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Voting at a Polling Place

Counties must finalize their polling place locations by 20 days before the election. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Remember, if you are in line by 8 p.m., you can vote. They are required to notify voters of polling place changes and may do so in a variety of ways. Contact your county election office if you have questions.

Where is my polling place?

You can find your polling place using the Department of State's online lookup tool.

What can I expect at the polling place?

When you arrive at the polling place, you will check in with the poll workers. Follow their instructions, as the check-in process may have changed.

If you are eligible to vote a regular ballot, you will either hand mark a paper ballot or vote using a ballot marking device. All Pennsylvania voting systems have been updated since 2018, and the voting systems are different from one county to another. Learn about your county's voting system.

If you are not eligible to vote a regular ballot, you may be provided a provisional ballot. Learn about provisional ballots.

What if I requested a mail-in or absentee ballot?

  • If you already submitted a mail-in or absentee ballot, you cannot vote at your polling place on election day.
  • If you did not return your mail-in or absentee ballot and you want to vote in person, you have two options:
    1. Bring your ballot and the pre-addressed outer return envelope containing the Voter’s Declaration to your polling place to be voided. After you surrender your ballot and envelope and sign a declaration, you can then vote a regular ballot.
    2. If you don't surrender your ballot and return envelope, you can only vote by provisional ballot at your polling place. Your county board of elections will then verify that you did not vote by mail before counting your provisional ballot.

What if I have a problem?

  • If voting rules are being violated, alert the Judge of Elections at your polling location. You can also report election complaints or contact your Board of Elections directly. 
  • If you need help voting or if you cannot use the voting system because of a disability, ask the poll workers about accessible voting options.
  • If you need help voting or using the voting system because of your ability to speak or read English may have language support.
  • If a poll worker determines that you are not eligible to vote a regular ballot, you may ask to vote a provisional ballot.  Your provisional ballot will be counted if election officials determine that you are eligible to vote in person on election day.

FAQs about voting in person


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