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Pennsylvania

Population

12,801,989

Voting-Age Pop.

9,748,290

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 48 %
Trump 49 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 19, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    No
  • ID Required
    No


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Any registered voter may request a "mail-in" ballot, but an excuse is required to request an "absentee" ballot.

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  • No, residents of Pennsylvania must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

No, residents of Pennsylvania must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Applications must be received by: Oct 27, 5pm Chevron Icon

  • Mail-in and absentee ballot applications for the Nov 3 general election must be received by your county election office by 5pm on Oct 27.

Applications must be received by: Oct 27, 5pm

Mail-in and absentee ballot applications for the Nov 3 general election must be received by your county election office by 5pm on Oct 27.

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  • At this time, the Pennsylvania secretary of state website doesn't show a date when the state will begin mailing absentee ballots.


    If you have questions about your absentee ballot request, call your county election office.

When will I receive my ballot?

At this time, the Pennsylvania secretary of state website doesn't show a date when the state will begin mailing absentee ballots.


If you have questions about your absentee ballot request, call your county election office.

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  • Ballots must be received by your county election office by 8pm on Nov 3 - postmarks are not enough. 

Mail Send Icon Return ballot: Received by Nov 3, 8pm

Ballots must be received by your county election office by 8pm on Nov 3 - postmarks are not enough. 

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  • Any qualified voter may apply for a mail-in ballot. You may simply request this ballot without a reason.

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Any qualified voter may apply for a mail-in ballot. You may simply request this ballot without a reason.

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  • If you plan to be out of the municipality on Election Day or if you have a disability or illness, you should request an absentee ballot, which still requires you to list a reason for your ballot.


    To vote by absentee ballot you must be registered to vote.


    Those who may apply for an absentee ballot application are:


    - College students who are not registered to vote at their school address.

    - People whose work or vacation takes them away from the municipality where they live.

    - Those with a physical disability or illness that prevents them from going to the polling place.

    - Members of the military.

    - People who may have a conflict due to the celebration of a religious holiday.

    - Inmates who haven't been convicted of a felony.

Excuse Icon An excuse is required to request an "absentee" ballot

If you plan to be out of the municipality on Election Day or if you have a disability or illness, you should request an absentee ballot, which still requires you to list a reason for your ballot.


To vote by absentee ballot you must be registered to vote.


Those who may apply for an absentee ballot application are:


- College students who are not registered to vote at their school address.

- People whose work or vacation takes them away from the municipality where they live.

- Those with a physical disability or illness that prevents them from going to the polling place.

- Members of the military.

- People who may have a conflict due to the celebration of a religious holiday.

- Inmates who haven't been convicted of a felony.


Checklist Icon Election Rules & Requirements

Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

Voters who request a mail-in or absentee ballot in person must be provided an opportunity to privately and secretly mark their ballot.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

No

Oct 19 is the last day to register before the general election.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

No

When voting at a polling place for the first time, you must show proof of identification.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - votespa.com

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • ID Issued by US Government

  • Non-Photo ID Issued by US Government

  • US Passport

  • US Armed Forces ID

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  • Pennsylvania Driver’s License

  • PennDOT ID Card

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  • Confirmation

    Issued by the County Voter Registration Office

  • Current Utility Bill

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  • ID Issued by Any Commonwealth Agency

  • Non-Photo ID Issued by the Commonwealth

  • Student ID

  • Employee ID

  • Firearm Permit

  • Current Bank Statement

  • Current Paycheck

  • Government Check

  • Other Form

    If you do not have a photo ID, you can use a non-photo identification that includes your name and address


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Covid-19 Voting

Voting resources regarding Covid-19 are developing.

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