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First Time Voters

If you are voting in Pennsylvania for the first time or if you are voting at a new polling place, learn how to get ready to go to the polling place on Election Day.

What do I need to prepare?

What do I need to know about the polling place?

  • In Pennsylvania, polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm.  The busiest times of day to vote are in the morning and evening.  If you can, try going at less busy times.
  • If you have a question, ask a poll worker.
  • If you are in line before or at the time the polls close, you will be allowed to cast your vote.

What do I do if there is a problem?

  • If you need help voting, cannot use the voting system, or cannot go to a polling place because of a disability, learn about accessible voting options.
  • If your name is not in the voter roster and you believe you registered to vote in your precinct, you may have the right to vote on a provisional ballot.  Your vote will count if election officials determine that you are eligible to vote.
  • If you are away from home on Election Day, you may be able to vote by absentee ballot.