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Pennsylvania is one of the six battleground states that will be most important to delivering the White House and wins up and down the ballot on November 3. Here’s how you can help.

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About This State

Pennsylvania is home to so many American heroes: Benjamin Franklin, Rocky Balboa, Gritty. It's also home to big wins: In 2018, you bested gerrymandering and got yourselves some fair representation in Washington. Now grab yourself a Wawa hoagie to fuel up for November. Here’s everything you need to know to be a voter in the Keystone State.

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UPDATE

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing changes to the state's election laws that would extend deadlines for mail-in ballots and speed up the appointment of poll workers.

The US Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania ballots will count if received by Friday after Election Day by 5 p.m. the Friday after the Nov. 3 election. To count, ballots arriving after Election Day must either be postmarked by Nov. 3 or have no proof they were sent afterward. Keep checking the PA Elections site for the most recent updates.

Pennsylvania Election Updates

Why Is This State Special

Pennsylvania was Trump’s most surprising win in 2016, thanks to the extra 290,000 votes he earned in rural parts of the state. But since then, the state Supreme Court threw out the GOP’s gerrymandered congressional map — considered the most partisan in the country — and Democrats have flipped Republican seats in a special election and in the 2018 midterms. This map is only temporary, so Democrats need our help to turn out on November 3 and lock in this progress for good.

ROAD TO WIN

Road to Win

Electoral College Votes

20

Delegates for the DNC

125

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Make a Plan

Whether you’re voting by mail or in person, what’s important is making a plan to do it as early as possible.

Key Dates

Oct 19

Voter Registration Deadline

Oct 20

Recommended Deadline to Send Back Ballot*

Oct 27

Vote by Mail Ballot Request Deadline

Nov 3

Election Day

Register to Vote

  • How do I register to vote?

    If you’ve never voted before, or if you’ve relocated and are voting in a new state, you can register here. We’re working with Vote.org to make this as easy as possible for you, so don’t fuck it up.

    Register Here
  • How do I make sure I’m registered?

    Registered before? Double-check your registration to make sure your registration is still valid.

    Verify Now
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Sadly, no. So do it now! Then reward yourself with a cookie.

Get Your Ballot

  • What are the vote by mail requirements in my state?

    Any qualified voter may apply for a mail-in ballot. You may simply request this ballot without a reason. In Pennsylvania this is different from an absentee ballot, which is reserved for people who plan to be out of the municipality on election day or have a disability or illness. This ballot still requires you to list a reason for your ballot.

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  • How do I request my ballot?

    Different states have different request rules, so use this tool to get your request form (even if you don’t have a printer!)

    Request Ballot

Cast Your Mail Ballot

  • If I’m voting by mail, when do I send my ballot and how do I make sure it’s counted?

    You’ve probably heard that USPS will be handling a high volume of mail and will likely be experiencing delays. That’s why we recommend mailing your ballot by October 20th at the latest if you plan on sending your ballot through USPS. Important: Pennsylvania uses a two-envelope mail ballot system: A completed ballot goes into a “secrecy envelope” that has no identifying information, and then into a larger mailing envelope that the voter signs. It is very important that you return your ballot in both envelopes. When filling out your ballot, make sure to double-check the instructions to make sure you fill out the ballot correctly — check to see if your ballot requires using a pen with black or blue ink, a signature on the envelope, any witness requirements and postage, if necessary. Learn about alternative return options below.

  • Does my state require my ballot to be postmarked or delivered by Election Day?

    The US Supreme Court recently ruled that ballots will be counted if they are received by 5 p.m. the Friday after the Nov. 3 election. To count, ballots arriving after Election Day must either be postmarked by Nov. 3 or have no proof they were sent afterward. But don't wait! Return your ballot as early as possible.

  • What are my non-mail ballot return options?

    Ballots may be delivered to your county election office by the deadline. Contact your county election office for their hours of operation. Some counties also provide ballot drop boxes. Starting in late September/early October, the Secretary of State’s office recommends that voters call their county office to find out about the location of new drop boxes that are coming.

    Contact County Election Office
  • Can I track my ballot?

    Yes. You can also provide an email address to receive notifications about your application and ballot status.

    Track Your Ballot
  • Do I need an ID to vote by mail?

    All voters must provide ID information or a copy of an acceptable ID to vote by mail.

    Check for updates and learn more about your state's voter ID laws.

Vote By Mail: What If

  • What if I request a vote by mail ballot but I decide I want to vote in person instead?

    The Secretary of State’s office recommends voters bring their mail in ballot to the polls and vote there, but should contact their county office as well for specific details. Do not mail a ballot and also vote in person.

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  • What if I don’t receive my ballot by October 20th?

    If you’ve requested your ballot, but you still haven’t received it at least 14 days before the election, check the status of your ballot using the tracking site. If you receive your ballot before Election Day, ballots may be delivered to your county election office by the deadline. Contact your county election office for their hours of operation. Some counties also provide ballot drop boxes. If it doesn’t arrive early enough to drop off in person, call your county office, and then go to your polling site, tell them you didn’t receive your ballot and then you’ll be allowed to submit a provisional ballot. The earlier that you request your ballot, the less of a chance you won’t receive it in time.

    Learn more about provisional ballots.

Voting In-Person

  • Can I vote early in person?

    If you decide to vote in person, early voting is the safest option—lines will be shorter and allow for easier social distancing. If you are registered to vote, you can vote in person before election day at your county election office using an absentee or mail-in ballot. When you submit your absentee or mail-in ballot application in person, as long as the ballots are ready, you can receive your ballot at the same time. While you are there, you can complete and return the ballot. Ballots are usually ready 3 - 5 weeks before the election. Contact your county election office for more information.

    Find out if you can vote early.
  • What if I want to vote in-person on Election Day?

    If you are voting on Election Day, wear a mask and keep an appropriate social distance from fellow voters. If you are in line before polls close, do not leave. You legally must be permitted to vote. If you witness any incidents of voter suppression, contact 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

    Find your polling place options.
  • Do I need an ID to vote in person?

    Generally no with two exceptions:

    You have to show ID if you are voting for the first time at your polling place, or if you have been tagged as inactive. A PA license or DOT ID card, PA ID, federal ID, US Passport, military ID, student ID, employee ID, or non-photo ID with name and address are acceptable forms of ID.

    Get all the details below from VoteRiders.

    Check for updates and learn more about your state's voter ID laws.
  • How do I find out where I go to vote?

    As we get closer to in-person early voting, our Make a Plan tool will have up-to-date information from every state on your voting locations (and ballot drop locations).

WHAT’S ON MY BALLOT?

Use our voter guide to see who and what will be on the ballot when you vote. States are finalizing who and what are on your ballot this year. You can use this tool to check and see if your ballot is available. Your full ballot will be available by October 8.

Races To Watch

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Resources

  • If you run into any issues while voting, call 1-833-DEM-VOTE (1-833-336-8683), a voter hotline is monitored 24/7/365 with voting experts who are ready to field questions pertaining to felon disenfranchisement, voter purging, poll worker misconduct, voter machines, accessibility, and more.

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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  • The Pennsylvania Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values.

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