How to vote in the Pennsylvania general election on November 8

The next election in Philadelphia is Tuesday, November 8, 2022.

We’ve put together this handy voting guide so you can step into the polling booth (or fill out a absentee ballot) and be confident about who and what you’re voting for this election season.

Read on for easy tips on how to register to vote in Pennsylvania, how to check your registration status, how to register for mail-in ballots, and how to find your polling station and voting district.

An informed voter is the best kind of voter (although all voters are pretty awesome), so we hope you find this useful in doing your #1 civic duty.

First some important dates: The voting season officially starts on 09/19 — 50 days before the election. Mail-in ballots should be arriving sometime around this time, although they were a little late in the last election. October 24th is the deadline for registering to vote in the Bundestag elections. November 1st is the last day to apply for a postal or absentee ballot for the general election.

Everything ready? Scroll down for all the information you need to vote in the next Philadelphia election, or skip ahead to find out how to:

REGISTRATION TO VOTE IN PENNSYLVANIA

You can vote in the November 8 general election if you are a United States citizen for at least one month prior to November 8, a resident of Philadelphia and your constituency for at least 30 days prior to November 8, and are at least 18 years of age on or before November 8th.

Make a note of this date: October 24th is the last day to register if you want to take part in the parliamentary elections on November 8th.

Do you check all these boxes? ? There are several ways to register to vote in PA:

HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE ONLINE

Click this link to complete the Voter Registration Application. Fill it out from top to bottom, make sure you’re not a robot, and click submit.

When your application is submitted, you will receive an application tracking number in your email. You can use this to track the status of your voter registration application through this form.

After successful registration, you will receive a voter registration card with the address of your polling station in the mail. This should take about 14 days.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR VOTING BY MAIL

Download and print this application, fill it out, sign it and mail it to your District Electoral Committee, which can be found here. Applications for registration must be received at the district voter registration offices by close of business on the voter registration deadline.

In Philadelphia, this address is:
The Philadelphia County Board of Elections
520 N. Columbus Boulevard, 5th floor
Philly, PA 19123

No printer? Voter registration forms are also available from the US Post Office, Philadelphia public libraries, and funnily enough, state liquor stores.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE PERSONAL VOTING

As the election approaches, you may find local organizations that run voter registration drives near busy areas of the city, like grocery stores and public parks. These folks have all the tools on hand to help you through the registration process – just remember to have a valid PA ID on hand.


VOTER REGISTRATION VERIFICATION AND UPDATES

The last thing you want to do is go to the ballot box on election day to find out you’re not even registered. It’s always a good idea to double check. We’ll show you how to do that below, and update your registration status – whether you change address or change political parties.

HOW TO CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION IN PA

Want to check if you’re registered to vote in PA? The process is simple. Go to this website and enter one of three criteria: your name, your driver’s license number, or your PennDOT ID. Voila!

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION INFORMATION IN PA

Has your address or name changed since the last election? You can update the information in your voter registration by completing a new voter registration application.

If you’re doing this online, click “Change Name” or “Change Address” on Question #3 to be sent in the right direction. Question #10 on the printed form also gives you the option to enter a new name and/or address.

HOW TO CHANGE YOUR POLITICAL PARTY IN PENNSYLVANIA

If you decide to change your party to Democrat, Republican, Green, Independent, etc., you can do so by filling out a new voter registration application. If you are doing this online, for question #3, click “Change Party”. Question #3 on the printed form also gives you the option to nominate a new party.


VOTING BY MAIL IN PENNSYLVANIA

In Pennsylvania it is possible Start voting 50 days before Election Day by absentee ballot, absentee ballot, or at a satellite voting office (locations TBD). That means you can start voting September 19, 2022or as soon as it arrives in your mailbox.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A MAIL-IN CHOICE

postal vote the Opportunity to vote during Covid-19 for most people and although we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel the practice has stuck for some voters who wish to have their vote counted early.

If you wish to apply for a postal vote, you must do so by 5 p.m. on November 1, 2022. You can apply in different ways.

  1. Apply online to vote by mail with a valid PA driver’s license or photo ID from (PennDOT).
  2. Apply by post for a postal vote and send it to your district election office.
  3. You can also apply in person at your district electoral office.

If your application is accepted, you will receive a mail-in ballot with instructions from your district elections office.

If you have registered for the annual postal voter list, you should receive an extension application by mid-February. (You must renew your application annually.)

This page answers any other questions you may have about absentee voting in PA.

HOW TO REQUEST A POSTAL VOTE

You can apply to vote by mail in PA if you are out of town on Election Day or if you have an illness or disability that prevents you from voting.

If you wish to apply for a postal vote, you must do so at 5 p.m. on November 1st, 2022 so that it is counted in elementary school. You can apply in different ways.

    1. Apply for an absentee ballot online with a valid PA driver’s license or photo ID from (PennDOT).
    2. Apply by post for a postal vote and send it to your district election office.
    3. You can also apply in person at your district electoral office.

WHERE TO RETURN LETTER VOICES IN PHILLY

The state of Pennsylvania offers you several options for returning absentee ballots:

  1. By mail. Simply drop it in the mailbox or hand it in at the post office clerk nearby.
  2. Personally. Take it to your local County Board of Elections (which you can find here). These locations are typically open during regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In Philadelphia, the office is located in Room 142 at City Hall. For more information, call (215) 686-3469.
  3. drop boxes. You can drop off your absentee ballot at more than a dozen mailboxes throughout Philadelphia (locations to be announced). They are accessible 24 hours a day and are constantly monitored by security cameras.

VOTING ON ELECTION DAY IN PHILLY

Here’s what to expect on Election Day in Philadelphia this November, including where to find your polling station and district, and who’s running for office.

When are the polling stations open in Philadelphia?

If you vote in person on Election Day, the polls are open November 8, 2022, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Remember, you can queue to vote before 7am and you can vote as long as you queued before 8pm – even if you get to the actual voting booth later.

HOW TO FIND YOUR POLLING HOUSE

Polling locations are subject to change, so make sure you know where to go if you plan to vote in person on November 8th. The process is simple. Just go here and enter your county, city, street name, house number and zip code. Voila!

HOW TO FIND YOUR CONSTITUTION

Not sure which district you belong to? It’s confusing, we get it. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to find out. Just go here and search for either your address or your county and municipality.

WHO CAN APPLY FOR THE PHILLY AND PA OFFICE?

A crowded primary has helped narrow down the candidates you’ll vote for in Pennsylvania, including a number of major state offices, the US Senate and House of Representatives, the governor, lieutenant governor, and the state Senate and House of Representatives. For a list of May primary winners, see our PA primary voter guide. And stay tuned for our general election voter guide, coming out later this fall.

Good luck voting, Pennsylvania!

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