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Welcome to the 2020 Voter guide for Realtors®. On these pages you will find important information about the upcoming general election, registering to vote, and candidates that are running for political office. Also included in this guide is information regarding which candidates have received support from the Pennsylvania Realtors® Political Action Committee (RPAC).
As a non-partisan organization, we recognize that our members have many different political views. The purpose of this guide is not to change those views. It is simply to provide our members with information about which incumbent legislators have been supportive of our issues, and which candidates in "open seat" legislative districts we feel would best protect our industry and private property rights. Open seat recommendations are based on interviews between the candidates of each party and a panel of your Realtor® colleagues.
The Suburban Realtors® Alliance encourages Realtors® to register to vote. If you are a first time voter, or have recently moved or changed your name, you may need to register or re-register to vote. Pennsylvanians now have more ways to register to vote. Now Pennsylvanians can register to vote or confirm voter registration by texting PA to 2VOTE (28683). In addition, Pennsylvanians can now register to vote online at www.votespa.com.
Pennsylvanians can verify voter registration status and congressional districts here.
Mail-in and absentee ballot applications must be received by Voter Services no later than 5 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the primary or election. However, it is recommended that you apply as early as possible to allow time for necessary mailings. Click here for an absentee ballot application. View more information about mail-in voting in the FAQ below.
Decisions regarding which candidates receive RPAC contributions are based solely on their positions on the issues, rather than political affiliation. In “open seat” legislative races where there is no incumbent candidate, or in districts where an incumbent has not been supportive of Realtor® issues, RPAC Trustees and local association board members will interview candidates to determine whether they should receive support from the Realtor® community. Incumbent candidates who have interviewed in the past or have been supportive of our issues have not been asked to respond to our interview questions.
Contact the Suburban Realtors® Alliance staff at (610) 981-9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org for direct assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is running?
County election offices make sample ballots available before the election. Click here and select your county to see if sample ballots are available yet.
How do the different elected offices affect real estate?
Visit our elected officials page to learn about how each elected office affects real estate.
How do I use the (new) voting machines?
Some suburban Philadelphia polling places have implemented new voting machines in 2020. Click here to see information and video demonstrations of what to expect at the polls.
What if you signed up for mail-in voting, but want to vote in person?
If you signed up for a mail-in ballot during the primary election, you may have selected the option to become a permanent mail-in voter. If so, you will receive a mail-in ballot for the general election when they are sent out around the end of September or early October.
Permanent mail-in voters who wish to change back to in-person voting have two options:
1. Fill out a cancellation form (like this one on the Delaware County website), or
2. Bring your mail-in ballot to the polling station and ask the election judge to spoil it so you can cast your vote at the polls.
How do I check if you’re signed up for a mail-in ballot for the general election?
To check if you’re signed up for a mail-in ballot for the general election, visit the Pa. Department of State’s Mail Ballot Status page.
If you are not set to receive a mail-in ballot, you will receive an error message after entering your information.
If you are a mail-in voter, you will be able to track whether your ballot is pending, has been mailed or has been received by the county election office.
What if I mailed in a ballot, but the state's ballot status website says it has not yet counted?
If you send in your ballot but it has not been marked as received by election day, you can go to the polling location and cast a provisional ballot.
Where can I find state legislative maps?
Visit the Legislative Maps section of our elected officials webpage to see maps by county with information about who holds the office.
You can also view our interactive Google Map, which will display municipal borders by default, but allows you to add layers for state legislative districts, Congressional districts and school districts.
What resources are available for Realtors® running for office?
Realtors® who are running for election to a municipal board of supervisors or school board can contact the Alliance today by emailing email@example.com or calling 610-981-9000.