DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act; Effective Date of the Section of the Law Requiring County Boards of Elections to Prepare Election Notices in Conjunction with a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot
[44 Pa.B. 139]
[Saturday, January 4, 2014]
The act of October 24, 2012 (P. L. 1490, No. 189) (Act 189) enacted 25 Pa.C.S. Chapter 35 (relating to Uniform Military and Overseas Voters Act) (UMOVA). Under section 2(2) of Act 189, 25 Pa.C.S. § 3514 (relating to election notices) is to apply to all elections (including general, municipal, special and primary elections) that occur ''following a date to be determined by the Department of State.'' Following its determination, the Department of State (Department) is required to publish the date in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and to post it on the Department's publicly accessible web site.
Under section 2(2) of Act 189, notice is hereby provided that the Department has determined that 25 Pa.C.S. § 3514 shall apply to all elections that occur after February 3, 2014. This notice also is posted on the Department's publicly accessible web site as required by section 2(2) of Act 189.
Section 3514 of 25 Pa.C.S. requires each county board of election to prepare an election notice for that jurisdiction at least 90 days before an election other than a special election and as soon as practicable before a special election, to be used in conjunction with a Federal write-in absentee ballot. The election notice is required to contain certain information under UMOVA and must be updated by the county board of election with the names of the candidates for each office and the specific information about ballot questions as that information becomes available. The election notice must be made publicly available. A county board of election that maintains a publicly accessible web site specifically must make the election notice available on the web site.
Contact Jessica Mathis, Chief of the Division of Elections in the Department's Bureau of Commissions, Election and Legislation, (717) 772-4507, firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 14-56. Filed for public inspection January 3, 2014, 9:00 a.m.]
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