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Pennsylvania

How to Get Involved

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.

Register To Vote

UPDATE

If you have any problem voting, or witness any voter suppression or intimidation, call: 1-833-728-6837.

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.

The Supreme Court may hear this case again after the election.

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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Key Dates

Nov 3

Election Day

What to know before you vote

  • 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?

    No.

  • Can I still vote by mail?

    We’re past the recommended deadline from USPS for voters to send back their ballots to ensure they are delivered by Election Day. If you still have your mail ballot, drop it off in person. Find out where you can drop it off below.

    Drop off your ballot.
  • How do I return my ballot and how do I make sure it’s counted?

    When filling out your ballot, double-check the instructions to make sure you fill out the ballot correctly. Check if your ballot requires using a pen with black or blue ink, a signature on the envelope, any witness requirements, and postage if necessary.

    We’re past the recommended deadline from USPS for voters to send back their ballots to ensure they are delivered by Election Day. If you still have your mail ballot, drop it off in person:

    Drop off your Ballot.
  • 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 be postmarked by Nov. 3.

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

    You can bring your ballot and the pre-addressed outer return envelope to your polling place to be voided. After you surrender your ballot and envelope and sign a declaration, you can then vote a regular ballot. If you don’t surrender your ballot and return envelope, you can only vote by provisional ballot at your polling place. Your county board of elections will then verify that you did not vote by mail before counting your provisional ballot.

  • What if I haven't received my ballot?

    If you’ve requested your ballot, but you still haven’t received it 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.

    Do not mail a ballot and also vote 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. Contact your county election office for more information.

    Learn More about early voting.
  • What if I’m voting 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.

  • Do I need an ID to vote?

    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.

    Learn more about voter ID laws.
  • How do I find out where to go to vote?

    Right here!

    Make a Plan

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.

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

  • House

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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