Voting Guide

Voter Registration Deadline: 15 days before Election Day.


  • Primary Election registration deadline: May 2

  • Primary Election: May 17

  • General Election registration deadline: October 24

  • General Election: November 8

Students have a decision about where to register to vote.

You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

Pennsylvania’s voter registration form asks for your Pennsylvania driver’s license or state ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

Pennsylvania does not require voters to present an ID to vote.

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/PollingPlaceInfo.aspx

By Mail/Absentee Ballot

All Pennsylvania voters can vote by mail.

Voters with a Pennsylvania drive's license or ID may request a mail ballot online at: https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/OnlineAbsenteeApplication/#/OnlineAbsenteeBegin

An application for printing and returing by mail or in person is available at: https://www.votespa.com/Register-to-Vote/Documents/PADOS_MailInApplication.pdf

To request a mail ballot, you must provide your driver's license number, state-issued ID number, the last 4 digits of your Social Security number, or a photocopy of a current ID that shows your name, photograph, and an expiration date. For more information, visit: https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Mail-and-Absentee-Ballot.aspx.

Ballots must be received by your county election office before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Requests for a mail-in ballot must be received by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before Election Day.

Absentee Voting

The state will continue to offer absentee voting alongside mail-in voting. Absentee voting requires an excuse, while mail-in voting does not, but any registered Pennsylvania voters may cast a mail-in ballot (see above). Request and return deadlines are the same for the mail-in ballots.

Early Voting

Any registered voter may request and cast a mail-in or absentee ballot in person at their county election board or another designated location. For early voting locations and hours, please contact your county election board.

Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you have the right to vote.

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

Federal Financial Aid

Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA.

Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes.

Tuition Status

Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community.


Will registering to vote in Pennsylvania affect my driver’s license or car registration?

All new PA residents who own out-of-state driver’s licenses must exchange them for Pennsylvania ones within 60 days of declaring Pennsylvania residency, regardless of voter registration status.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.
Last updated March 2019