PA Primary Voter Guide

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PA Voter Guide and FAQ 

There are a lot of important changes to the 2020 Pennsylvania Primary. Make sure you, your family, your friends, and neighbors know about them!

The PA Department of State offers webcasts on Tuesdays at 5:30 and 7:00 pm, May 5th – May 26th. Topics include: Voter Registration, Voting by Mail, and Elections during COVID-19. Registration and more info is available at the DoS website.

In response to COVID-19, the date of the primary was moved to June 2. The dates for voter registration and absentee ballots were updated too. Two pieces of legislation changed the way the election will be conducted and the voting options available to voters.

Citizens for Better Elections strongly recommends that all voters take advantage of the new no-excuse, mail-in ballots for the June 2 Primary. It will reduce the number of in-person voters, which is safer for you and your community. The deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot is May 26, but don’t wait! Requesting yours early helps county election officials, who will be printing and mailing thousands of ballots.

For the June 2 Primary only, counties are allowed to move or reduce the number of polling places. This flexibility is important, but it means changes could be announced only two weeks before the election. Request a mail-in ballot or be sure to check the county’s website before election day.

Important Changes

  • Eliminated straight party voting
  • Extended registration and submission deadlines
  • Added no excuse mail-in ballot voting
  • Mail-In/Absentee ballots will be counted by the county, not local precincts 
  • Mail-In/Absentee ballot voters must vote provisionally if they show up at the polls on Election Day and poll book does not show a returned ballot.

Online Mail-In/Absentee Ballot Request Application

Online Voter Registration/Party Affiliation Application

Online Ballot Tracking Service

Ready to Vote PA Toolkit

PA DoS Webcasts on Registration, Voting by Mail, and Elections during COVID-19: Tuesdays during May

Important 2020 Primary Election Dates

May 18thVoter registration deadline
May 26thMail-In/Absentee ballot request application deadline (by 5 pm)
June 2ndELECTION DAY (Mail-In/Absentee ballots must be received at county courthouse by 8 p.m.)

Current Ways to Cast a Ballot in Pennsylvania

  • In person at local precinct, voting on a paper ballot on Election Day
  • No excuse mail-in ballot voting
  • Absentee ballot voting 
  • In person at county voter services, voting via mail-in ballot application.  Counties are now permitted to open satellite voter services offices as well, if they have the resources. 

County Links

PHILADELPHIA COUNTY(215) 686-3943
CHESTER COUNTY(610) 344-6410
BUCKS COUNTY(215) 348-6154
MONTGOMERY COUNTY(610) 278-3275
DELAWARE COUNTY.(610) 892-0641

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