Guide to Voting

Pennsylvania Has the Surrender Rule

Can I vote in person after requesting to vote by mail? Yes. If you’ve requested to vote by mail, you can bring your ballot with you and hand it over to poll workers to be voided. At that point, you’ll be allowed to vote on the machines as though you never requested a mail ballot at all. If you don’t have your ballot with you, including if it didn’t arrive on time, you can still show up to the polls and vote on a provisional ballot, which is a paper ballot that is set aside and counted once it is clear you are eligible to vote.

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1. Voter registration


Deadline to Register/update: OCTOBER 19, 2020


Link to Application:



2. Check Your registration

Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.

Check Registration Here:

Update Registration Here:


  • Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
  • Correct Address
  • Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
  • Correct Date of Birth
  • Correct Political Party preference


3. Order your mail ballot


Deadline for absentee mail ballot application: Must be received by October 27, 2020


We recommend requesting your advance mail ballot as soon as possible and well in advance of this deadline in order to ensure that you receive your ballot in time.

Request Mail-In Ballot Here:

Track your Mail Ballot Status Here:


Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot:
received by november 3, 2020 8pm


4. Early voting information

  • Early voting is not available. However, 50 days prior to Election Day counties can accept in-person requests for absentee ballots. Voters can submit a request and cast a ballot at the same time. Voters can make requests until the day before Election Day. 
  • In-person requests can be made at county elections offices. County officials can also provide additional locations for voting.

5. Be a poll worker

  • Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Poll workers must be 16 years old or over, and a registered voter (if 18 or older) in their county

6. Additional Questions?


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