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Abbreviation: 
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The voting systems used in Pennsylvania are optical scan, DRE, and paper ballots.

Pennsylvania Election Dates

The next election date is Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (18th Congressional District Special Election). The registration deadline is Monday, February 12, 2018.

Contact your local Board of Elections, for information about local elections.

Pennsylvania Absentee Ballot Process

If you are unable to vote at your polling place on Election Day, you may be able to vote by absentee ballot. You are able to vote absentee if you are:

Pennsylvania Registration Deadline

The deadlines for registering is 30 days before each election.

You can now register to vote online! Click here to fill out your application. Or, you can print your registration form here.

For more information contact your local board of elections.

Pennsylvania ID Needed for Voter Registration

If you have a Pennsylvania driver's license, you must provide your driver's license number on your registration form. If you do not have a Pennsylania license you must supply the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you do not have a Social Security Number, write none in the space provided for this number.

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In order to be a poll worker in Pennsylvania:

  • You must be registered to vote in Pennsylvania
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be a resident of election district for the 30 days prior to the election.
  • Students enrolled in a high school who are 17 years old with residency in the county may be appointed with written permission from a parent or guardian and school principal

You will be entitled to compensation

Pennsylvania Early Voting

Pennsylvania does not have early voting. If you meet any of the below requirements you may vote before Election Day through an Absentee Ballot. Please see the "Absentee Ballot Process" question above for more information on voting Absentee Ballots.

Absentee Ballot requirements:

Pennsylvania Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Pennsylvania ID Needed for Voting

Unless your are a first time voter, you do not need to show any ID to vote a regular ballot on Election Day.

First time voters are required to show some form of ID, but it does not need to be a photo ID. Acceptable forms of ID are:

Pennsylvania Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in Pennsylvania you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States for at least one month before the next primary, special, municipal or general election
  • A resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which you register and vote for at least 30 days before the general, primary, municipal, special or general election
  • At least 18 years of age on or before the day of the next primary, special, municipal, or general election.

Please note to vote in a primary you must be registered and enrolled in a political party.

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