How to Vote in Pennsylvania

Kelly Hernandez
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How to Register to Vote in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, you can register to vote online, by mail, or in person. Use the PA Online Voter Registration system to complete the registration process online. You must provide your Pennsylvania driver’s license or ID card number. If you don’t have a Pennsylvania ID card or license, the system asks you to provide your Social Security number.

If you prefer to register by mail, download and complete the Pennsylvania voter’s registration form and mail it to your county voter registration office. The form provides a list of these offices along with their mailing addresses.

To register to vote in person, bring your Pennsylvania driver’s license or identification card to your county voter registration office or a PennDOT office. You must complete the voter registration process at least 15 days before election day to be eligible to participate.

Am I Registered to Vote in Pennsylvania?

You can use the Department of State’s online voter registration service to check if you’re successfully registered to vote in Pennsylvania. Use your Pennsylvania ID card number, driver’s license number, or name to find your record. Alternatively, you may contact your county voter registration office to confirm your voter registration is processed and valid. You can also call 1-877-VOTESPA to check on your voter registration status.

Early Voting in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania does not offer early voting. However, you may register to receive a mailed ballot if you prefer to vote by mail instead of in person.

You can begin requesting a mailed ballot 50 days before the election but your request must be submitted before 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before election day. You must submit your ballot by mail before 8 p.m. on election day. The ballot you receive includes a self-addressed envelope. Use it to mail your completed ballot to your county office.

Voting in Pennsylvania on Election Day

If you have a voter registration card, information on your nearest polling place is provided on the card. You can also find this information when you use the online system to check your voter registration status.

The general election will be held in all states on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. All Pennsylvania polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on this day. Bring your voter registration card with you to vote and if it’s your first time voting, you must also bring your Pennsylvania ID card or license.

Why Voting Is Important

As a United States citizen and Pennsylvania resident, it’s your right to vote. While one vote may not seem like it will make a difference, your participation in the election allows you to choose the government official you think is best for the country. This official may have an affect on several issues that could impact your life, including:

Choose the voter registration method that’s most convenient for you. Then, follow the steps so you can ensure you’re registered to vote in time to participate in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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