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How to Vote in the PA Primary

Everything you need to know about voting in Pennsylvania before the primary election on June 2


The next election in Pennsylvania is the 2020 primary on June 2, 2020.

We put together this handy voter guide 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, how to vote early and where to find your polling place.

Keep in mind that you must register to vote by May 18, 2020, to vote in the primary election on June 2.

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 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 June 2, 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 your local voter registration office. In Philadelphia that address is:

520 N. Columbus Boulevard, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Monday–Friday 8:30am–5pm

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.

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 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 request mail-in ballots in PA

If you would like to request a mail-in ballot, you need to do it by May 26, 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.

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.

Keep in mind that your mail-in ballot must be received by your County Board of Elections Office by 8pm on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

What to expect on the next Election Day

The primary election happens in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, June 2, 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!