Voter Registration In Pennsylvania
Who Can Register In Pennsylvania
To register to vote in Pennsylvania, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen for at least one month before the next primary, special, municipal, or general election
- Be a resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which you want to register and vote for at least 30 days before the next primary, special, municipal, or general election
- Be at least 18 years of age on or before the day of the next primary, special, municipal, or general election
- Be legally qualified to vote
In prison or convicted of a felony? If you meet all other requirements, you may register to vote if:
- You are in prison awaiting trial but have not been convicted
- You are in prison after being convicted of a misdemeanor only
- You have been released from prison or a halfway house after completing your term of incarceration
- You are on probation or released on parole
- You are under house arrest
You must register to vote at least 15 days before the election you wish to vote in.
Pennsylvania Election Day Registration
Pennsylvania does not offer Election Day registration, so be sure to submit your voter registration before the deadline.
You can pre-register to vote in Pennsylvania if you will turn 18 by the next election.
Voting Rights Restoration
Pennsylvania does restore the right to vote upon release.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Pennsylvania
Where To Vote In Pennsylvania
You can search for your polling place here.
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
Pennsylvania has two types of mail voting: absentee voting, and mail-in voting. Absentee voting requires an approved excuse. All registered voters are eligible for mail-in voting without an excuse.
To request a mail-in ballot in Pennsylvania, apply online, mail an application with your original, non-digital signature to the county election office, or apply in person at the county election office.
To request an absentee ballot in Pennsylvania, apply online, mail an application with your original, non-digital signature to the county election office, or apply in person at the county election office.
Click here to track your Pennsylvania mail-in or absentee ballot.
To return your Pennsylvania mail-in or absentee ballot, mail it back or return it in person to your county election office. A recent judicial decision allows Pennsylvania counties to also use drop boxes; contact your county election office for more information.
Early Voting In Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania offers in-person absentee voting. Voters may request either a Mail-In or absentee ballot at their county election office. Mail-in ballots do not require an excuse and can be requested by any qualified voter. Absentee ballots require an approved excuse and are only available to those who will be away from their municipality or unable to make it to their polling place on election day.
Primary Elections In Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania has closed primaries. Voters registered with a particular party may only vote in that party's primary. 17-year-olds cannot vote in the primary election even if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Pennsylvania
Voter ID Requirements
ID is required to vote in Pennsylvania only for voters who are voting in a given election district for the first time. Valid forms of ID include:
- Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card
- ID issued by any Commonwealth agency
- ID issued by the U.S. Government
- U.S. passport
- U.S. Armed Forces ID
- Student ID
- Employee ID
If you do not have a photo ID, you can use a non-photo identification that includes your name and address:
- Confirmation issued by the County Voter Registration Office
- Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth
- Non-photo ID issued by the U.S. Government
- Firearm permit
- Current utility bill
- Current bank statement
- Current paycheck
- Government check
If you go to your polling place without an approved form of ID, you can vote a provisional ballot. Within seven days after the election, the County Election Office will decide whether you were eligible to vote at the election district where you voted. If they determine you were eligible, they will count your provisional ballot.
Additional Pennsylvania Resources
Your State Election Official
Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth
Phone number: 717.787.6458