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Voting in Pennsylvania

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Am I Eligible To Vote in Pennsylvania?

To register to vote in the State of Pennsylvania, an individual must meet the following qualifications:
  • 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.

In order to vote in any election, you must first be a registered voter. If you are a first-time voter or have recently moved to a different area or changed your name, you may need to register (or re-register) to vote. The registration process in Pennsylvania is quick and easy, and there are a variety of ways you can register.

Voter Registration Options in Pennsylvania

You have the following 3 options to register to vote in Pennsylvania:

In Person

You can register to vote at a County Voter Registration Office or other designated sites.

Check The Locations Where to Register

By Mail

You can register to vote by mail

Click here to download the Mail-In Voter Registration Form

Online

You can register to vote through the Pennsylvania Department of State's online application.

Click here to Register Online


How Do I Know I'm Registered?

  • Consider yourself registered when- and only when- you receive an acknowledgment from your county clerk.
  • Never assume you are registered to vote until you have received this acknowledgment.
  • Call your county clerk and inquire about the status of your application.
  • Check your voter registration status online by visiting this site

Voting Options in Pennsylvania

You have the following 4 options to vote in Pennsylvania:

In Person

Voting is an easy process. As long as you are registered, you will be able to vote on Election Day.

Click here to locate voting locations

Voting By Absentee Ballot

If you are unable to attend your polling place in person on Election Day, you may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot.To vote by absentee ballot, a voter must apply to the County Board of Elections for an absentee ballot. The County Board of Elections will send a paper absentee ballot to the voter. The voter then completes the ballot and returns it to the County Board of Elections.

Click here to download the absentee ballot request Form

Voting by Alternative Ballot

If you have a disability, or are at least 65 years of age and have been assigned to a polling place deemed inaccessible by the County Board of Elections, you can vote by alternative ballot. Much like an absentee ballot, an alternative ballot is a paper ballot that can be delivered to the County Board of Elections in person, by an authorized representative, or through the U.S. mail.

Click here to Download the Alternative Ballot Form (PDF)

Voting provisional

A provisional ballot is used to record a vote when there is some question regarding a voter's eligibility.County Election Officials will examine the provisional ballots within seven days after an election to determine whether you were entitled to vote in the election at the election district where you voted.

Click here to learn more about provisional ballot

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