This page is about in-person voting. Currently, we recommend VOTING BY MAIL! Voting By Mail includes all options for a mail-in or absentee ballot, including using a dropbox. For the latest info, see here.
WHERE CAN I FIND A COMPREHENSIVE Q&A ABOUT ALL FORMS OF VOTING THIS YEAR?
For our own short step-by-step guide to voting options, see here.
EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING
If you are a registered Pennsylvania voter, you can use the early, in-person voting option. Between the time that ballots are ready and the last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot a week before an election, you can request, receive, vote and cast your mail-in or absentee ballot all in one visit to your county election board or other designated location. With this option, there is no need for mail at all, and you can cast your vote at your convenience.
SEE FULL INFO HERE. Note that this option may require spending a good deal of time in the County Voter Services office and is not available after tyhe last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot.
DO I NEED ID TO VOTE?
You need a valid form of identification (preferably, driver’s license or other photo ID) only if you haven’t voted as a resident of your current precinct before. It is not correct to say “if you have not voted before in PA” or “in your current polling place” (the physical location can change; it is the precinct that counts). Call 833-728-6837 if you believe a polling official is requesting identification erroneously.
FOR VOTING IN PERSON ON ELECTION DAY
The PA Department of State has issued these recommendations for voters headed to the polls:
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. This can be a cloth mask or scarf, like you would wear in a grocery store.
- We strongly encourage voters to wear masks out of respect for their fellow voters and for the dedicated poll workers staffing the polling places. Voters who are not wearing a mask will not be denied their right to vote.
- Bring your own blue- or black-ink pen to mark your ballot to limit your exposure to shared surfaces.
- Practice good hand hygiene. You may want to bring hand sanitizer with you for your personal use.
- Maintain social distance from poll workers and other voters. This means staying about six feet apart from other people while you are waiting in line, checking in and voting.
- Follow instructions from poll workers and other election officials. They are there to help things run smoothly.
- Be patient. This will be a new experience for everyone involved. You can help by being patient and understanding while you exercise your right to vote.
WHERE DO I VOTE ON ELECTION DAY?
For every election, some polling places change. Check your own polling place here.
WHEN IS ELECTION DAY?
- In a presidential election year, the primary is in April. In all other election years, the primary is in May.
- The general election is always the Tuesday after the first Monday in November of that year.
- Polls are open for in-person voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election day.
- If there is a line at 8pm, and you are in the line at 8 p.m., you will be allowed to vote, no matter how long it takes.
HOW DO I VOTE?
See the video on how the voting machine works here. Chester County led the way in Pennsylvania on using optical scan sheets, which means that in the case of a recount, all ballots can be physically inspected and the electronic count corrected as warranted.
Pennsylvania no longer has straight party voting. You must vote for every office individually. All races are important! Please vote your whole ballot. Do your homework online and talk with Dem greeters and pick up their handouts before going in to vote.
Your vote twice a year—in every primary and general election shows that you value democracy!