How and Where to Register to Vote
There are 4 convenient ways to register to vote or update your registration.
You must register to vote at the address where you actually live – your residence address. Owning property or a business in a county does not make you a resident of that county.
To register to vote:
- Fill out a voter registration application form.
- Your county voter registration office reviews the form.
- If your registration is accepted, you will get a voter registration card in the mail. The voter registration card will show your name, address, party affiliation, and the address where you will vote.
You have 4 ways to register to vote. You can register:
Voter Registration FAQ
No, you may also register by mail as long as the application is postmarked by October 9, 2018 for the November 6, 2018 election.
To register by mail, print this application and mail it to your County Voter Registration Office, whose address is listed within the application.
Yes, if you have lived at your current address for more than thirty days as of Election Day, you may register to vote in PA without a PA driver’s license.
Anyone who turns 18 on or before November 6, 2018 (who is registered) will be able to vote this November. You must still submit your voter registration application prior to October 9, 2018.
Election Day FAQ
Polls are open 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM.
By PA law, anyone who is in line by 8:00 PM must be allowed to vote. If you are in line at 8:00 PM, do not leave until your ballot has been cast!
In Pennsylvania, voters are NOT required to show identification UNLESS it’s your first time voting in your current precinct.
All voters who appear at a polling place for the first time must show proof of identification. That means if you voted in PA in a previous election, but have moved and are now voting at a new polling location you will be required to show ID at the new polling location.
If a polling official requests you show ID erroneously, please call the Democratic Voter Hotline at 833-336-VOTE.
If you can’t make it to the polls on November 6, 2018, you can use an absentee ballot to vote early in-person or by mail, if you meet certain requirements.
Your County Board of Elections must receive your Application for Absentee Ballot by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. Your completed Absentee Ballot must be returned by 5:00 PM on Friday, November 2, 2018.
In emergency situations–such as an unexpected illness or disability–you can submit an Emergency Application for Absentee Ballot by Friday, November 2, 2018.
Americans living overseas and in the military who want to vote in their home state must request their ballot every election year even if they are already registered. Democrats Abroad provides assistance for service members, their families, and overseas citizens who want to vote.
If you believe a polling official has acted in error, please stay at that polling location and call the Democratic Voter Hotline at 833-336-VOTE. You can also contact the PA Dems at 717-920-8470.
If you need additional instruction, guidance, or resources related to voting in Pennsylvania, please visit the VotesPA Resource Center.
You may also call the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation at 717-787-5280 or 1-877-868-3772.