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. In 2020, you survived Four Seasons Total Landscaping—oh yeah, and elected Joe Biden. Now grab yourself a Wawa hoagie to fuel up for another big year. Here’s everything you need to know to be a voter in the Keystone State.

Be A Voter

Key Dates

Oct 24

Registration Deadline

Oct 24

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request (recommended)

Nov 1

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline

Nov 8

Election Day

Nov 8

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Return Deadline (received by)

Pennsylvania Voter Guide

  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    Go to to check your registration or get registered. We're working with BallotReady to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

    Register Here
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Sadly, no. So do it now! Just make sure you do it by October 24th. Then reward yourself with a cookie.

    Register Here
  • Can I vote by mail?

    Yes! If you're registered you can request to have your ballot mailed to you, you just have to do that by November 1st. Then, fill it out and return it by November 8th. Note: Ballots must be RECEIVED by your county election office on Election Day by 8 p.m. - postmarks are not enough, so don't wait until the last minute.

    if you are voting by mail from within your voting precinct you should request a mail in ballot. If you are voting by mail from a location outside of your voting precinct (eg. you'll be out of town) you should request an absentee ballot. In order to apply for an absentee or mail-in ballot, you must supply proof of identification.

    Request Here
  • Can I vote early?

    Pretty much, yes. As soon as ballots are ready, you can request, receive, vote and cast your mail-in or absentee ballot all in one visit to your county election board or other officially designated site. With this option, there is no need for mail at all, and you can cast your vote at your convenience. You can find your county election office below to find out when they receive ballots:

    Find your office
  • Do I need an ID?

    Yes, yes you do. 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. Get all the details here from VoteRiders.

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  • How do I cast my ballot?

    If you are voting absentee, you can return your ballot by mail or in-person. For in-person voting, you can find the polling place closest to you here:

    Find Your Polling Place


Since 2020, it’s become harder to cast your ballot in Pennsylvania. Here are the changes you need to pay attention to:

When casting your vote…

    •  Voters who want to vote by mail will need to provide their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their social security number. If you don’t have these, you must include a photocopy of an acceptable photo ID that shows your name, photo, and an expiration date that is current.
    • Pennsylvania now has a voter ID law for first time voters. If it’s your first time voting at your polling place, you’ll need to present some sort of government issued ID. If you don’t have one, make sure to bring a non-photo form of identification (like a utility bill) proving your name and address.


  • Find the details on accessible voting in your state, including early voting, Election Day voting, mail voting, and accessible mail voting tools for people with print disabilities.

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  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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

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