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Election Center

Are you registered to vote?

Find out here

 

For key dates or additional information on voting,
see the  Pennsylvania Department of State web site,
or call 717-787-5280.

      

 

 

 

 

 

Voter ID Law

Voters are required to show an acceptable photo ID on Election Day.   All photo IDs must contain an expiration date that is current, unless noted otherwise.  Voter's names on photo IDs do not need to exactly match their voter registration, but the names must substantially conform.  Acceptable IDs include:

  • Photo IDs issued by the U.S. Federal government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (including the Department of State Voter ID Card)
  • A Driver's License or Non-Driver's License photo ID (IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date)
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • U.S. military ID - active duty and retired military (a military or veteran's ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite).  Military dependents' ID must contain an expiration date
  • Employee photo ID issued by Federal, PA, PA County or PA Municipal government
  • Photo ID from an accredited PA public or private institution of higher learning, including colleges, universities, seminaries, community colleges and other two-year colleges
  • Photo ID issued by a PA care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes

If you do not have one of these IDs, and require one for voting purposes, you may be entitled to get one FREE OF CHARGE at a PennDOT Driver License Center.  To find the Driver License Center nearest you, and learn what supporting documentation you will need to get a photo ID, call the Department of State's Voter ID Hotline at 1-877-VotesPA (868-3772).  Click here for the VoterID Resource Center.

For additional information, please contact the Pennsylvania Department of State at 717-787-5280.

 

First Time Voter

If you're voting for the first time in an upcoming election, the information below can help ensure you're prepared once you arrive at the polls.  All voters who appear at a polling place for the first time must show proof of identification.  Approved forms of photo identification include:

  • Pennsylvania driver's license or PennDOT ID card;
  • ID issued by any Commonwealth agency
  • ID issued by the U.S. Government
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. Armed Forces ID
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID

If you do not have a photo ID, you can use a non-photo identification that includes your name and address.  Approved forms of non-photo identification include:

  • Confirmation issued by the County Voter Registration Office
  • Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth
  • Non-photo ID issued by the U.S. Government
  • Firearm permit
  • Current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Current paycheck
  • Government check

In addition to proper identification, you may be interested in the following information:

To find the Driver License Center nearest you and learn what supporting documentation you will need to get a photo ID, call the Department of State's Voter ID Hotline at 1-877-VotesPA (1-877-868-3772).

 

Voting by Absentee Ballot

If you are unable to attend your polling place in person on Election Day, you may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot.  To vote by absentee ballot, a voter must apply to the County Board of Elections for an absentee ballot.  The County Board of Elections will send a paper absentee ballot to the voter.  The voter then completes the ballot and returns it to the County Board of Elections.

In Pennsylvania, the County Board of Elections must receive your application for absentee ballot no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election.  In emergency situations (such as an unexpected illness or disability) you can submit an Emergency Application for Absentee Ballot, which must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day.  Completed non-emergency absentee ballots must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day.

In presidential election years, absentee ballots received by the close of polls on election day will be counted for the offices of president and vice president.

What I need to know about voting by Absentee Ballot due to the Voter ID Law:

  • Identification requirements took effect in November 2012.
  • Voters must provide drivers license number, last 4 digits of Social Security Number, or a copy of an acceptable photo ID when applying for an absentee ballot.
  • Voters may provide identifying number to county over the phone, by e-mail or mail.
  • Identification will be verified by the county board of elections before the voter's ballot will be counted.  Voters have 6 days following an election to provide the necessary identification.
  • UOCAVA voters and voters affected by the Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped Act are exempt.

 

Who may vote by Absentee Ballot?

The following people may vote for any office in any election by absentee ballot as long as they are registered to vote (unless otherwise indicated):

  • A person who is or may be in the military service of the United States, regardless of whether at the time of voting the person is present in the election district of residence or in the Commonwealth and regardless of whether he or she is registered to vote.
  • A spouse or dependent residing with or accompanying a person in the military service of the Untied States and who expects on Election Day to be absent from his or her municipality of residence during the entire period in which the polling places are open for voting (7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
  • A member of the Merchant Marine and his/her spouse and dependents residing with or accompanying the Merchant Marine, who expect on Election Day to be absent from their Commonwealth or the municipality of residence during the entire period in which the polling places are open for voting (7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
  • A member of a religious or welfare group attached to and serving with the armed forces and his/her spouse and dependents residing with or accompanying him or her, who expect on Election Day to be absent from the Commonwealth or the municipality of residence during the entire period in which the polling places are open for voting (7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
  • A qualified war veteran elector who is bedridden or hospitalized due to illness or physical disability if the elector is absent from the municipality of his residence and unable to attend his/her polling place because of such illness or disability, regardless of whether the elector is registered to vote.
  • A person who, because of illness or physical disability, is unable to attend his/her polling place or to operate a voting machine and obtain assistance by distinct and audible statements.  (Note: A disabled elector may be placed on a permanently disabled absentee file.)
  • A spouse or dependent accompanying a person employed by the Commonwealth or the federal government, in the event that the employee's duties, occupation or business on Election Day require him/her to be absent from the Commonwealth or the municipality of residence during the entire period in which the polling places are open for voting (7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
  • A county employee who expects that his Election Day duties relating to the conduct of the election will prevent the employee from voting.
  • A person who will not attend a polling place on Election Day because of the observance of  a religious holiday.

 

How to request an Absentee Ballot

To obtain an absentee ballot application:

If you would like to designate another person to assist you in delivering a completed absentee or alternative ballot, print, complete and return the following forms to the County Board of Elections:

A qualified absentee voter may apply for an absentee ballot either through an application form or through letter.  An application by letter or other document must be signed by the voter and must include the same information as required on forms provided by the Secretary of the Commonwealth.  The County Board of Elections must receive letter applications no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before Election Day.

Click here for the VoterID Resource Center.

 

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