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Pennsylvania voter registration
- In Person: 15 days before Election Day.
- By Mail: 15 days before Election Day.
- Online: 15 days before Election Day.
- To register in Pennsylvania you must:
- be a citizen of the United States at least one month before the next election
- be a resident of Pennsylvania and your election district at least 30 days before Election Day
- be at least 18 years of age on the day of the next election
- not be incarcerated after conviction for a felony (your voting rights are restored immediately after incarceration)
- Use our Register to Vote Tool to fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Sign and date your form. This is very important!
- Mail or hand-deliver your completed form to the address we provide.
- Make sure you register before the voter registration deadline.
- If you have been convicted of a felony and have questions about whether you can register to vote, visit Restore Your Vote to determine your eligibility.
Pennsylvania absentee ballots
- In Person: 7 days before Election Day.
- By Mail: 7 days before Election Day.
- Online: 7 days before Election Day.
- Received by 8pm on Election Day.
Pennsylvania voters have different options to vote by mail including absentee and mail-in ballot. For a detailed description of the rules for each, please view Pennsylvania’s page on absentee ballots.
You may vote by absentee ballot in Pennsylvania if:
- you are in the military service of the United States (military voters do not need to be registered to vote to vote by absentee ballot, and they do not need to be overseas or even outside of Pennsylvania)
- you are a spouse or dependent of someone in the military, and you expect on Election Day to be absent from the Commonwealth or the municipality of residence during the entire period in which the polling places are open for voting (7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M).
- you are a member of the Merchant Marine (or a spouse or dependent) and you expect on Election Day to be absent from the Commonwealth or the municipality of residence during the entire period in which the polling places are open for voting (7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M).
- you are a member of a religious or welfare group attached to and serving with the armed forces (or a spouse or dependent) and you expect on Election Day to be absent from the Commonwealth or the municipality of residence during the entire period in which the polling places are open for voting (7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M).
- you expect that your occupation or duties (including leaves of absence for teaching, vacations, and sabbatical leaves) will cause you to be away from your municipality on Election Day. This also applies to spouses and dependents.
- you are a war veteran who is bedridden or hospitalized due to illness or physical disability and therefore unable to vote in person (note: people who fall in this group can vote by absentee ballot even if they are not already registered).
- you are ill or physically disabled and therefore unable to go to a polling place or operate a voting machine.
- you are employed by the Commonwealth or the Federal Government and your duties require you to be absent from the Commonwealth or the municipality of your residence on Election Day. This also applies to spouses and dependents.
- you are employed by the county and you expect that your Election Day duties will prevent you from voting.
- you will be observing a religious holiday and will be unable to vote.
- Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
- Sign and date the form. This is very important!
- Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We'll provide the mailing address for you.
- All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it's close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Office will let you fax or email the application.
- Make sure your application is received by the deadline. Your application must actually arrive by this time -- simply being postmarked by the deadline is insufficient.
- Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.
- Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
- Sign and date where indicated.
- Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
- Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Pennsylvania early voting
Pennsylvania voter ID
If you're voting for the first time at your voting location, bring one of the following photo IDs with you:
- PA driver's license or PennDOT ID
- 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 non-photo ID that shows your name and address, such as:
- 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
Pennsylvania requires you to provide your PA driver's license or PennDOT ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number when you vote by absentee ballot.
If you don't have any of those, you must attach a copy of one of the following photo IDs with your ballot application (or alternatively, with your ballot) that shows your name, photo, and has an expiration date that's current:
- Photo ID issued by the Commonwealth of PA or the U.S. Government (including a U.S. Passport) PA driver's license or non-driver's license photo ID (IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date)
- PA Department of State Voter ID Card available at a DLC
- Photo ID from an accredited PA public or private institution of higher learning, including colleges, universities, seminaries, community colleges and other two-year colleges
- Photo ID issued by a PA care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes
- U.S. military ID – active duty and retired military (a military or veteran's ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite). Military dependents' ID must contain an expiration date
- Employee photo ID issued by U.S., PA, PA County or PA Municipal government
**You will have six calendar days following the election to provide valid ID or sign an affidavit saying that you are indigent and cannot obtain proof of identification**. You do not need to provide photo ID if you have a disability or are over 65 and affected by the Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped Act.