Know before you go: York County Election Day rules

David Weissman

Election Day is Tuesday, and there are a few rules and regulations York County voters should know before heading to the polls:

In this file photo, York County Elections and Voter Registration Director Nikki Suchanic, right, listens to Evelin Burgos, second from left in front row, as she asks a question at a poll workers training session held at Ronal Tool Company in West Manchester Township, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Do I need to bring any form of identification?

Some form of identification is required to vote in many states, but Pennsylvania is not one of them. However, those voting for the first time in their election district must show ID, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State. Acceptable photo IDs include a state-issued driver's license, U.S. passport, military ID, student ID or any ID issued by a federal or state agency. Acceptable nonphoto IDs include a voter registration card, firearm permit, utility bill, bank statement or government check. If using a nonphoto ID, it must contain your address.

Can I wear clothing/accessories supporting candidates or parties?

Nikki Suchanic, director of York County's elections office, said voters are allowed to wear things such as T-shirts, hats and pins that portray support for candidates or parties, which is not the case in some other states.

What should I do if I feel I'm intimidated at the polls?

It is illegal for any person or corporation to influence a voter through intimidation or coercion in the state, according to the Department of State, and anyone who feels intimidated at the polls is encouraged to contact the county board of elections at 717-771-9604 or by filing a complaint through the department's website at The only people allowed inside polling places are election officials, clerks, machine inspectors, certified poll watchers, residents in the process of voting, people legally giving assistance to voters and police officers. Those who do not fit into these categories must remain at least 10 feet away from the entrance.

Can someone challenge my right to vote?

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Certain people can challenge a person's right to vote for certain reasons, according to the Department of State. A poll worker, certified poll watcher or another registered voter may challenge a voter on the grounds that they do not live in the precinct or is not who he or she says he or she is. A voter who is challenged may still vote, however, by signing a challenge affidavit and producing a witness to vouch for him or her. If your name is not included in the poll book, but you believe this is a mistake, you can vote via a provisional ballot, which is a paper ballot that will be counted if it is determined that you were correct. Suchanic said paper ballots are available at all county polling places as a backup in case the electronic machines malfunction for any length of time.

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Can I receive assistance at the polls?

Assistance is allowed in Pennsylvania for voters who can't read or write, have difficulty understanding English, are blind, disabled or unable to operate a voting machine, according to the department. Assistance may be requested of a friend, relative, neighbor or another voter, and you don't need to be designated as "assistance permitted" in your district's poll book to receive assistance. However, if you're not listed as "assistance permitted" in the book, you must sign an assistance declaration.

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