How do I register to vote?

En español: Información en español sobre necesidades electorales al sitio del estado de Pennsylvania, aquí. Sitio del condado de Chester en español, aquí. Mensaje en español del Segretario de Estado de Pennsylvania Pedro Cortés aquí.

How do I register to vote or change my name, address or party?

Go to the the state site and either

1) Register online

or 2) Download and print the form

If you prefer, text the word “PA” to “2Vote” (28683) to receive a link with direct access to the online voter registration application, voter registration status, polling place locator, and link to contacts for county offices and the Department of State.

EVERYONE VOTES PAHow do I fill out the form and what can I expect after that? Download a pdf with our own advice here: Register & Vote spr. 2016

If you do not have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card, it is probably easier to register with the print form, because if you register online the state would have to send you a signature card for you to sign and return to them, and they would have to connect it accurately to your application.

The last day to register to vote for an election is 30 days before that election. Registrations received during those days will be put on hold and processed after the election.   

Those age 17 who will turn 18 on or before the day of the next election can register before their birthday and vote after they are 18.

WITHIN THREE WEEKS OF SENDING IN YOUR REGISTRATION, YOU SHOULD RECEIVE A VOTER ID CARD IN THE MAIL. If you don’t, call Voter Services, 610 344-6410. Be sure you are on their list!!

Am I registered? Where do I vote? Click here to look yourself up.

See the Precinct and Polling Place for every address in the state (but no voter names).

See further Registration Information.

What ID will I need to vote? You need an ID only if you have not voted before in the precinct where you will be voting. On Jan. 17, 2014, the Commonwealth Court struck down the Corbett voter ID law, which never took effect, as unconstitutional, discriminatory, and mismanaged, concluding that “the Voter ID Law renders Pennsylvania’s fundamental right to vote so difficult to exercise as to cause de facto disenfranchisement.”

See PA Department of State’s “EVERYONE VOTES PA” Toolkit here.

Pennsylvania does not have online voting, just online registration.