WPSi Alumni Newsletter
Hey Alumni,

The upcoming election on November 3rd is one of the most important elections of our lifetimes. We encourage you to make your voice heard by casting your vote. Read more below for more details on the voting process.

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We hope that some of the opportunities and resources that we share are helpful to you during this time. However, if they are not and your current needs are not reflected in our efforts, we'd love to hear from you. Let us know how you're doing or how we can help by filling out a brief survey.
COVID-19 Resources
We have updated the UCD hosted list of COVID-19 Community Resources! This list has been updated to reflect the adjustments that are anticipated with Philadelphia county entering a new phase.

Who Can Vote
You have to register to vote before Election Day in Pennsylvania. Deadlines are listed below. To be eligible to register in Pennsylvania you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States at least one month before the next election
  • be a resident of Pennsylvania and your election district at least 30 days before the election
  • be at least 18 years of age on the day of the next election

If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor or are in pretrial detention, you may be able to vote! Generally, you can vote if you:

  • are a pretrial detainee, confined in a penal institution awaiting trial on charges of a felony or a misdemeanor
  • got released or will get released by the date of the next election from a correctional facility or halfway house (this must be upon completion of the term of incarceration for conviction of a misdemeanor or a felony)
  • are on probation or released on parole
  • are under house arrest (home confinement)

You may not vote it you:

  • Are currently confined in a penal institution for conviction of a felony (even if you are also incarcerated for one or more misdemeanor offenses) and will not be released from confinement before the next election
  • Are in a community confinement facility or other alternative correctional facility for conviction of a felony and will not be released before the date of the next election
  • Were convicted of violating any provision of the Pennsylvania Election Code within the last four years. 

For more information on the voting Rights of Convicted Felons, Convicted Misdemeanants and Pretrial Detainees, click here.
Registration Information
It is highly recommended that everyone check their PA voter registration is active—there are a bunch of different ways that your status can become inactive, and sometimes it happens for seemingly no reason at all. There are two ways to check:

Registration deadlines

  • Online: Oct. 19
  • By mail: Received by Oct. 19
  • In person: Oct. 19
Before You Vote
The General Election is more than voting for the next president and vice president. To learn more about the people and potential changes that you will see on the ballot when you vote, click here.
How to Vote
The City Commissioners opened temporary in-person mail-in voting satellite offices where voters can register to vote, if needed, request a mail-in ballot in-person, receive it, vote, and return it, all at the same location. For more information and locations, including a few in West Philly, click here.

The application to receive your absentee ballot can be submitted online here. You will need a PA driver’s license or PennDOT ID card to complete the online form.

Super important! When you receive your ballot, make sure that you place the ballot in the secrecy envelope and then put the secrecy envelope into the official envelope. Then sign the declaration—or your ballot may not count. 
Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Deadlines

  • Request: Oct. 27 (The earlier you request, the better!)
  • Return by mail: Postmarked by Nov. 3
  • Return in person: Nov. 3 by 8:00pm
Vote In Person

Early Voting

Pennsylvania voters can also vote before Election Day through a process called absentee in-person voting. The period for absentee in-person voting runs from Monday, September 14, 2020 to Tuesday, October 27, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
Work to Make Elections in PA Possible
Poll Workers

Poll Workers get paid for training and election day, learn about PA elections, gain experience, and make voting happen. If you are interested in becoming a Poll Worker, learn more and fill out the interest form here.
Clerical Assistant

This temporary position pays $15/hr at 40 hours per week and training can start as soon as today, September 30th. There will be 17 different locations that candidates can eventually chose from to report to work to assist with the election process. This is clerical work performed in support of a city-wide general election. Once you apply, a representative from PA CareerLink will contact you to perform a screening and provide a full overview of the opportunities. Apply here!
Meet three graduates of University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative who are on the path to realizing their career dreams with Philadelphia employers:
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