This page is about in-person voting. Currently, we recommend VOTING BY MAIL! Voting By Mail includes all options using a mail-in or absentee ballot, including leaving it in a drop box. 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.
See “Everything you need to know about voting by mail, or in person, in Pennsylvania” by Jonathan Lai, Philadelphia Inquirer, regularly updated.
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.
If you are voting in person, please note:
The PA Department of State, for the 2020 primary, issued several recommendations for voters headed to the polls that are still relevant:
• Bringing your own blue- or black-ink pen to mark your ballot and limit your exposure to shared surfaces.
• Being 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.
• Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth. This can be a cloth mask or scarf, like you would wear in a grocery store.
• Practicing good hand hygiene. You may want to bring hand sanitizer with you, if you have it, for your personal use.
• Maintaining social distance from poll workers and other voters. This means staying about 6 feet apart from other people while you are waiting in line, checking in and voting.
• Following instructions from poll workers and other election officials. They are there to help things run smoothly.
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 formed, and you are in the line at 8 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.
How do I vote?
See the video on how the voting machine works here.
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!