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How to Register to Vote

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If you have one, have your Pennsylvania’s driver’s license or PennDOT ID available to reference as you complete the application.

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Check if you’re registered to vote

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1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Pennsylvania state voter registration form or send your full name and mailing address to ST-VOTERREG@pa.gov to have one mailed to you.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Provide your name

Step 2 · Check the boxes to indicate you’re a US citizen and will be 18 on Election Day, Nov 8

Step 3 · Check the box to indicate if you’re registering for the first time, changing your name, changing your address, or changing your political party

Step 4 · Provide your birthday (required) and gender, phone number, email, and race (all optional)

Step 5 · Provide your street address and county, or check the box if you don’t have a street address.

  • If you don’t have a street address, use the map on the next page of the form to show where you live

Step 6 · Provide your mailing address, if different from your street address

Step 7 · Provide your driver’s license number, state ID card number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number, or check the box to indicate that you don’t have any of these

Step 8 · Provide your political party or fill in the box to indicate that you’ren’t a member of a party

Step 9 · Check the box if you’ll need help voting, and indicate the type of help you’ll need

Step 10 · If you’re changing your name or address, provide your old name or address and Pennsylvania voter number if you have it

Step 11 · Sign the declaration, print your name, and provide the date

Step 12 · If someone helped you with the form, provide their name, address, phone number, and signature

Step 13 · Check the box if you want to volunteer at a voting location on Election Day, Nov 8


3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be postmarked by Oct 11 and mailed to your county voter registration office at the address listed on the form


Check if you’re registered to vote

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1. Get the voter registration form.

Pick up the registration form at your county elections office.


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Provide your name

Step 2 · Check the boxes to indicate you’re a US citizen and will be 18 on election day, Nov 8

Step 3 · Check the box to indicate if you’re registering for the first time, changing your name, changing your address, or changing your political party

Step 4 · Provide your birthday (required) and gender, phone number, email, and race (all optional)

Step 5 · Provide your street address and county, or check the box if you don’t have a street address

  • If you don’t have a street address, use the map on the next page of the form to show where you live

Step 6 · Provide your mailing address, if different from your street address

Step 7 · Provide your driver’s license number, state ID card number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number, or check the box to indicate that you don’t have any of these

Step 8 · Provide your political party or fill in the box to indicate that you’ren’t a member of a party

Step 9 · Check the box if you’ll need help voting, and indicate the type of help you’ll need

Step 10 · If you’re changing your name or address, provide your old name or address and Pennsylvania voter number if you have it

Step 11 · Sign the declaration, print your name, and provide the date

Step 12 · If someone helped you with the form, provide their name, address, phone number, and signature

Step 13 · Check the box if you want to volunteer at a voting location on Election Day, Nov 8


3. Return the form.

Your completed form must be returned in person by Oct 11 to your county elections office


Check if you’re registered to vote

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Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at your Pennsylvania address by Oct 9
  • Not be in jail for a felony
Online
October 11

Mail
October 11

In Person
October 11

How to Vote

Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Voting locations are open 7 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line at your voting location by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Who can vote by mail

You must meet one of the following requirements to vote by mail:

  • Be in the military
  • Spouses and dependent children of individuals in the military who will be away from home on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Members of the Merchant Marine and their spouses and dependent children who will be away from home on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Members of a religious or welfare group who are serving with the armed forces and their spouses and dependent children who will be away on Election Day,Nov 8
  • An individual who will be away from home on Election Day, Nov 8, because of his or her business or occupation
  • A qualified war veteran who is bedridden or hospitalized due to illness or disability and is away from home on Election Day, Nov 8
  • A person who can’t vote in person because of illness or disability
  • A spouse or dependent child of a person employed by Pennsylvania or the federal government who is away from home on Election Day, Nov 8
  • A county employee whose Election Day duties will prevent him or her from voting
  • A person who can’t go to a voting location on Election Day, Nov 8 because of a religious holiday


1. Request an absentee ballot

Download and print the absentee ballot request form

Get the form


2. Fill out the application

Step 1 · Provide your name

Step 2 · Provide your home address, county, and election district if you know it

Step 3 · Provide your occupation and birthday

Step 4 · Provide the date you moved to your current address

Step 5 · (Optional) Provide your email address

Step 6 · Provide your Pennsylvania driver’s license or ID number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have either of these, check the appropriate box and attach a copy of one of the following photo IDs that shows your name, photo and has an expiration date that’s current:

  • Photo ID issued by any Pennsylvania agency or the US government
  • US passport
  • US Armed Forces ID
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID

Step 7 · Check a box to indicate why you’re eligible to vote by absentee ballot

Step 8 · Fill out and sign section A if you’re voting absentee because you’ll be out of town on Election Day, Nov 8. Fill out and sign section B if you’re voting absentee because you have an illness or disability.


3. Send the application

Mail the signed and completed form to your county board of elections so it’s received by Nov 1.


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill it out
  • Send your absentee ballot so it’s received at the address on the ballot return envelope no later than 5 PM on Nov 4
  • Check the status of your ballot through your county on votespa.com
Absentee ballot received by
November 4

Vote on Election Day
November 8

Voting locations are open 7 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line at your voting location by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Voting requirements
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be registered to vote in Pennsylvania. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Live at your current address by Oct 9
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be in jail or prison for a felony

In person ID requirements

If you’re voting for the first time at your voting location, bring one of the following photo IDs with you:

  • Photo ID issued by any Pennsylvania agency or the US government
  • US passport
  • US Armed Forces ID
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID

If you don’t have a photo ID you can bring any of the following:

  • Confirmation from a county voter registration office
  • Non-photo ID issued by Pennsylvania or the US government
  • Firearm permit
  • Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check

By mail ID requirements

If you don’t have a Pennsylvania driver’s license number, state ID number, or Social Security number, you must attach a copy of one of the following photo IDs with your ballot application that shows your name, photo, and has an expiration date that’s current:

  • Photo ID issued by any Pennsylvania agency or the US government
  • US passport
  • US Armed Forces ID
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID

Frequently Asked Questions

Permanently sick or disabled voters may be placed on a list to automatically receive an absentee application prior to every election in which that voter is eligible to vote.

Call your Local Election Official to learn more about permanent absentee voter status.

No, Pennsylvania does not allow in-person early voting.
There are no special ID requirements for registering to vote. The standard form asks for either a PA driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number; there is a box to check if you cannot provide either.
Yes, all Pennsylvania voters need to provide ID, whether you vote in-person or by absentee-ballot.  You can learn more on vote.org’s Voter ID Laws page.
You can apply for an Emergency Absentee Ballot if you missed the regular absentee ballot application deadline and are now unable to vote in person because of a medical or family emergency. The process is somewhat complicated. The fastest way to get an emergency absentee ballot is to call your  Local Election Official and ask for help.