State of Pennsylvania Elections & Voting

Election Day is November 5

  • October 21                  Deadline to register to vote (no same-day registration)
  • October 29                 Deadline for election authority to receive request for mail-in and absentee ballot
  • November 5                Deadline for election authority to receive mail-in and absentee ballots
  • November 5                Election day


To register to vote in Pennsylvania, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen for at least 30 days before the election
  • Be a resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which you want to register for at least 30 days before the election
  • Be 18 years old by election day


How to register to vote:


Voter ID Requirements

You do not need to show ID at the poll, unless it’s your first time voting at a new polling place. If it’s your first time voting at a new location, you must bring one of the approved forms of identification. Your ID doesn’t need to be a photo ID. There are many forms of non-photo ID that are acceptable.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Pennsylvania.


Absentee Voting

In Pennsylvania, you have two options for mail ballots.

  • Mail-in ballot – Any qualified voter may apply for a mail-in ballot. You may simply request this ballot without a reason.
  • Absentee ballot – If you plan to be out of the municipality on election day or if you have a disability or illness that prevents you from going to your polling place on election day, you can request this ballot type, which still requires you to list a reason for your ballot.

To apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot:


Early In-Person Voting

If you want to vote early in-person during an election, check your county’s website or call your county elections office to see if ballots are available and printed or check your county’s early voting centers.

Tip: Be sure to have proof of identification on your person, such as a PennDot ID or the last four digits of your Social Security number.




Tribes in Pennsylvania

Federally recognized tribes

  • None

State recognized tribes

  • None


Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!


Major Party Contact Information

Chair, Senator Sharif Street


Chair, Lawrence Tabas

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