Voting Center

Key Primary Dates: 2020

Please keep these important dates in mind to ensure your vote is heard in the 2020 Democratic primary!

Primary Day 2020 Registration Deadline Vote by Mail Window
April 28, 2020 April 13, 2020 March 9 – April 28

How To Register To Vote

How To Vote Absentee


Voter Registration FAQ

No, you may also register by mail as long as the application is postmarked by April 13, 2020 for the April 28, 2020 primary election.

To register by mail, print this application and mail it to your County Voter Registration Office, whose address is listed within the application.

Yes, if you have lived at your current address for more than thirty days as of primary election day, you may register to vote in PA without a PA driver’s license.

Anyone who turns 18 on or before April 13, 2020 (who is registered) will be able to vote this November. You must still submit your voter registration application prior to April 13, 2020.


Primary Day FAQ

Polls are open 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

By PA law, anyone who is in line by 8:00 PM must be allowed to vote. If you are in line at 8:00 PM, stay in line until your ballot has been cast!

In Pennsylvania, voters are NOT required to show identification UNLESS it’s your first time voting in your current precinct.

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 still be required to show ID at the new polling location.

Click here for a list of acceptable forms of identification.

If a polling official requests you show ID erroneously, please call the Democratic Voter Hotline at 833-336-VOTE.

If you can’t make it to the polls on April 28, 2020, you can vote by mail from March 9, 2020 until 8 PM on April 28th. Mail-in ballots must be requested in advance and returned by mail or in-person by 8 PM on primary day.

In emergency situations–such as an unexpected illness or disability–you can submit an Emergency Application for Absentee Ballot by Friday, May 1, 2020.

Click here to learn more about absentee eligibility and deadlines.

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.

If you believe a polling official has acted in error, please stay at that polling location and call the Democratic Voter Hotline at 833-336-VOTE. You can also contact the PA Dems at 717-920-8470.


Additional Information

If you need additional instruction, guidance, or resources related to voting in Pennsylvania, please visit the VotesPA Resource Center.

You may also call the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation at 717-787-5280 or 1-877-868-3772.