How to register to vote in Pennsylvania

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Pennsylvania offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Pennsylvania by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Who can vote

To register in Pennsylvania you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States at least one month before the next election
  • be a resident of Pennsylvania and your election district at least 30 days before the election
  • be at least 18 years of age on the day of the next election

Online voter registration

  • Pennsylvania offers online voter registration.
  • You should know: you need a Pennsylvania ID to use Pennsylvania's online voter registration system. If you don't have a Pennsylvania ID, you can still register to vote by mail.
  • You can register online until Tuesday, October 9.

By-mail voter registration

Use the National Voter Registration Form

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 - ID Number: You must supply a driver's license number, if you have one. If you do not have a driver's license number, you must supply the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have a Social Security number, please write "NONE" in the box.
  3. Box 7 - Choice of Party: Pennsylvania requires that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. You should register with the party whose primary you would like to vote in.
  4. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: You are requested by the Federal Voting Rights Act to fill in this box.
  5. Review the "Who can vote?" section above and check that you're eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 9.

Use the Pennsylvania voter registration form

You can also register to vote using the Pennsylvania voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 9.

In-person voter registration

Get step-by-step help

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Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Pennsylvania.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Pennsylvania's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Tuesday, October 9.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 9.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, October 9.

Election contact information for Pennsylvania

Address:
Department of State
210 North Office Building, 401 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Phone Number:
(717) 787-5280