VOTING IN PENNSYLVANIA
 

 
VOTER REGISTRATION

Forms and Deadlines

Registration Form (English)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
By Mail: Postmarked thirty (30) days before Election Day.
In-Person: Thirty (30) days before Election Day.

To find where to register in person, or for more information:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your County Elections Office

Online Registration

Voters can register to vote or update their information ONLINE.

Voters will be asked to provide a Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card to register online. Voters who do not have the requested ID may upload a digital signature or submit their signature by mail to complete the registration process.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Thirty (30) days before Election Day.

Election Day Registration

Currently, voters are NOT permitted to register to vote on Election Day.

EXCEPTION: Voters on active duty in the military, or who are a hospitalized or bedridden veteran, can register at any time.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which permits all voters to register at their polling place on Election Day.

Automatic Registration

Currently, voters are NOT automatically registered to vote.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which will automatically register eligible Pennsylvania residents to vote when they apply for a driver's license or interact with other state agencies.

Can you pre-register?

LIMITED. Voters who will be eighteen (18) before the end of the calendar year and on or before Election Day may register.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation that will permit eligible voters to pre-register to vote after they turn sixteen (16) as well as automatically pre-register them to vote if they apply for a driver's license.

Have you moved?

For registered voters who have moved within the state of Pennsylvania but have not updated their voter registration information.

NEW Address, SAME Polling Place
Voters can vote at their usual polling place after confirming their change of address regardless of how close to the election they moved.

NEW Address, SAME County, NEW Polling Place
Voters can vote at the polling place associated with their old address after confirming your new address in writing.

Moved to a NEW County
Voters can vote at the polling place associated with their old address after confirming their new address in writing.

Click HERE to find your Polling Place.

Address Confidentiality Program

Voters who are members of the ACP may choose to keep their address confidential and use their ACP address when registering to vote. Voters can go HERE for more information on registering, or how to join the program.

 

 
VOTING

Early Voting

Only Absentee Voters may vote early in person (AKA "in person absentee voting"). Voters who qualify may apply for an absentee ballot at their County Elections Office and vote that ballot at the same time.

See ABSENTEE VOTING for more info.

Ask your state representatives to expand in-person early voting to all Pennsylvania voters.

Vote-by-Mail

Only Absentee Voters may vote-by-mail. See ABSENTEE VOTING for more info.

Ask your state representatives and ask them to expand vote-by-mail to all Pennsylvania voters.

Absentee Voting

Only QUALIFIED voters may vote an absentee ballot. Check HERE to see if you qualify.

Absentee Ballot Application
Permanent Absentee Ballot Application
Emergency Absentee Ballot Application
"Last Minute" Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

APPLICATION DEADLINE
By Mail: Received by 5:00pm the Tuesday before Election Day.
Emergency: Received by 5:00pm the Friday before Election Day.
Last Minute: Received by 8:00pm on Election Day.

For more info on Absentee Voting:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your County Elections Office

Ask your state representatives to create "no excuse" absentee voting for all Pennsylvania voters.

Do you need Voter ID?

First-time voters or re-registered voters MAY be asked to provide ID from a list of approved IDs.

NOTE: Voters who cannot provide the requested ID may vote a Provisional Ballot. See Provisional Ballots for more info.

Provisional Ballots

Voters may have to vote a Provisional Ballot on Election Day if:

• the voter cannot provide the requested photo ID
• their name is not on the registered voters list
• their right to vote is challenged
• (Primaries Only) they are registered with a particular party, but the roster shows them registered with another.

Check Provisional Ballot Status

Polling Hours

7:00am to 8:00pm, Eastern Time Zone

IMPORTANT: If you are in line by 8:00pm you are guaranteed the right to vote. Do NOT get out of line.

Primary Election Rules

Voters must affiliate with a party to vote on that party's primary ballot. Unaffiliated voters or voters who wish to switch parties must register with the party they wish to vote for in the primary at least thirty (30) days before the Primary Election.

CHANGE PARTY AFFILIATION DEADLINE
Thirty (30) days before the Primary Election

Youth Vote in Primary?

NO. You must eighteen (18) or older to vote in a primary election.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which allows voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before a General or Special Election to vote in the preceding Primary Election.

Having a problem?

If you are experiencing difficulty voting, intimidation from poll workers or other voters, long lines, broken machines, a closed or incorrect polling station, or any other obstacle keeping you from casting your ballot, call the:

Election Protection Hotline
• English 866-687-8683
• Spanish 888-839-8682
• Arabic 844-925-5287
• Asian (multiple) 888-274-8683

 

 
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

College Students

Students from out-of-state attending college in Pennsylvania, or students who already live in Pennsylvania but attend college in another part of the state can visit the:

Official State Website
Campus Project

Military/Overseas

For more info on registering to vote and voting, Military and Overseas voters can go to the:

Official State Website
Federal Voting Assistance Program
Overseas Vote Foundation

Felony conviction?

Voters convicted of a felony will have their right to vote automatically restored after:

  • completing their term of incarceration

NOTE
• Voters who will be released before the next Election can register to vote.
• Voters awaiting trial, or on probation and/or parole may register to vote and vote.
• Voters convicted of violating the Pennsylvania Election Code will have their rights restored four (4) years after the date of their conviction.

ADDITIONAL INFO
• Voters who lost their right to vote MUST re-register to vote.
• For more assistance, voters can use the Campaign Legal Center's website to Restore Your Vote.

Have a disability?

Voters with a disability who need more information about accessibility and voting can visit the Official State Website.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: We try to have the most current and complete information. But, if you think something is incorrect or incomplete, please feel free to LET US KNOW so we can correct it. Furthermore, we encourage voters to contact their state election officials if they have any questions.