Voter Registration in PennsylvaniaPage Overview
Voter Registration in Pennsylvania
To participate in Pennsylvania elections, you have to register to vote with the Pennsylvania Board of Elections. You can also register to vote through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) at any photo license center.
Once you register to vote, you do NOT need to register again unless you need to change your address, name, or party affiliation.
See below for more information about voter eligibility, ways to register to vote, and registration deadlines.
To register to vote in Pennsylvania, you must:
- Have been a U.S. citizen for at least 1 month before the next election.
- Be 18 years old by the next election.
- Have been a resident of Pennsylvania and the district you wish to vote in for at least 30 days before the next election.
Check Your Voter Registration Status
To check the status of your voter registration and locate your polling place in Pennsylvania:
To vote in the next election in PA, you must be registered as a voter at least 30 days before the election date.
NOTE: If you are applying to be an absentee voter, your county Board of Elections must receive your application by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election.
In Pennsylvania, you can register to vote by mail or in person. You cannot register to vote online or by phone.
To register to vote, complete a Pennsylvania Voter Registration Mail Application Form and take or mail it to your PA county Board of Elections office.
You can also take the completed form in person to:
- A government agency office. (Visit the website for a list of agencies.)
- A PennDOT photo license center when you apply for or renew your PA driver’s license.
You can request the form to be sent to you by e-mailing the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Full name.
- Mailing address.
- The number of forms you need.
NOTE: Once your voter registration office processes your application, you will be sent a voter identification card by mail. If you do not receive your PA voter ID card within 14 days, you should contact your county voter registration office directly.
Military and Overseas Voters
If you are outside of the state with the military or a U.S. citizen living overseas, you can register to vote using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).
If you change your name, address, or party affiliation, you must update your information by resubmitting a Pennsylvania Voter Registration Form. Follow the steps outlined in “Register to Vote in Pennsylvania” above.
If you move to a new county less than 30 days before an election, you must vote at a polling location in the county where you previously lived.
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