefit everyone with no regard for one’s political leanings.

     It’s called VOTE411, part of a nationwide program of the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan, grassroots organization working to protect and expand voting rights and ensure everyone is represented in our democracy. The group aims to empower voters and defend democracy through advocacy, education and litigation at the local, state, and national levels.

     The way we see it, it’s a win-win for Indiana County residents.

 

To read more, click here.

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Voter Services Committee and Fair Districts PA

Fair Districts PA is a nonpartisan, statewide coalition of organizations and individuals working to create a process for redistricting that is transparent, impartial, and fair. Visit the site for more information about Fair Districts, gerrymandering and the impact of partisan politics on our districts.

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2021 Workshops On Voting Laws

NEW VOTING LAWS: Impact on voting access

Legislative Update: United States

Legislative Update: Pennsylvania

Legislative Update: Indiana County

Voting Legislation Issues 2021 Report

Read about the current voter legislation issues here.

Indiana County Information

Information about Indiana County can be found at www.indianacountypa.gov including a directory of county government departments, services, contact information for offices and county officials and information on voter registration, elections and voting machines.

PA County Commissioners Urge Election Reform

Electoral College Presentation

The presentation by members of The Constitution Center on the Electoral College on January 26th was recorded and is now available online. To watch, click here.

Interactive Constitution

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Educational Resources

Citizen Education Subcommittee

The Citizen Education Subcommittee was formed in January 2021 and is working to increase public awareness of voting, civics and government with the aim of empowering citizens to participate in the democratic process.

The subcommittee members have discussed how to improve and expand our current programs (e.g., voter registration, legislative interviews, candidate’s forums) as well as developing new programs (e.g., age-appropriate educational materials for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5, voter registration events for high school seniors, community speaker series).

Committee members are divided into teams focusing on the following four audiences: 1. Elementary school students; 2. Secondary school students;  3. Community members; and 4. Elected officials. If you would like to join a team, please contact the team leader by email (Elementary: Misty Nocco – mistynocco@yahoo.com, Secondary: Anne Simmons – annesimmons447@gmail.com, Community/Elected Officials: Joyce Rizzo – rizzojoyce6@gmail.com)

Academics, historians, teachers, school administrators and state education leaders are working together on the Educating for American Democracy initiative.  They are discussing how civics and history are taught to American K-12 students. The Educating for American Democracy group is raising funds for curriculum development and teacher training. The group plans to release  a 36-page report and an accompanying 39-page road map that will provide guidance for the reimagining of the teaching of social studies, history and civics. Click here to read the article.

Social Studies is the integrated study of human society and its contributions, influences and impact on the world. There are many content areas which combine to create the overarching concept of social studies. The commonwealth of Pennsylvania has delineated the disciplines and developed academic standards in the social studies areas to be civics and government, economics, geography, history, and student interpersonal skills.

Civics and Government is the teaching and presentation of the principles and ideals of the American republican representative form of government as portrayed and experienced by the acts and policies of the framers of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States and Bill of Rights. Click here for the PA Academic Standards in Social Studies.

Candidates Night participants

L to R: Gina Force, Maria Jack, Marlene Connelly, Patrick Dougherty

Candidates are vying for either Judge of the Indiana County Common Pleas Court (Patrick Dougherty, Gina Force) or County Register of Wills/Recorder of Deeds/Clerk of Orphans Court (Marlene Connelly, Maria Jack)

Recent Statements by LWVIC Members and Community Partners.

Gerrymandering

House Resolution 1032

Voting and Election Issues