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All registered voters are eligible to request to vote by mail. You can request your mail ballot online, through a paper form (found in English and Espanol), in person at your County Election office or through a signed letter to your County Election Office. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 7 days before the election. Voted ballots must be received by Election Day in order to be counted. You can sign up to track your mail ballot on your Department of State website. Absentee ballots start being counted on Election Day.
Emergency absentee ballots are available! If you have a last minute unexpected illness, disability or absence after the deadline to request an absentee ballot you can request an emergency absentee ballot.
Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person: If you already submitted a mail-in or absentee ballot, you cannot vote at your polling place on election day.
If you did not return your mail-in or absentee ballot and you want to vote in person, you have two options:
For specifics, you can find your local county clerk contact info here.
You may now request your absentee ballot online! You can vote absentee if you are:
The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is one week before the Election Day.
When you apply for an absentee ballot you must provide a driver's license number or a Social Security Number. If you don't know have a driver's license or a Social Security Number you must present a copy of an acceptable photo ID.
If you are a UOCAVA voter, a voter with a disability or voters over 65 and affected by the Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped Act you do not need to provide any ID to apply for your absentee ballot.
Deadlines for returning your voted absentee ballot:
The deadline to return your ballot is 8pm on Election Day.
If you have an emergency and did not apply for an absentee ballot by the deadline you may download and apply for an Emergency Absentee Ballot. This application must be notarized before it is submitted. More information about Emergency Absentee Ballots can be found here.Request your Ballot
Your county MAY have a ballot drop box, not all counties do. Take your completed ballot to the ballot box and insert it into the ballot box. Your ballot is cast once it drops into the ballot box. After the polls close, poll workers will deliver the ballots to the county election office, where they will be scanned and counted.
Early voting is in the form of Absentee in Person. Counties may make mail ballots available to voters in person up to 50 days before Election Day. Varies by county.
If you meet any of the below requirements you may vote before Election Day through an Absentee Ballot or mail in ballot process.
To be eligible to vote you must be:
Please note to vote in a primary you must be registered and enrolled in a political party.
If you have a state driver's license, you must provide your driver's license number on your registration form. If you do not have a state 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.
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:
All voters may be asked to show ID at the polls, however, you cannot be stopped from voting a regular ballot if you do not provide a valid ID.
Voters can call or text 844-338-8743 at any time to reach VoteRiders Voter ID Helpline
Official results for the 2021 primary election can be found here.
Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.
Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. Provisional ballots are counted 7 days after the election.
Officials cannot begin to process mail ballots until Election Day. Official election results will be uploaded on Pennsylvania’s Department of State website as they become available.
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent 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.
In order to be a poll worker in Pennsylvania, you must be:
To sign up, contact your local board of elections.
The polling places are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
You may vote a provisional ballot if you meet specific conditions.
You may vote a provisional ballot if:
You are required to vote by provisional ballot if:
Provisional ballots are counted 7 days after Election Day. You can check the status of your provisional ballot using the information provided to you on the provisional ballot identification receipt, call 1-877-VOTES-PA or visit the department of state. Provide your provisional ballot identification number.
Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter's choice, other than the voter's employer or agent of that employer or officer or agent of the voter's union. The Judge of Elections cannot assist a voter with disabilities.
For those voters who have a disability or are elderly and assigned to an inaccessible polling place, you may request an Alternative Ballot. An Alternative Ballot may be cast with the county board of elections by 8 p.m. (or the close of polls) on Election Day. You can request an Alternative Ballot is available by:
Applications for alternative ballots must be submitted to your County Board of Elections no later than 5pm on the Tuesday before Election Day.
Should you have any access needs at your polling center, or any questions, call the Disability Rights Pennsylvania at their intake line: 1.800.692.7443.
If you run into any problems or have questions on Election Day, call the Election Protection Hotline:
- English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE / 1-866-687-8683
- Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682
- Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US / 1-844-925-5287
- For Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, or Vietnamese: 1-888-274-8683
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
You can submit your application:
Time off to vote is subject to the employer, there is no requirement for employers to grant time off to vote for employees.
To verify your voter registration statusclick here!
All registered voters are eligible to request to vote by mail beginning in April 2020! You can request your mail ballot online, through a paper form (found in English and Espanol), in person at your County Election office or through a signed letter to your County Election Office.
You must provide your PA driver's license or photo ID to register online.
All mail-in ballot applications must be received by 5pm the Tuesday before the election in order to be considered for the next election. If your request is approved you will receive a mail ballot with instructions from your County Election Office.
After applying, you can track the status of your ballot here.
You can request to be added to the annual mail-ballot request list where you receive an application to renew your mail ballot request each year. Once your application is approved, you will automatically receive ballots for the remainder of the year and you do not need to send an application for each election. Contact your County Election Office for more information.
The voting systems used in Pennsylvania are optical scan, DRE, and paper ballots.
Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.
Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.
There are many variations of DREs because lots of companies are inventing new ones, and many cities, counties and states are trying them out. Usually, after you have signed in, the poll workers will give you a card that you slide into a device to start your voting session.
Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen. Often, with these big screen devices you push a button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or yes or no on a ballot measure). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On each screen or page, there will probably be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you might vote for president. Then you might move to the next page to vote for senator. Often these small-screen devices have a touch screen where you touch the screen next to the name of the person you want to vote for. Other devices have a key pad. And some have a keyboard, so you can write in the name of someone you want to vote for.
You let the system know you are finished voting by pushing a button, touching the screen or entering something on a keypad.
Paper Ballots: Paper ballots are one of the oldest ways of voting in America. They are still used in a few places on Election Day. When you come to the polling place, you will get a paper ballot from the poll worker. You take it to the voting booth, and use a pen or pencil to mark a box next to your candidate and issue choices. You then drop the marked ballot into a sealed ballot box.