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Voting in Pennsylvania
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To vote in Pennsylvania, you must meet the following requirements:
- A citizen of the United States for at least one month before the next primary, special, municipal, or general election.
- 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.
- At least 18 years of age on or before the day of the next primary, special, municipal, or general election.
When and where
The deadline for registering to vote is 28 days before an election. Registration can be done in person or by mail. There are two ways to register by mail:
- Get a Voter Registration Mail Application form from the state or federal government. The Secretary of the Commonwealth and all county registration commissions supply Voter Registration Mail Applications to all persons and organizations who request them, including candidates, political parties and political bodies and other federal, state and municipal offices.
- Download the Voter Registration Application. Print, complete, sign and deliver to your County Voter Registration Office by mail or in person.
The following are all locations where you can register in person:
- A County Voter Registration Office or Department of Transportation
- State offices that provide public assistance and services to persons with disabilities
- Armed Forces Recruitment Centers
- County Clerk of Orphans' Court offices, including each Marriage License Bureau
- Area Agencies on Aging
- Centers for Independent Living
- County Mental Health and Mental Retardation offices
- Student disability services offices of the State System of Higher Education
- Offices of Special Education
- DA Complementary Paratransit offices
As of March 2015, Pennsylvania is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration. Pennsylvania has a bill pending in the 2013 legislative session which would authorize online voter registration. On April 17, 2013, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed the bill. It now moves to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Voting on election day
All voters are required to show a photo ID before voting at a polling place. Valid photo IDs must include a current expiration date. If you do not have a valid photo ID and are unable to obtain a free photo ID from the state driver's license center, then you may cast a provisional ballot. In order for a provisional ballot to count, you must provide a photo ID or affirmation to your county elections office within 6 days.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
- See also: Absentee voting
A voter is eligible to vote absentee in an election if he or she cannot make it to the polls on Election Day for one of the following reasons:
—Pennsylvania Department of State
A request to vote by absentee ballot must be received no later than 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election. Completed non-emergency absentee ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day. In presidential election years, absentee ballots received after the state deadline but by the time polls close on Election Day will be counted for the offices of president and vice president.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett (R) issued an executive order extending the deadline for receipt of completed absentee ballots by the county Board of Elections to 5 p.m. on November 5, 2012. The extension applied to those counties where the Board of Elections was closed due to Hurricane Sandy.
- See also: Early voting
Pennsylvania is one of 14 states that do not have any form of early voting.
- Voter registration info
- CBS "Bill To Allow For On-Line Voter Registration In Pennsylvania Clears The State Senate," April 17, 2013
- Open States, SB37
- Voter ID laws
- VotesPA "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed January 3, 2014
- VotesPA, "Voting by Absentee Ballot," accessed December 16, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- The Times Herald, "Gov. Tom Corbett gives executive order to extend completed absentee ballots," November 1, 2012
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "Absentee and Early Voting," accessed December 16, 2013