Pennsylvania Election Information

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Registration Information


The deadline to register vote in Pennsylvania is: Received 30 days before the election.


To be eligible to register to vote in Pennsylvania, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States for at least one month before the next primary, special, municipal, or general election.
  • A resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which you want to register and vote for at least 30 days before the next primary, special, municipal, or general election.
  • At least 18 years of age on or before the day of the next primary, special, municipal, or general election.
  • Your voter registration form must be dropped off or postmarked by the deadline. 

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When can I vote in Pennsylvania?


Early Voting Information

In-person early voting available? No
By mail early voting available? No

How:

There is no early voting in the state of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania has absentee voting for certain groups of people, including individuals who are disabled or will be away from home and cannot make it to the polls because of their occupation or business (including leaves of absence for teaching, vacations and sabbatical leaves), as well as other reasons.

If eligible, your County Board of Elections must receive your application for an absentee ballot no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election. Note: you must provide your driver’s license number, the last four digits of Social Security Number, or a copy of an accepted photo ID when applying for an absentee ballot.  Your completed absentee ballot must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election.


Voting Hours on Election Day

The polls are open from:

7:00am to 8:00pm


Please contact your state election office for additional voting information, or click here to learn more about voting absentee in your state.

Where do I vote?


Find out here.
For more information, contact your state election office.

What do you need to bring?


In November 2013, voters will be asked, but not required, to show photo ID at the polls. Please find a list of acceptable IDs below:

  • A PA driver's license: Must be currently valid or expired less than 12 months at the time the voter is casting a vote
  • An ID issued by PennDOT: Must be currently valid or expired less than 12 months at the time the voter is casting a vote.     
  • A U.S. passport: Must have an expiration date.    
  • An active duty or retired U.S. military ID, including an ID for members of the PA National Guard: No expiration date required. 
  • A military dependent’s ID: Must have an expiration date. Expiration date must be after 11/6/12. 
  • An employee ID issued by federal, PA, PA county or PA municipal government. (A School District employee ID is not acceptable.) Must have an expiration date.
  • An ID issued by an accredited PA university, college, seminary, community college or two-year college to students, faculty, employees and alumni. Must have an expiration date.
  • An ID issued by a PA care facility (such as a long-term care nursing facility, assisted living residence or a personal care home). Must have an expiration date.

**Note: If you are first-time voter, you will still need to meet the identification requirement on Election Day.  You will need to show some form of ID.  If you use a non-photo ID, it must include your name and current address.


For more information, contact your state election office.

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