Be a Voter Next Week!
General elections are on November 5, 2019. If you live in Pennsylvania and are eligible to vote, you needed to be registered by October 9. If you live in another state, please visit our site via Rock the Vote to find your state's information. If you are not sure if you are registered in PA, you can confirm your registration status in the Pennsylvania voter registration database.
(If you missed the deadline, register now for the primaries next year! You can register through Pennsylvania's website, via our site powered by Rock the Vote, or by mailing in an application.)
***If you have any issues on Election Day, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
Issues may include (but are not limited to): being told the wrong date/time to vote; not being allowed to cast a provisional ballot; being intimidated or challenged at the polls.
Be sure to bring this number with you when you vote!***
On November 5, 2019, Pennsylvanians will vote for judges, school boards, and local government. There is also an amendment to the PA Constitution. The nonpartisan League of Women Voters can show you your ballot at Vote411.org. You can also use Vote.org (another nonpartisan organization) to make sure you are registered to vote, find your polling place, and more.
Please note: during the November General Election, anyone who is registered to vote, no matter their party, is eligible to cast a ballot. Independent and third party voters are able to vote. Voters may choose anyone on the ballot they wish - they do not have to vote for someone in their party, as they do in the primary elections.
Will I Need Voter ID?
IN MOST CASES, YOU WILL NOT NEED IDENTIFICATION TO VOTE IN THE PENNSYLVANIA ELECTIONS. Only first-time voters, voters using a new polling place, and voters using absentee ballots will need to provide ID.
If you are a first-time voter, submitting an absentee ballot, or voting at a new polling place, you should bring an approved form of identification. To see all approved forms of ID, visit the PA Department of State voting website. Acceptable forms of identification for absentee voters are available here.
How Do I Vote Absentee?
If you can't make it to your polling place in person on Election Day, you may be able to vote by absentee ballot. To do so, you must request an absentee ballot by 5 PM on the Tuesday before the election. In certain emergency cases (such as unexpected illness or disability), you can submit an emergency application for an absentee ballot no later than 5 PM on the Friday before Election Day. You will need approved identification to vote absentee.
To vote by absentee ballot, you must already be registered in Pennsylvania. Learn more about the process and download your application here. You can also fill out an absentee ballot request online at VotesPA.com/ApplyAbsentee.
Where is My Polling Place?
The Pennsylvania Department of State offers an online tool to help find your polling place. In Pennsylvania, the polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM.
You can find a demo of the voting machines used at your polling station here.
What Should I Bring With Me When I Go To Vote?
If you are a first-time voter or if you are voting at a new polling place, you should bring an approved form of identification. To see all approved forms, visit the PA Department of State voting website.
If you have any issues on Election Day, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE. Be sure to bring this number with you to the polls!
What Are My Rights As a Voter?
Under the Voting Rights Act of 1965, it is illegal for any state or local government to discriminate against racial, ethnic or language minority groups by denying them the right to vote.
In Pennsylvania, you may ask for assistance to vote as long as that assistance is provided by someone other than your employer (or their agent), your union head (or their agent) or the Judge of Elections. You may choose the person who will assist you - polling workers do not have the right to choose that person for you. The first time you need assistance, you will need to fill out a form provided by the Election Official at your polling place.
What if I Have Problems Voting?
If your name is not in the books at the polling place, or if you have any problems voting, please work with the Election officials to make sure you are at the right place. If you are at the correct polling place but your name is not on the books, you can vote by provisional ballot. The Board of Elections will examine the provisional ballots within seven days and will count the votes if you were properly registered and voting at the correct polling place. If you are having problems and are at the correct polling place, do not leave without casting a provisional ballot.
If you have any problems at the polls, please call 1-866-OURVOTE.