Voting and Registering Information
Who are the current Democratic candidates? Click here.
What ID do I need to vote? The answer for November 2013 is awaiting PA Supreme Court action. Through at least the May primary, there is no change: an ID, broadly defined and no photo needed, is required only for those voting for the first time in their current precinct.
Am I registered? Where do I vote? Click here to look yourself up.
It is too late to register to vote in the May 21 primary.
For Absentee Voting, download the application form here. Instructions are on p. 2 of the form. Qualifying reasons to vote absentee include illness and planning to be out of town. Voter Services must receive your request to vote absentee at least one week before the election (preferably well before that).
At the top of the form put the address where you are registered to vote and then where you want the ballot sent (time it right, as it takes a few days for the ballot to be processed and go through the mail. Write either a PA driver’s license number or PennDOT ID number, or lacking those, the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have any of those, call Voter Services, 610 344-6410 for help. Show the reason you are unable to vote in person in section A or B. Then put the address where you want the ballot mailed. Mail the completed form to: Chester County Voter Services, Government Services Ctr., 601 Westtown Rd., Suite 150, PO Box 2747, West Chester, PA 19380-0990. There is also an emergency procedure for voters taken ill after the normal absentee deadline.
Voter Services must receive your voted absentee ballot by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election, either in the mail or by your bringing it to them (only you can hand deliver your own ballot).
Download recent polling place changes here.
For D and R sample ballots in the next election, click here a few weeks before the election (downloads near the top).
Download “2013 Important Dates” (dates for elections, registration deadlines, absentee ballots, etc.) at Chester County Voter Services.
Who are my state legislators? Click here to find your PA Representative and Senator.
For the 2001 Chester County PA House and Senate District Maps that remain in force until next year, click on the pdfs below:
PA Senate Districts: PA Senate Chesco map 2001-
PA House Districts: PA House_Dist map 2001-
For the US Congressional districts that took effect in January, 2013, click here.
New PA House and Senate districts (which will take effect for the 2014 general election): here.
History: Proposed PA House and Senate districts that were struck down by the PA Supreme Court on 1/25/12.
For fall: How do I register to vote? Download the form from the state site (about 10 inches down).
How do I fill out the form? Download a pdf with our own advice here: Register & Vote 5-21-13.