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How to Update Your Registration

You need to update your voter registration if you move, change your name or address, or wish to change your party. 

If you move out of Pennsylvania or no longer wish to be a voter, you can cancel your voter registration.

You can update your voter registration online, by mail or in person using the voter registration application form and checking the correct box at the top of the form.

 

Use the online voter registration form.

 

Download a Pennsylvania Voter Registration Application (PDF).

Download the Voter Request to Cancel Voter Registration form (English).
Download the Voter Request to Cancel Voter Registration form (Spanish).

Find your county voter registration office. 


How to change your political party

On the voter registration form, select the box that says 'Change of Party.' 

You can change your political party at any time. When the change gets made in the system depends on when you make the change.

 

  • Changes made more than 30 days before an election will take effect for that election. 
  • Changes made 30 days or less before an election will take effect for the next election. 

 

How to change your name

If you change your name, for example after marriage or divorce, you must update your voter registration.

On the voter registration form, select the box that says 'Change of Name.' 

When you go to the polling place to vote, bring your identification with your new name.


How to change your address

If you move to a new address in Pennsylvania, you must update your voter registration. 

If you move to a different state, you must register to vote in that state.

On the voter registration form, select the box that says 'Change of Address.' 

The following guidelines cover situations in which you move or change your address close to an election.

If you move:

Within 30 days before an election, you will vote at the polling place for your old address. 

To Pennsylvania from another state, you must register at least 30 days before an election to be able to vote in Pennsylvania.

Within Pennsylvania less than 30 days before an election, you must vote at the polling place for your old address. Fill out a change of address form at the polling place to update your voter registration to your new address.

  • If you moved within Pennsylvania more than 30 days before an election but did not update your registration, you can vote at the polling place for your old address for one election.
  • If you moved within the same county, you must tell the election officials at the polling place of your new address. They will update your voter registration and send you a new voter registration card. 
  • If you moved to a different county, you need to fill out a form telling us your new address and the county where you moved. After the election, the county election office for both your old and new addresses will update your voter registration. You will receive a new voter registration card matching your new address.

If you move out of Pennsylvania to a different state, you may need to register before you can vote in your new state. You can cancel your registration in Pennsylvania by filling out a Request to Cancel Voter Registration form. Mail the form to the Pennsylvania county election office where you used to live.