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COVID-19 Voting Update: Although not every voter qualifies for an absentee ballot, all voters do qualify for a mail-in ballot. The state will now provide prepaid return postage for all mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election. All mail-in ballots must be submitted in an unmarked "secrecy" envelope inside a mailing envelope. Ballots must be postmarked by November 3 or have no proof that they were sent after Election Day. Ballots must be received by November 6 at 5 p.m.

[updated September 25, 2020]


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Hello Pennsylvania!

If you want to vote, first you have to make sure that you’re registered. If you’re not sure whether you’re registered there is a link in the description where you can check right now.

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 just rather 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 19th if you want to vote in the November general election.

Once you’re registered, you get to vote. For the first time this election, any registered Pennsylvania voter can vote by mail, no matter whether you’ll be at home on election day or not. Just head to the link in the description to fill out the form to request a mail ballot, and send it in before October 27th.

Then you’ll get your ballot in the mail, fill it out at your own pace, and mail it back in before November 3rd. If you don’t vote by mail, you’re going to be voting in person on November 3rd. There’s a link to find out where you need to go to vote in the description.

Polls are open from 7am to 8pm. If this is your first time voting in Pennsylvania, 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 does a recent bank statement, utility bill, or paycheck with your name on it, a firearm permit, or the registration confirmation card that you’ll get in the mail when you register to vote. You can also go to the same site you used to look up your polling place to get a sample ballot. Your sample ballot tells you everything that you’ll be able to vote for in this year’s election.

You don’t have to vote for everything on the ballot for it to count, but if you want a chance to do some research on the candidates in your local elections, it’s a pretty good idea to look at a sample ballot first. You can even fill it out and bring it to the polls with you, so that you can be sure you remember how you want to vote. Before you go, the best thing to do if you want to vote this year is to make a plan to vote right now—from what day you’re going to register to whether you are going to vote in person or by mail.

What kind of ID you’re going to use if you need one, and where it is, even what time you’re gonna vote and how you’re gonna get there. Write it down, put it in your notes app, text it to a friend, just make a plan so that nothing unexpected stops you from being counted on November 3rd. There will be links in the description for everything you need to get registered and find your polling location.

Thank you for being a voter. How To Vote in Every State is produced by Complexly in partnership with The MediaWise Voter Project, which is led by The Poynter Institute and supported by Facebook.