General Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022, and we've put together a guide with everything you need to know before you head to the polls.
Despite a court challenge, mail-in voting remains in use in Pennsylvania for the second straight election cycle.
This year, the race for Pennsylvania's governor and U.S. Senate seats represent the most hotly contested races in the commonwealth. However, voters will also be selecting candidates for seats in the state Senate, the state House of Representatives, and more.
Voting in Pennsylvania in 2022: Voting FAQs
How do I register to vote?
To register to vote, you can visit Votes PA's website here.
To complete the process, you must fill out a voter registration form. Once complete, the county voter registration office reviews the form.
If your registration is accepted, you will receive a voter registration card in the mail. That card will show your name, address, party affiliation and the address of where you will vote.
There are four ways you can register to vote or update your registration:
The deadline to register to vote was Oct. 24.
How do I cast my vote?
In Pennsylvania, you can vote in person at your assigned polling location, by absentee ballot or mail-in ballot.
Requests for an absentee or mail-in ballot had to be received by the local elections office by Nov. 1.
Your completed ballot must be in the elections office by 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 8, and postmarks on that date do not count.
When can I vote?
Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 17, and mail-in ballots are expected to be mailed out soon.
Mail-in ballots can be returned via U.S. mail or dropped off at the local county elections office.
How do I apply for a mail-in ballot? When is the deadline to apply?
Applying for a mail-in or absentee ballot is easy to do online. Registered voters can apply on VotesPA.com. If you provide an email address, you can receive real time updates on your application and track when your ballot is expected to arrive.
The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot in Pennsylvania was November 1. However, the U.S. Postal Service recommends voters do not wait that long to apply in order to ensure their ballot arrives on election day.
How do I vote by mail?
In Pennsylvania, mail-in ballots are due by November 8 which means ballots should be sent in the mail no later than November 2.
If you receive a mail-in ballot, but decide you want to vote in person, you must bring your unmarked ballot and envelope to your polling place. Without them, you can only vote in-person by provisional ballot.
You can also bring your mail-in ballot to your county election office at any time, as long as it is before 8:00 pm on Nov. 8.
For more information, you can visit the Pennsylvania Department of State’s website.
Where can I vote on November 8?
On Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters wishing to vote will have the option to do so in person or by mail.
Voters can find their polling location at the Department of State's website here.
Do I need photo ID to vote?
The first time you vote at an in-person polling location, you MUST bring a photo or non-photo ID.
Options include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card
- ID issued by any Commonwealth agency
- ID issued by the U.S. Government
- U.S. passport
- U.S. Armed Forces ID
- Student ID
- Employee ID
- Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth
- Non-photo ID issued by the U.S. Government
- Firearm permit
- Current utility bill
- Current bank statement
- Current paycheck
- Government check
If I haven't turned in my absentee ballot yet, can I drop it off on Election Day?
Yes! You can drop your absentee ballot off on Election Day, but it must be received by your county election office by Nov. 8 at 8:00 p.m.
Postmarks will not be enough for the ballot to be counted.
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Can I register to vote on Election Day?
The simple answer is no.
Pennsylvania does not provide for same-day voting at the present time. If you have not previously registered, you will not be able to vote in the November 8 general election.
Voting in Pennsylvania in 2022: Important Dates for 2022 Election Cycle
Know Your Rights: Some tips regarding voter rights in Pennsylvania
- Only first-time voters, or those voting for the first time in a new precinct, must show ID. Acceptable ID includes both photo and non-photo ID. Registered first-time voters who do not bring ID to the polls can return with identification or must be offered a provisional ballot.
- Voters who applied for and received a mail ballot and then decide they want to vote at the polls must bring their mail ballot packet with them to be voided.
- If a voter applied for a mail ballot but did not return it and no longer has the mail ballot and envelopes, they may vote by provisional ballot at their polling place on Election Day. Their county board of elections will then verify that they did not vote by mail before counting their provisional ballot.
- If a voter applied for a mail ballot but never received it, they should vote by provisional ballot at the polls on Election Day. Their county board of elections will then verify that they did not vote by mail before counting their provisional ballot.
- If a voter’s name is not in the poll book, poll workers can call the County Board of Elections to see if the voter is registered in another precinct in the county. Registered voters who are in the wrong precinct polling place should go to the correct polling place to vote, but a voter who believes he or she is registered in the precinct and should be listed in the poll book is entitled to cast a provisional ballot.
- Voters who moved within Pennsylvania but did not update their address in time before the election may vote one more time in their previous precinct, but they must update their address at the polling place.
- If 50 percent or more of the voting machines at a polling place are not working, voters have the right to use an emergency paper ballot. Poll workers should immediately offer the ballots but, if they do not, voters should request one rather than leave without voting.
- If a voter is challenged on the basis of identity or residency, the voter may vote normally by signing a challenge affidavit and producing a witness who is also a registered voter in the precinct to vouch for them. If the voter cannot or does not want to produce a witness, the voter may cast a provisional ballot. Identity and residency are the only bases for challenging a voter at a polling place.
- Voters have the right to assistance at the polling place, including foreign language or literacy assistance. A voter may select any person to assist as long as the person is not their employer, union representative or the Judge of Elections. Voters do not need to be designated as “assistance permitted” in the poll book to receive help. A person who wants assistance will be asked to sign an Assistance Declaration at the precinct, unless the poll book already indicates “assistance permitted.”
- Voters have the right to refuse assistance.
- Voters have the right to vote without being subjected to intimidation, harassment, or discriminatory conduct. A voter who experiences intimidation should report it to their county board of elections and the district attorney’s office. Voters can also call the Department of State’s year-round voter hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772).
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When and How Will the Votes be Counted?
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman explains how counting will work for the Nov. 8 general election and why, under current election law, unofficial results will be available within a few days of the election.
Important Dates For the 2022 Election Cycle
The Pennsylvania Department of State has released dates for events related to this year's elections. Here is a list of critical dates associated with Pennsylvania's 2022 election cycle:
- October 24, 2022 - Last Day to Register to vote before November 8 primary election
- November 11, 2022 - Last day to apply for mail-in or civilian absentee ballot
- November 8, 2022 - 2022 General Election (Polls open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
- November 9, 2022 - First day to Register after General Election
- November 15, 2022 - Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots
Voting in Pennsylvania in 2022: Candidates up for election on Nov. 8
State executive office
Ronald Johnson (Constitution Party)
Richard Weiss (G)
Daniel Wassmer (Keystone Party of Pennsylvania)
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Judy Ward (R)
Jim Massey (D)
Katie Muth (D)
Jessica Florio (R)
Chris Gebhard (R)
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Mindy Fee (R)
Brett Miller (R)
Favyan Asia (Libertarian Party)
Keith Grenier (R)
Joe D'Orsie (R)
David Rowe (R)
Perry Stambaugh (R)
Kristal Markle (D)
Sheryl Delozier (R)
Marty Qually (D)
Dan Moul (R)
Neil Belliveau (Libertarian Party)
Dan Almoney (D)
Chris Rodkey (D)
Kristine Cousler-Womack (Keystone Part of Pa.)
Wendy Fink (R)
April Weaver (R)
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Joshua Gerbert (Libertarian)
Mark Temons (D)
Anne Weston (R)
John Schlegel (R)
Cavi Miller (D)
Heather MacDonald (D)
Jennie Jenkins-Dallas (R)
Dave Madsen (D)
David Kocur (Keystone Party of Pa.)
Justin Fleming (D)
Therese Kenley (R)
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Need more information?
Text keyword VOTE to (717) 843-0043 or visit VotesPA.org.