HOW TO VOTE

Updated: September 2022

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

Monday, October 24

Last day to register to vote for the November electionLast day to register to vote for the November election

Tuesday, November 1

Last day to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot, or to vote early in person; applications for a mail-in or absentee ballot must be received by your county election board on this day by 5 PM

Tuesday, November 8

ELECTION DAY
Polls open 7 AM to 8 PM
Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted mail-in and absentee ballots (must be received by 8:00 PM) – postmarks are not enough.

How do I register to vote in Pennsylvania?

All Pennsylvanians can register to vote, provided they meet the following criteria:

  • Be a citizen of the United States for at least one month before the next election.
  • Be a resident of Pennsylvania for at least 30 days before the next election.
  • Be 18 or older on the day of the next election.​

When is the deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania?

A voter has until Monday, October 24 to register to vote for the General election.

I want to register to vote but I speak and/or understand Spanish better than English; do I have any options?

To register to vote in Spanish, you will use the Spanish voter registration online form. You can access the form here.

Can I request an absentee ballot?

Any eligible PA voter can sign-up online, click this link to apply. Voters should request their mail-in ballot well in advance of the deadline to make sure they have time to receive their secure ballot and return it in time. 

Voters will need be registered and use either their PA driver’s license number or their social security number to sign-up on the state website.

How do I know if my ballot was accepted and counted?

Under current Pennsylvania law, your mail-in ballot can’t be opened until Election Day. Therefore, if there’s a problem with your mail-in ballot, you won’t have the opportunity to correct it before the election. Still, as long as you followed all the instructions and mailed your completed, signed, dated, and sealed in the inner secrecy envelope, ballot by Election Day, you don’t have to worry.

What if I requested a mail-in or absentee ballot but I didn't receive a ballot, lost my ballot, or changed my mind and want to vote in-person?

If you already submitted a mail-in or absentee ballot, you cannot vote at your polling place on Election Day. If you did not return your mail-in or absentee ballot and you want to vote in person, you have two options:

1- Bring your ballot and the pre-addressed outer return envelope to your polling place to be voided. After you surrender your ballot and envelope and sign a declaration, you can then vote a regular ballot.

2 – If you don’t surrender your ballot and return envelope, you can only vote by provisional ballot at your polling place. Your county election board will then verify that you did not vote by mail before counting your provisional ballot.

Where is my polling place?

If you’re registered to vote and want to check where your local polling place is, you can click here.