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How to Vote in the PA General Election

Everything you need to know about voting in Pennsylvania before the general election on November 3


The next election in Pennsylvania is the general election on November 3, 2020.

We put together this handy voter guide so you can step into the voting booth (or fill out a mail-in ballot) ready to go.

Keep reading to find easy tips on how to register to vote in Pennsylvania, how to check your registration status, get a mail-in ballot so you can vote from home and where to find your polling place.

Keep in mind that you must register to vote by October 19, 2020, to vote in the PA election on November 3.

Find our guide on how to vote in Pennsylvania below, or skip right to a specific section to learn…


How to check your PA voter registration

First things first: Make sure you’re registered to vote in the state of Pennsylvania.

The process is simple. Go to this site to check your voter registration status by entering one of three criteria: your name, driver’s license number or PennDOT ID.

How to register to vote in PA for the 2020 election

The entry of a polling place bustles on election day in Philadelphia as voters rush in to cast their ballot.

You can vote if you are a citizen of the United States for at least one month before the election on November 3, 2020, a resident of Philadelphia and your election district for at least 30 days before Election Day, and at least 18 years of age on or before the day of election.

Register to vote online here.

You can also register by mail. Download and print this application, then fill it out, sign it and mail it to your county board of elections, which you can find here.

In Philadelphia, that address 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 (when those places are open again).

Find Your Polling Place and More

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  1. Find your polling place here (this is important, because polling locations have moved to accommodate Covid-19). This is the place you’ll vote on Election Day.
  2. Will you be away on election day? Get a PA absentee ballot.
  3. Learn how to get a mail-in ballot here.
  4. Know your rights and responsibilities as a voter.
  5. Plan ahead: View a sample ballot.


How to vote by mail in the 2020 election

If you would like to request a mail-in ballot, you need to do it by October 27, 2020. You can do that in a variety of ways:

  1. Apply for a mail-in ballot online with a valid PA driver’s license or photo I.D. from (PennDOT).
  2. Apply for a mail-in ballot by mail and send it to your county elections office. In Philadelphia, that’s located in Room 142 of City Hall.
  3. You can also apply in person at your county elections office beginning September 14, 2020.

If your application is accepted, you will receive a mail-in ballot with instructions from your county election office.

This page answers any other questions you may have.

To have your vote counted, your completed ballot must be received by your county election office by 8pm on Election Day, so mail it in early or drop it off in person.

You can track the status of your ballot here.

What to expect on the next Election Day

The general election happens in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Polls will be open from 7am to 8pm. Remember that you can get in line to vote before 7am, and you can vote as long as you were in line before 8pm—even if you don’t get into the actual voting booth until later. Also remember: Polling places change, so make sure you know where to go by checking here.

Good luck getting out the vote, Pennsylvania!