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How to Register to Vote in Pennsylvania

Everything you need to know about registering to vote in Pennsylvania before the primary election on April 28

The next election in Pennsylvania is the 2020 primary on April 28, 2020, and we put together this guide on how to register to vote so you can step into the voting booth ready to go.

Keep reading to find easy tips not only on how to register to vote in Pennsylvania but how to make sure you’re actually registered, get an absentee ballot and where to find your polling place.

Keep in mind that you must register to vote by March 30, 2020, to vote in the primary election on April 28.

How to register to vote in PA for the 2020 primary

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You can vote if you are a citizen of the United States for at least one month before the primary on April 28, 2020, a resident of Philadelphia and your election district for at least 30 days before the primary, and at least 18 years of age on or before the day of election. You must be registered with a party to vote in a primary, and then you can only vote for candidates in that party.

Register to vote online here or in person at the Philadelphia Voter Registration Office, which is located at:

520 N. Columbus Boulevard, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

You can also register by mail. Download and print this application, then fill it out, sign it and mail it to the Philadelphia County Board of Elections by the registration deadline on March 30, 2020. The address, again, is:

The Philadelphia County Board of Elections
520 N. Columbus Boulevard, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123

No printer? Voter registration applications are also available at the U.S. Post Office, Philadelphia public libraries and, funny enough, state liquor stores.

You’re registered to vote. Now what?

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  1. Find your polling place here. This is the place you’ll vote on Election Day
  2. Will you be away on primary election day? Get an absentee ballot.
  3. Know your rights and responsibilities as a voter.
  4. Plan ahead: View a sample ballot.

Details on the next election

The primary election happens in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

We’ll be voting for candidates running for a variety of state and national offices, including folks running for president, state auditor general and attorney general, U.S. House of Representatives and state House and Senate seats. Find a complete list of offices here.

Good luck getting out the vote, Pennsylvania!