PENNSYLVANIA

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Pennsylvania’s voter registration form asks for your PA driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

  • First time voters in PA must show proof of ID. Approved forms of photo ID include:
    • PA driver’s license or PennDOT ID card
    • ID issued by any Commonwealth agency or the U.S. Government
    • U.S. Passport
    • U.S. Armed Forces ID
    • Student ID
    • Employee ID
  • If you do not have a photo ID, you can use a non-photo ID that includes your name and address. Approved forms of non-photo ID include:
    • Confirmation issued by the County Voter Registration Office
    • Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth or U.S. Government
    • Firearm permit
    • Current utility bill
    • Current bank statement
    • Current paycheck
    • Government check

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/PollingPlaceInfo.aspx

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • You may only vote absentee by mail if you have one of the following reasons:
    • You will be absent from your municipality of residence during the entire period the polls are open due to your occupation or business (Students fall under this reason)
    • You are in the military
    • You are a spouse or dependent of a person in the military and except to be absent from your municipality of residence during the entire period the polls are open
    • You are unable to attend your polling place because of illness or physical disability
    • You will not attend a polling place on Election Day because of observance of a religious holiday
    • You are a county employee who expects your Election Day duties relating to the conduct of the election will prevent you from voting
  • Applications for absentee ballots must be received by your County Election Office no later than 5pm on the Tuesday before Election Day.
  • Completed absentee ballots must be received by 5pm on the Friday before Election Day. In presidential election years, absentee ballots received by the close of the polls on Election Day will be counted for the offices of president and vice president only.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Pennsylvania affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • All new PA residents who own out-of-state driver’s licenses must exchange them for Pennsylvania ones within 60 days of declaring Pennsylvania residency, regardless of voter registration status.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania legal professional.

Last updated June 2018