Countdown to Vote

Release Date: October 25, 2011

Days to Go -- Prepare to VOTE!

With the election just days away, there are a few steps you can take to prepare yourself and your collegues before you go to the polls!  Election Day is NOVEMBER 6.

If you are registered in a state other than Pennsylvania, please visit http://www.smartvoter.org to find your polling place, determine if you are registered, and to answer other questions.

Is Voter ID required to vote this election? 

Only first-time voters, voters using a new polling place, and voters using absentee ballots will need to provide ID.

If you are a registered voter, workers may ask for your ID at the polls. If you do not have it, they CANNOT prevent you from voting.  If you have any issues with Voter ID or anything else on Election Day, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.   

If you are a first-time voter or if you are voting at a new polling place, you should bring an approved form of identification.  To see all approved forms, visit the PA Department of State voting website.

When can I vote? 

In Pennsylvania, the polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM on Tuesday, November 6. You should plan ahead what time of day is best for you to head to the polls.

You can vote by absentee ballot if you are a member of the military, if you expect to be absent from your municipality during the entire time the polls are open, or if you are unable to get to the polls. You can find out more about absentee ballots here.

To vote by absentee ballot, you must already be registered to vote, and you must send an application for an absentee ballot to your County Election Office by 5 PM on October 30, 2012. Your County Election Office will send you an absentee ballot once your application is received. Your absentee ballot must be received by your County Election Office by the close of the polls on Election Day to have your vote counted.

If an emergency requires you to receive an absentee ballot after October 30, 2012, you can use this form to apply for an emergency absentee ballot.

Where do I vote?

The Pennsylvania Department of State offers an online guide to help find your polling place on their website. You can also use the Microsoft Polling Place Locator Tool to find your polling place nationwide.

How do I cast a vote at my polling place?       

Different counties use different types of polling systems. Votespa.com offers a demonstration of the type voting system you will use and how it works.

What should I bring with me to the polls?            

If you are a first-time voter or if you are voting at a new polling place, you should bring an approved form of identification.  To see all approved forms, visit the PA Department of State voting website.

All voters may bring a list of candidates on the ballot and who they plan to vote for and/or a list of key issues or specific proposals that are on the ballot.

If you have any issues on Election Day, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.  Be sure to bring this number with you to the polls!

Encourage Others to Vote

Every vote counts! Download copies of these resources to distribute to parents, friends and family before and on Election Day: