Begin Main Content Area

Are YOU ready to vote?

Pennsylvania has made some exciting and historic changes to its voting laws that will make voting easier and more accessible for millions across the Commonwealth. 

The Pennsylvania Department of State, along with county commissioners and election officials, is here to provide you with all the information you will need to be an informed voter in the November 3, 2020, general election and beyond. 

Let’s get ready to vote!

Voter Education Toolkit

Help spread the word about election reforms, voter registration deadlines, mail-in and absentee ballots, and what to expect at the polls in 2020.

Get the Voter Education Toolkit!

Yellow sketchbook with gear on cover

Register to Vote

The deadline to register or make changes to your registration before the November 3, 2020 General Election was October 19, 2020. Any application submitted now until 11/03/2020 will be held and processed AFTER the 2020 GENERAL ELECTION. Learn more about voter registration requirements.

Vote by Absentee or Mail-in Ballot

In Pennsylvania, you now have two options for mail ballots. You may either choose a mail-in ballot or an absentee ballot. In either case, you will receive a ballot in the mail to complete, and return to your county election office or other designated location.
To vote by absentee or by mail-in ballot, you must:

Step 1 Register to vote

Registered voters can apply online, by mail or in person.

Step 2 Apply

Once approved, your county election office will mail a ballot to you.

Step 3 Return your ballot

Return your marked ballot in the inner secrecy envelope that says official ballot and outer return envelope where the voter signs before the deadline.

Envelope with the letter A

Absentee Ballots:

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 the polling place, you should request this ballot type, which still requires you to list a reason for your ballot.

Learn more about Absentee Ballots

Envelope with the letter M

Mail-in Ballots:

If you aren’t an absentee voter, you may apply for a mail-in ballot. You may simply request this ballot without a reason.

Learn more about Mail-in Ballots

Learn about your county's voting system

Select your county from the list and learn about what to expect when you go to vote on election day.

 Clickable Map

Pennsylvania Counties

    yellow vote here sign

    Vote early in-person using an absentee or mail-in ballot

    If you are registered to vote, you can vote in person before election day at your county election office or other designated location, using an absentee or mail-in ballot

    When you submit your absentee or mail-in ballot application in person, as long as the ballots are ready, you can receive your ballot at the same time. While you are there, you can complete and return the ballot. Ballots are usually ready 3 - 5 weeks before the election. Contact your county election office for more information. 

    Learn more about voting early in-person

    If you plan to vote in-person, make sure you know:

    Follow us on Facebook | Twitter and help others get #ReadyToVotePA by sharing our posts.