VOTE 2021

Election Day is May 18

This election is a municipal primary so ballots will vary by location, but there are three ballot initiatives that will appear on all Pennsylvania ballots. For more information on those:

Make your voice heard! If you are 18 or older and a U.S. citizen, you are eligible to vote. But you must REGISTER first.

Pennsylvania 2021 Voter Timeline: Important Dates

Make sure your vote is counted! Deadlines matter, so act today. Register to vote and request/return your mail-in ballot in time to meet these deadlines.

  • May 3: PA Voter registration deadline
  • May 11: PA APPLICTIONS for mail-in or absentee ballots are due at your county election office
  • May 18: Last day for county Board of Elections to receive voted mail-in and civilian absentee ballots (must be received by 8 p.m.). Please allow for mail delays – mail early!
  • May 18: Polling places are open for in-person voting

Sign up for email reminders about these deadlines and other voting information.

Pennsylvania Voters - Let’s Get Started

Register and vote – it’s easy if you take it step by step.

Are you already registered to vote?  

Register to Vote in Pennsylvania

Choose how you want to register and complete the registration form.

Choose How to Vote

This year, there are two ways to vote: in person or by mail. You can decide which is safest and most convenient for you.

Vote in person:

  • Go to your designated polling place and vote in person between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Election Day – Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Find your designated voting site.
  • If you are voting at this polling place for the first time, you will need to show ID.
  • Acceptable photo ID includes: a Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card, U.S. passport or government ID, U.S. Armed Forces ID, student or employee photo ID.
  • Acceptable non-photo ID must include the voter’s name and address, such as a confirmation issued by your county’s Voter Registration Office, ID issued by Pennsylvania or the U.S. government, a firearms permit, government check, or current utility bill, bank statement of paycheck.

Learn what to expect at your polling place if you are voting in person.

Vote by mail:

  • Apply for your mail-in or absentee ballot.
  • When your ballot arrives, fill it out carefully, following the instructions; place your ballot in the secrecy envelope, then put the secrecy envelope in the official envelope. Be sure to sign the declaration, or your ballot may not count.
  • Mail right away. To be counted, your ballot must arrive at your county election office on time.
  • You can check the status of your application or your ballot once you mail it in. 

For Voters Outside of Pennsylvania

Find out how to register at All In to Vote.

If you lived in Pennsylvania but have now moved out of state, you should notify the county election office where you were registered.

For Military and Overseas Voters

Military members and civilians serving overseas can learn how to register and vote in Pennsylvania, including how to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot.