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THIS VIDEO IS OUTDATED. A new video is being produced for the 2018 Primary Elections and it will be posted to this channel in September 2018. Once the new video is finished, we will link to it in this description so that you can find it easily.

How to vote in Pennsylvania! Everything you need to know from registering and voter ID laws to absentee voting and sample ballots!

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LINKS:

Check your registration: https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx

Register online: https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/VoterRegistrationApplication.aspx

Printable registration form: https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/documents/VoterApplication_English.pdf

Absentee ballot request form: http://www.dosimages.pa.gov/pdf/AbsenteeBallotApplication.pdf

Find your county elections office: http://www.votespa.com/en-us/voting-and-elections/be-prepared/Pages/County-Contact-Information.aspx

Find your polling place: https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/PollingPlaceInfo.aspx

Find a sample ballot at your county elections office website: (http://www.votespa.com/portal/server.pt?open=514&objID=1174076&parentname=ObjMgr&parentid=1&mode=2

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Hello Pennsylvania. If you want to vote, first you gotta make sure that you're registered to vote. If you're not sure whether you're registered already, there's a link in the description where you can go check right now. It's super easy. If you're not registered or you need to update your name or address, you can go to the link in the description and register online as long as you have a Pennsylvania driver's license or state ID, or the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you don't have any of those things, or you'd rather just fill out a paper form and mail it in, then you should use the printable form in the description. Either way you choose to register, you have until October 11th to do it. 
Once you've registered, you get to vote. In most cases, you're going to be voting in person on November 8th, but you can vote absentee by mail if you'll be out of state on election day, or if you have an illness, disability, or religious belief that doesn't allow you to get to the polls. If any of those apply to you, you can request a ballot by printing out the form in the link below and mailing it to your county elections office. A link to find their addresses is in the description. You can request your ballot any time between now and November 1st, but the sooner you get your request in, the longer you will have your ballot to look it over, research candidates, and vote before you mail it back by November 8th.

For everyone else, there's a link to find out where you need to go vote on November 8th. Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm and if this is your first time voting, you'll need to bring an ID with you. A Pennsylvania driver's license or state ID, passport, student, military, or employee ID all work. As do a recent bank statement, utility bill, or paycheck with your name on it, a firearm permit, or the registration confirmation card you will get in the mail after you register.
You can also go to your county elections office website to get a sample ballot. There's a link to find your county's website below. The sample ballot tells you everything you're gonna be able to vote for this election. You don't have to vote for every single thing on the ballot, but if you want a chance to do some research on the candidates and issues in your local elections, it's a pretty good idea to look at a sample ballot first. You can even print it out, and fill it out, and bring it with you to the polls, so you can be sure to remember how you want to vote. There will be links to everything you need to get registered, to find your polling place, and to get your sample ballot down in the description. Thank you for voting.