FAQ For Voters
Can I vote in PA? How do I check my voter registration status? How do I register to vote? Where is my polling place?
Find answers to these and other questions at www.votespa.com or 877-868-3772.
What time do the polls open and close?
Polls are open on election day from 7 AM to 8 PM.
Do I need ID to vote?
Only if this is your first time voting at a new polling place or it’s been more than 4 years since you last voted. For forms of accepted ID check on www.votespa.com.
Can someone assist me at the polls?
Yes, you have the right to assistance from a relative, friend, neighbor or other voter.
What should I do if I want to report a problem or have trouble at the polls?
Call the Department of State Voter Hotline at 1-877-868-3772 or the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-867-8683. Voters with disabilities can call Disability Rights PA at 717-839-5227 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I vote by mail-in ballot?
All PA voters have the option to vote by mail-in ballot rather than going to their polling place on Election Day. Applications for mail-in ballots must be submitted on or before Tuesday, October 27, 2020. The earlier you can apply, the more time you will have to get, fill in, and return your ballot. Pennsylvania, voters can apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot for any reason.
How do I apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot?
Registered voters can apply for an absentee or no-excuse mail-in ballot in person at the County Election Office or a voting center OR online at votespa.com/ApplyAbsentee(opens in a new tab). Note that applying online requires a valid PA driver’s license or photo I.D. from the PA Department of Transportation (PennDot).
Military and overseas voters should visit votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Military-and-Overseas-Voters.aspx for information on how they can obtain an absentee ballot.
If you have already applied for an absentee or mail-in ballot, you do NOT need to reapply.
How do I check the status of my mail-in or absentee ballot?
Check whether you have applied for a mail-in or absentee ballot, find out whether your request has been approved, and to track whether your ballot has been sent or received here.
I received my mail-in or absentee ballot. Now what do I do?
To ensure that your ballot is counted, you MUST fill it out completely and correctly. That means, carefully marking the ballot with blue or black pen; sealing your completed ballot in the secrecy envelope; placing the secrecy envelope containing your completed ballot inside the larger return envelope; and filling out and signing the Voter Declaration on the back of the return envelope.
After completing and preparing your ballot, it’s time to return it. You can put it a USPS mailbox or a county dropbox OR take it to the County Election Office or a voting center. You also have the option to go to the County Election Office or a voting center, request a mail-in ballot, fill it out, and return it on the spot. Note: A recent ruling by the PA Supreme Court determined that ballots, as long as they are postmarked Nov. 3, will be counted if they are received at the County Election Office by 5 PM on Friday, November 6. This could change. To ensure that your vote counts, mail it in as early as possible or, if time is running short, return it yourself.
I applied for an absentee or mail-in ballot but I haven't received it and time is running out. What can I do?
If Election Day is approaching (or here) and you have not received your mail-in ballot, you have the option of going to the County Election Office or a voting center, requesting a mail-in ballot, filling it out, and returning it on the spot.
Can I still vote in person at my polling place on Election Day if I requested a mail-in or absentee ballot?
If you take your ballot (along with the secrecy and return envelopes that came with it) to your polling place on Election Day, you can surrender it to the Judge of Elections and vote in person as you normally would. This may require filling out paperwork. If you take your ballot to your polling place on Election Day WITHOUT BOTH envelopes, or you show up without any ballot, you will be able to vote with a provisional ballot only.
Can I return my completed ballot to my polling place on Election Day?
No, you CANNOT return your completed ballot to your polling place on Election Day. You can ONLY return your completed ballot to the County Election Office or voting center in person, via USPS, or through a dropbox.
Can I return someone else's ballot for them?
Every voter must return THEIR OWN ballot. For exceptions to this rule, visit www.votespa.com and the Delaware County Election Bureau website.
Can I vote if I have been convicted of a felony?
Many people who have been convicted of a felony are eligible to vote in PA. Find out whether you are eligible at votespa.com/Register-to-Vote/Pages/default.aspx.