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Voting at a Polling Place

Counties must finalize their polling place locations by 20 days before the election. 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 can I do to protect myself and others from COVID-19?

If you are planning to vote in person on election day, please follow these steps to help ensure a safe and orderly voting experience for everyone:

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.  
    • We strongly encourage voters to wear masks out of respect for their fellow voters and for the dedicated poll workers staffing the polling places. Voters who are not wearing a mask will not be denied their right to vote. 
  • Bring your own blue- or black-ink pen to mark your ballot to limit your exposure to shared surfaces.
  • Practice good hand hygiene. You may want to bring hand sanitizer with you for your personal use.
  • Maintain social distance from poll workers and other voters. This means staying about six feet apart from other people while you are waiting in line, checking in and voting.
  • Follow instructions from poll workers and other election officials. They are there to help things run smoothly.
  • Be patient. You can help by being patient and understanding while you exercise your right to vote. 
  • Stay informed about current guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health at


What steps may counties take to protect me from COVID-19?

  • Provide election officials with gloves, masks or other personal protective equipment.
  • Place sneeze guards or other physical barriers between poll workers and voters at the check-in table.
  • Designate work areas for poll workers that adhere to the 6-foot rule and encourage poll workers to follow proper hand hygiene.
  • Designate spaces for voters to stand while waiting to check-in, while waiting for an available voting station, and while waiting to scan their ballot. This can be done using signs, traffic cones, marking tape and instructions posted at the polling place.
  • Place hand-sanitizer dispensers at polling place entrances and exits for voters to use.

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.

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