En español | Pennsylvania's Nov. 8 general election will decide races for governor, U.S. House and Senate and several state offices. The state’s primary was May 17.
Changes could be coming for how you vote in the 2022 elections, with state lawmakers pushing for tighter registration deadlines, new voter ID requirements and new restrictions on ballot drop boxes. The state is also adopting a new congressional map after losing a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives following the 2020 Census, which could impact which local candidates appear on your ballot.
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court's recent ruling on an election bill passed in 2019 could limit no-excuse mail-in ballot access in future elections. The decision has been appealed. Check back for updates.
You can check if you are registered to vote through the Pennsylvania voter services and information portal.
Any registered voter can request a no-excuse mail-in ballot and vote safely from home in November’s general election. You’ll need to submit a new request each year, but you can register with the state’s annual mail-in voter list to receive a ballot application by mail each February.
Absentee ballots, which are also submitted by mail, are reserved for people who have a disability or illness that prevents them from going to the polls — or for people who are out of town on the day of the election.
You can apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot online, by mail or in person:
Return completed ballots by mail, in person or via another person, or “agent,” if you’re disabled. Election officials must receive ballots by Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.
Use the state’s voter portal to track the status of your mail-in or absentee ballot.
In the event of an emergency, such as an unexpected illness or unplanned trip out of town, you may be able to request an emergency absentee ballot.
Yes. Once your county finalizes and begins distributing mail-in and absentee ballots, you can request and complete one in person at your county board of elections office.
The general election takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Use the state's voter information portal to find a polling place near you.
No — unless it is your first time voting, in which case you’ll need to show an approved form of ID like a state-issued driver’s license or a U.S. passport.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on June 8 with more information about which candidates will be on November's ballot. The guide was first published on July 30, 2020.
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