INFORMATION FOR VOTERS IN PENNSYLVANIA
- Dates and Deadlines
- Need help? Call the Election Protection Hotline.
- Voting with a Criminal Conviction
- Voting in the November General Election
- About the General Election
DATES AND DEADLINES
- Tuesday, November 3, 2020: General Election Day
- Monday, October 19, 2020: Last day to register to vote
- Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at 5 p.m: Last day to request an absentee or mail-in ballot
- Tuesday, November 3, 2020: Completed mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by your county election office no later than Friday, November 6, at 5 p.m. (updated 9/17/2020)
NEED HELP? CALL THE ELECTION PROTECTION HOTLINE
To get the most up-to-date information about the election, answers to questions about your polling location, get help with any voting-related issue, or report a problem on Election Day, you can call one of these nonpartisan voter hotlines.
- English: 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
- Español and English: 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) NALEO Educational Fund
- (عربى Arabic and English: 844-YALLA-US (844-925-5287) Arab American Institute (AAI)
- Mandarin (普通話), Cantonese (廣東話; 話), Korean (한국어), Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt), Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, Bengali and English - 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) APIAVote & Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
VOTING WITH A CRIMINAL CONVICTION
In Pennsylvania, a criminal conviction does not stop you from voting. You can vote if:
- You are on probation or parole.
- You are living in a halfway house. (Must vote with an absentee ballot and cannot use the address of the halfway house as your registration address. Must use previous or future address.)
- You are in jail awaiting trial. (Must vote with an absentee ballot.)
- You are currently incarcerated for a misdemeanor conviction. (Must vote with an absentee ballot.)
You are under house arrest. (Must vote with an absentee ballot)
Learn more about voting with a criminal conviction.
VOTING WITH A CRIMINAL CONVICTION
You have the option to vote in person or to vote-by-mail. If you decide to vote in person, be sure to check your polling location before you vote. If you are concerned about voting by mail, know that it is safe. There are checks in place that can prevent your vote from not being counted. If you suspect your ballot is lost in the mail, or if you lose it in the house, you can call your county election office and request a replacement. Google your county’s election office or call 877-VOTESPA to be connected. To learn more about each option, take a look at our FAQ section below.
Find your polling place
Apply to vote-by-mail
If you are a first-time voter, the first step is to register before the voting registration deadline on Monday, October 19.
Moved since you last voted?
It is important that you are registered at your current address so you can get the correct ballot, especially if you plan to vote by mail. The deadline is Monday, October 19.
Update your registration (address, name, or party)
If you want to register in person, or on paper, call 877-VOTESPA (877-868-3772) for help.
ABOUT THE GENERAL ELECTION
On November 3rd, you and voters across Pennsylvania will elect leaders to represent us. Most of us are familiar with the role of the President, but this Election Day we will also be choosing U.S. Representatives, State Representatives, State Senators, an Auditor General, an Attorney General, and a State Treasurer.
Learn more about the candidates running for office here:
*COVID-19 has placed us in uncertain times. Some election details are subject to change. Continue to check this page and/or votespa.com for the latest information. This guide to voting in Pennsylvania is not legal advice. If you have questions about your eligibility or rights, please call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) or consult a lawyer.