Online Voting in Pennsylvania

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 Registering to Vote in Pennsylvania

If you want to vote in a Pennsylvania election, you first need to make sure you are registered to vote.  To register, you’ll need to send in a registration form to the Pennsylvania Board of Elections.  If you prefer, you can register to vote though the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation where you receive a driver’s license.  You don’t have to reregister to vote in Pennsylvania unless you have a name change or change of address.

Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years old on the day of the election
  • Must be a citizen of the United States for at least one month before the day of the election
  • Must be a resident for at least 30 days in the district you want to vote

Where and How to Register

If you don’t know whether or not you’re already registered to vote, you can search the voter registration database for your name.  You can also contact the local County Board of Elections to see if you are registered to vote.  Unfortunately, you cannot register to vote in Pennsylvania through the Internet.  You can, however, print off the registration application and mail it in.  If you don’t want to do this, you can always apply in person.

It usually takes less than 14 days for your registration application to be processed once you have mailed it in.  If you have not heard anything back within two weeks, you will want to contact your local Board of Elections.  If your application is approved, you will be sent a voter ID card.  Make sure to bring this card with you to the polls when voting. If your name is not on the list, you can present your card to prove you have been told to vote at those particular polls.

If you change your name or address, you need to reregister to vote.  If you don’t reregister, you may not be allowed to vote.  And unless you reregister within 30 days prior to the next election, you may have to vote in your previous precinct.  This is why it’s important to reregister as soon as possible to ensure any registration issues are fixed before the next election takes place.

Both when registering to vote and at the polls you will need to bring two forms of ID.  Preferably, a US passport or driver’s license.  If you don’t have a photo ID, you’ll need to bring along a current bank statement, government check with your name, firearm permit or even a current paycheck.

Make Sure Your Vote Counts

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Additional Resources

Pennsylvania Board of Elections

Pennsylvania Election Law

Govtrack

Wikipedia

 

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