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Qualifications To Vote In PA

Qualifications To Vote In PA

In order to be eligible to register to vote, you must:

  • You must be a citizen of the United States for at least one month.
  • You must be a resident of Pennsylvania and your election district for at least 30 days before the next election.
  • At least 18 years of age on or before the day of the next Primary, Special, Municipal, or General Election.

  • Important Notice - On December 26, 2000, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ordered the removal of the felony conviction prohibition as a qualification for voter registration. When completing the Voter Registration Mail Application (VRMA), a convicted felon who is released from prison may make application to register to vote by striking through the felony conviction line at Section9(2) on the VRMA and signing his or her name.
  • In order to vote in any specific election, you must be registered 15 days prior to that election. If your voter registration form is complete, your registration is effective 10 days after processing by the Department of Elections. If you do NOT receive a Voter Registration Card, contact the Elections Department.
  • If you wish to receive a mail-in ballot or absentee ballot by mail, a written application must be received by the Department of Elections at least seven days before the election. The mail-in or absentee ballot must be returned no later than 8:00 p.m. on election day.
  • You must re-register whenever you move, in order to protect all of your rights as a voter and potential nomination petition signer.

Please remember to include a full residential address and a mailing address, if different, when filling out a Voter Registration Application by mail. We can no longer accept Rural Route addresses or P.O. boxes for voter registration. A house number and street or road name are required. If you get your mail at another address it would need to be provided on your application.

Qualifications for Voters at a Primary

The qualifications for a voter entitled to vote at a primary are the same as a voter entitled to vote at an election, except that he or she must be registered in a political party in order to take part in and vote in that party's primary. However, all registered voters are entitled to vote on questions placed on the ballot or at a special election held concurrently with a Primary.