Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day
What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
Pennsylvania’s voter registration form asks for your Pennsylvania driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Failure to provide this information could lead to you having to show additional identification when you vote that shows your picture or your name and address. Make sure to provide this information on the registration form so the state can verify your identity and you don’t run into problems when you cast your ballot. Pennsylvanians with a Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID may complete their voter registration through the online portal: https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/VoterRegistrationApplication.aspx Eligible voters without one of these may begin their voter registration through the online portal, but will have to complete the registration by printing the partially complete form, signing it, and mailing it to the county elections office.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
Only those voting for the first time at a polling place are required to show ID at the polls.
Where Do I Vote?
Look up your polling place at http://www.votespa.com. Your polling place is also listed on your voter confirmation card that you received from the county after registering.
Voters must cast their ballots in the correct precinct. Sometimes there are multiple precincts in one polling place, so confirm your precinct ahead of time and get in the correct line!
How Can I Vote?
- Pennsylvania residents who want to remain registered in their home county and vote absentee may do so if they have an acceptable excuse, which includes being away for college.
- Application Deadlines: Applications for mail-in ballots must be received by your county clerk by the 7th day before the election. Completed absentee ballots must be received by 5 p.m. the Friday before the election.
- Voters are required to provide their PA driver’s license or ID number, the last 4 digits of their Social Security Number or a copy of an ID when applying for an absentee ballot. Students may use a photocopy of a photo student ID card from an accredited public or private institution of higher learning in PA as ID.
- Pennsylvania also offers emergency absentee ballots for voters who did not know or have reason to apply for an absentee ballot before the regular deadline. Applications for emergency absentee ballots must be notarized and submitted to your county board of elections by 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day
On Election Day:
The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
This Guide was prepared by FELN staff who are not licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and FELN intends that the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania legal professional.
Last updated June 2016