2022 General Election Facts

  • Deadline to Register: October 24, 2022
    • Check registration status here
    • You must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Pennsylvania at least 30 days before the election (by October 9, 2022).
  • Voting by Mail:
    • Application due: by November 1, 2022, 5 pm (for receipt by county election board)
    • To vote by mail in 2022, you must apply again, even if you have voted by mail before
    • If you received an application but wish to vote in person instead, simply discard the application.
    • You may cancel your ballot request here but if your ballot was already sent, you must bring it and its voter declaration envelope with you to your polling location if you wish to vote in person instead.
    • Voted ballot must be received by county by November 8, 2022, 8pm
  • In-person Voting: November 8, 2022, 7am-8pm
    • If you received your mail-in ballot but wish to vote in person instead, turn in your ballot AND the envelope with the voter’s declaration at your polling place.
  • Want to protect the vote? Work at the Polls (students welcome!)

Voting by Mail – Step by Step

If you applied for a mail-in or absentee ballot online by the deadline (Tuesday, May 10):

  1. Receive your ballot by mail (check status here).
  2. Complete your ballot using the instructions included with it, making sure to fill in ovals on the ballot to make your selections – no X or check marks! See also: this helpful article.
  3. Insert your ballot in the privacy envelope and seal it. Be sure not to make any stray marks on the privacy envelope.
  4. Insert the sealed privacy envelope in the outer envelope (with the declaration printed on it).
  5. Make sure to complete and SIGN and DATE the declaration as directed in the instructions.
  6. Use a drop-box location (see below) to cast your ballot.
  7. Check ballot status to determine if your county has received your ballot by November 8.
  • If your ballot has not been received by the county by November 8, you can vote in person on November 8 by either:
    • Turning in your ballot AND the envelope with the voter’s declaration at your polling place (preferred); or
    • Voting by provisional ballot.
  • Concerned about missing a mailing? Sign up for informed delivery with the USPS.

Sample Ballots


Ballot Drop-Box Locations


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 – counties are now permitted to open satellite voter services offices as well, if they have the resources. 

County Links

CHESTER COUNTY(610) 344-6410
BUCKS COUNTY(215) 348-6154
DELAWARE COUNTY.(610) 892-0641

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