PA General Election Guide

Make sure your vote gets counted this fall!

  • Comfortable going out with a mask? Vote in person on November 3rd!
  • Find your polling place.
  • Otherwise, vote by mail, or drop off your ballot at one of these locations
  • 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!)

To vote by mail:

  1. Apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot online by Tuesday, October 27 (or better yet, ASAP).
  2. Receive your ballot by mail.
  3. 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.
  4. Insert your ballot in the privacy envelope, and then the outer envelope (with the declaration printed on it).
  5. Make sure to complete and SIGN the declaration as directed in the instructions.
  6. Mail it back ASAP, or better yet (given mail delays) use a drop-box location (see below).
  7. Check ballot status
  • If your ballot has not been received by the county by November 3, you can vote in person on November 3 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.

Ballot Drop-Box Locations

Bucks County https://2020-general-election-bucksgis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/drop-box-info

Chester County https://www.chesco.org/4758/Drop-Off-Locations

Delaware County https://delcopa.gov/vote/ballotdropbox.html

Montgomery County https://www.montcopa.org/3587/Ballot-Drop-Box-Locations and Satellite Office locations

Philadelphia Early Voting Details: https://www.phillyearlyvoting.com/; new Drop-Box locations at City Hall and 520 N Columbus Blvd and additional satellite offices

Legal and Civic Context

Important Changes This Year

  • 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.

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

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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