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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. 

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

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Register to Vote

The deadline to register or make changes to your registration is now 15 days before an election. 
October 19, 2020, is the last day to register before the November 3, 2020, general election.

Register to Vote:

  • Make sure you are registered using your current name at your current address.
  • To register to vote in Pennsylvania you must:
    • Be a citizen of the United States for at least one month before the next election.
    • Be a resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which you want to register and vote for at least 30 days before the next election.
    • Be at least 18 years of age on or before the day of the next election.
  • Learn about all of the different ways to register to vote

Update your info:

Register to Vote or Update Your Information


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.
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

Your voted ballot must be received by your county election office by 8 p.m. on election day.



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Absentee Ballots:

If you plan to be out of the municipality on election day or if you have a disability or illness, you should request this ballot type, which still requires you to list a reason for your ballot.

Learn more about Absentee Ballots


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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.

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Pennsylvania Counties

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    Vote 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 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.


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



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