Monday, Oct. 18, is the last day to register to vote in Pennsylvania for the Nov. 2, 2021 general election.
While it’s an “off” year for members of Congress and a presidential election, Pennsylvanians will have a host of positions and issues on their ballots this year.
Ready to vote?
Tonight is the deadline to register to vote or update your registration in time for the November 2 municipal election at https://t.co/bWArqcPS8b.
— Pennsylvania (@PennsylvaniaGov) October 18, 2021
You may register to vote through midnight today at PAVoterServices.PA/gov. If you’re 18 or older, a U.S. citizen and have lived in Pennsylvania for at least 30 days, you are eligible. A few things to keep in mind:
- Register to vote here. Voters who have moved since the last time they voted can re-register with this link.
- Not sure if you’re registered, or where? Check your voter registration status here.
- Apply for a mail-in ballot by Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. here.
Vote by mail
All Pennsylvania voters can now vote by mail, for any reason. If you plan to vote by mail, you may apply for a mail-in ballot through Oct. 26 at 5 p.m., and your filled-in ballot must be must be received by your county election office by Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. If you plan on dropping it in the mailbox, give yourself about a week of headway before that Nov. 2 deadline, officials said last year.
In all 67 counties, a voter can return their own ballot to a local election office in person (find the address here). Some counties have set up satellite offices and drop boxes, which you can find here. If you did not return your mail-in ballot and instead want to vote in-person, you have two options, PA.gov says:
“Bring your ballot and the pre-addressed outer return envelope to your polling place to be voided. After you surrender your ballot and envelope and sign a declaration, you can then vote with a regular ballot. If you don’t surrender your ballot and return envelope, you can only vote by provisional ballot at your polling place. Your county election board will then verify that you did not vote by mail before counting your provisional ballot.”
Vote in person at the polls
Polls will be open Tuesday, Nov. 2 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you plan on heading to vote in person this year, here’s what you’ll need. Be sure you know where your polling location is (check here), bring a snack or a drink in case you’re waiting for a while, and remember to bring some form of ID if it is your first time voting at that polling place. While you’re voting, know your rights:
- If the polls close while you’re still in line, stay in line — you have the right to vote.
- If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.
- If the machines are down at your polling place, ask for a paper ballot.
For help or questions, you can call the ACLU’s nonpartisan Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-687-8683 for English and 1-888-839-8682 for Spanish.
If you are told your name is not in the list of registered voters, you should request a provisional ballot.
What’s on the ballot?
Pennsylvanians will have a slew of judge appointments to vote on this year, including judges to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Superior Court of Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Court and the PA Court of Common Pleas. Philadelphians will be prompted to vote for the district attorney and city controller, as well as four ballot questions concerning changes to the City charter. The questions include some hot-button issues, like a vote on cannabis legalization and approving annual appropriation for the Housing Trust Fund.
The Philadelphia Citizen offers a comprehensive voter’s guide with everything Philly voters will see on their ballots. Ballotpedia will show any voter who will be on their ballot at the address they’re registered.-30-