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Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Pennsylvania.
Voting by mail is a two-step process in Pennsylvania.
Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is November 1st by 5 p.m.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
WARNING: Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has warned that the Court may readdress the ballot return rules after the election and that ballots received after Election Day may not be counted -- regardless of when they are mailed or postmarked. It is critical that Pennsylvania voters return their ballots in person before 8 p.m. on November 8th to make sure their ballot counts.
Remember to sign your return ballot. After you complete your ballot, put it into the secrecy envelope and then into the return envelope. Sign the voter's declaration on the outside of the outer return envelope. If you do not follow the instructions and use both envelopes your vote will not count. Here is an instructional video from the state - don't let your ballot be naked! Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.
First time voters must submit ID when voting by mail.
ID is required with application to vote by mail.
First time voters that vote in person must present a valid ID. Info here on what qualifies. When you apply for a ballot by mail, you must include your in-state ID number or a photocopy of a valid ID with your application.
If applying to vote absentee or by-mail voter must submit PA driver’s license number or PENN DOT ID number, or last four of social security number. No ID needs to be submitted with the absentee ballot, but the signature must match the signature on the voter registration form.
If you return your ballot by mail, your postage is prepaid.
You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office, or drop box.
You are the only person that can return your ballot in person.
Yes. Bring the ballot with you to "surrender" at the polls. If you do no have the ballot, you will vote a provisional ballot.
Pennsylvania does offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot.
Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local elections office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot.
You have until the 6th day after Election Day to provide proof of an ID if the issue with your ballot is proof of identity. However, if you do not sign your ballot or your ballot is not inside the secrecy envelope it will be rejected with no opportunity for cure.
You may get a call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick so you don’t miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.
Voters who are voting at a polling place for the first time must show photo ID or a non-photo identification that includes name and current address.
Approved forms of photo identification include:
Approved forms of non-photo identification include:
Voters who do not have an acceptable form of voter ID may cast a provisional ballot and sign an affidavit for the ballot to be counted. If applying to vote absentee or by mail voters must submit a PA driver’s license number or PENN DOT ID number, or the last four of social security number.
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Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.
You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.
Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.
In Pennsylvania, you can preregister to vote if you are 18 by the next election. Register to vote today!
Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!
You can not vote in the Pennsylvania primaries if you are 17 by the next election.