In this week's Advocacy and Policy Updates we have all you need to know about how to vote on Nov. 8th, the SNAP Emergency Allotments distribution calendar for November, how to easily claim the Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit or any missing portion of the third stimulus payment, and how to apply for LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Program) now that the application is open.
It is almost time to vote! The midterm election will be held on Tuesday November 8, and it’s time to make a plan to ensure that your voice will be heard! Before the election, you can find a sample ballot on your county election office website. If you plan to vote in person, the polls will be open from 7am-8pm. If you aren’t sure where to vote, you can look up your polling place online, and if it’s your first time voting or you are voting at a new polling place, you will need to show an ID in order to vote.
The deadline to request a mail-in or absentee ballot has passed, but if you’ve already requested a ballot, remember that your ballot must be received by 8pm on Tuesday November 8. If you have a mail-in or absentee ballot and have not yet mailed it in, it is probably too late to do so. To ensure that your vote is counted, return your ballot at your county election office or other officially designated site. Please be sure to follow the instructions on the ballot closely, including using the secrecy envelope and filling out the voter’s declaration on the outside of the envelope. If you have a disability that prevents you from delivering your mail ballot, you can designate an agent in writing to deliver your ballot on your behalf, otherwise, each voter must deliver their own ballot.
Ahead of election day, it is important to know your rights at the polls. Check out the ACLU Pennsylvania’s voting rights information, and keep the number 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683), a nonpartisan election protection hotline, handy on election day if anything goes wrong. For resources in other languages, see the ACLU’s website.
SNAP Emergency Allotments (EAs)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved Pennsylvania’s request to issue EAs in November. EAs are the extra SNAP payments issued in the second half of the month. For more information, including payment dates, see our EA Flyer for November.
Simplified Filing for the Child Tax Credit
It’s not too late for families to claim the tax benefits they qualify for. Families can use the simplified filing tool at www.GetCTC.org/CAH, which allows families without a tax filing obligation to quickly claim the Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, and any missing portion of the third stimulus payment. This form, which will be available until November 15, takes about 15 minutes and does not require the submission of any tax documents. If you or someone in your community has not yet taken advantage of these benefits, visit www.GetCTC.org/CAH today!
Low-Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Earlier this week, the Department of Human Services (DHS) announced that LIHEAP is open for the 2022-2023 season. LIHEAP is a program that provides assistance for home heating bills so that Pennsylvanians with low incomes can stay warm and safe during the winter months. Applications for LIHEAP, which is available for both renters and homeowners, will be open from November 1, 2022 to April 28, 2023. To be eligible for LIHEAP, household income cannot exceed 150% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (see this chart). You can apply for LIHEAP online or fill out a paper application and return it to your local County Assistance office. For more information, visit the DHS LIHEAP website, or see the DHS LIHEAP Brochure (for additional languages visit the LIHEAP website).