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Are YOU ready to vote?

 

IMPORTANT: Voters who have not yet cast their mail or absentee ballot are urged to hand-deliver their voted ballots as soon as possible to their county election office or other county drop off location or drop box. Ballots must be delivered by 8pm on Election Day but the sooner the better. Voters should no longer use postal service delivery as it is too late to guarantee your ballot will be delivered in time.

PLEASE CHECK THE HOURS OF YOUR COUNTY ELECTION OFFICE, DROP BOX, OR DROP OFF LOCATION.



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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


What if I requested a mail-in or absentee ballot but I didn't receive a ballot, lost my ballot, or changed my mind and want to vote in-person?

  • If you already submitted a mail-in or absentee ballot, you cannot vote at your polling place on election day.
  • If you did not return your mail-in or absentee ballot and you want to vote in person, you have two options:
    1. Bring your ballot and the pre-addressed outer return envelope to your polling place to be voided. After you surrender your ballot and envelope and sign a declaration, you can then vote a regular ballot.
    2. If you don't surrender your ballot and return envelope, you can only vote by provisional ballot at your polling place. Your county board of elections will then verify that you did not vote by mail before counting your provisional ballot.


How do I vote and return my mail-in or absentee ballot?

 
 

Below are general steps on how to vote, prepare, and return your mail ballot. Be sure to follow the instructions included with your ballot. Contact your county election office if you have any questions.

Under Pennsylvania law, voters must return their own ballots. The only exceptions to this are for voters with a disability who have designated someone in writing to deliver their ballot.

PLEASE CHECK THE HOURS OF YOUR COUNTY ELECTION OFFICE, DROP BOX, OR DROP OFF LOCATION.

Step 1:

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Read the instructions carefully and mark your ballot. Be sure to complete the front and back of each page.

Step 2:

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Seal your ballot in the white inner secrecy envelope that indicates official ballot. Do not place any marks on the white inner secrecy envelope.

Your ballot must be enclosed in the white inner secrecy envelope to be counted.

Step 3:

seal the secrecy envelope into the return envelope

Seal the inner secrecy envelope in the pre-addressed outer return envelope. Complete, sign and date the voter’s declaration on the outside of the outer return envelope. 

If you do not sign the outer return envelope, your ballot will not be counted.

Step 4:

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You should then return your voted ballot to the county board of elections. The deadline to return absentee and mail-in ballots is by 8 p.m. on election day, but the sooner the better.

PLEASE CHECK THE HOURS OF YOUR COUNTY ELECTION OFFICE, DROP BOX, OR DROP OFF LOCATION.

  1. IMPORTANT:  Voters who have not yet cast their mail or absentee ballot are urged to hand-deliver their voted ballots as soon as possible to their county election office or other county drop off location or drop box. Ballots must be delivered by 8pm on Election Day but the sooner the better.  Voters should no longer use postal service delivery as it is too late to guarantee your ballot will be delivered in time. 
  2. You can hand-deliver your ballot before 8 pm on election day (November 3) to your: 


Where do I return my ballot?

Find your county mail ballot return or early voting locations

What are Drop Boxes and Dropoff Sites

Drop boxes are a safe and secure way for Pennsylvania voters to return their voted mail-in or absentee ballots. Voters may return their mail-in or absentee ballot at their county election board's designated drop box(es) or dropoff location before 8 p.m. on election day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

Services available at a drop box or dropoff location:

  • Return only your own voted ballot

NOTE: Voted ballots may also be returned at your county election office or satellite election office. The list of drop box locations will be updated as more information becomes available.


What are Satellite County Election Offices

Some county election boards have opened satellite offices to offer county residents added convenience. These satellite locations may be open additional hours, including weeknights and weekends. Each satellite location has a secure ballot receptacle to store voted mail-in and absentee ballots submitted at the location. 

Services available at a County Election Office or Satellite County Election Office:

  • Ballot return
  • Ballot replacement services (damaged ballots, ballots not received)
  • Emergency ballot services

The list of satellite locations designated by the county election board will be updated as information is made available.





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.

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Pennsylvania Counties

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