Who can vote in the May 15 Primary Election?

Registered Democratic voters who live in the commonwealth can vote in the Democratic Primary Election held on Tuesday May 15, 2018.

In order to register to vote in Pennsylvania, you must:

  • Have been a citizen of the United States for at least one month before Election Day
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day
  • Be a resident of the election district in which you want to register to vote for at least 30 days before Election Day

** If you’re under 18 but you will turn 18 on or before the next election day, you can still register to vote **

For more on eligibility, please click here.

How do I find my polling place?

You can find your polling location through the Department of State website here.



How can I register to vote or update my voter registration?

You can fill out a Pennsylvania Voter Registration Application online here or print the form here and mail a completed form to the address provided for your local County Voter Registration Office.

How can I check if I’m registered to vote?

You can check your voter registration online by clicking here or contacting 1-877-VOTESPA.


Eligibility and Deadlines

When is the last day I can register to vote?

Your voter registration application must be received or postmarked no later than 30 days before Election Day.

2018 Primary Election Deadline: Monday, April 16, 2018

Download the official Election Deadline Schedule from the PA Department of State Website

Do I need to show my ID to vote?

Unless you are a first-time voter, you will not be required to present an ID when voting.

If you are a first-time voter, then you must show proof of identification at the polling place.

All voters who appear at a polling place for the first time must show proof of identification. That means if you voted in PA in a previous election, but have moved and are now voting at a new polling location you will be required to show ID at the new polling location.

Click here for a list of acceptable forms of identification.

Polls will be open from 7am to 8pm. If you are in line by 8pm, you are allowed to vote.


Absentee Ballots

What if I’m a Pennsylvania resident, but I won’t be in my election district on Election Day?

If you can’t make it to the polls on Election Day, you can vote early in person or by mail if you meet certain requirements.

The County Board of Elections must receive your application for absentee ballot no later than 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election. In emergency situations (such as an unexpected illness or disability) you can submit an Emergency Application for Absentee Ballot, which must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day. Completed non-emergency absentee ballots must be received by 5 p.m. 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.

Learn more about eligibility and deadlines here.

What if I’m a veteran, active member of the military, or civilian traveling or living abroad?

Americans living overseas and in the military who want to vote in their home state must request their ballot every election year even if they are already registered. Democrats Abroad provides assistance for service members, their families, and overseas citizens who want to vote. Click here to get more information.


Where can I find additional information?

If you have additional questions about voting in Pennsylvania, please call the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation at 717-787-5280 or 1-877-868-3772, or visit their website

You can also view the handy Voter Guide put together by the PA Department of State.