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Learn How to Vote in Pennsylvania

To register to vote in Pennsylvania you must

  • Be 18 years old by Election Day
  • Be a U.S. citizen for at least one month before the election
  • Have lived in your election district for at least 30 days before Election Day

You need to register NOW if …

  • You have moved
  • You want to change your party affiliation
  • There is a mix-up in your registration and you needed a court order to vote in the last election
  • You have changed your name (e.g. through marriage)
  • You changed your address, yet still live in the same election district

Meanwhile, here is how you can become a registered voter in Pennsylvania:

Option 1: Register to vote in person
(Please note: The deadline for in-person voter registration is 30 days before each primary or election)

  • At your local Elections office
    To find the address of your Elections’ office, go to the Pennsylvania Web site, www.dos.state.pa.us
    If you live in Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Elections Division is Room 609, County Office Building, 542 Forbes Ave. (Ross Street and Forbes Avenue), Pittsburgh, PA 15219, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Telephone: 412-350-4510.
  • Pennsylvania State offices that provide public assistance and services to persons with disabilities
  • Armed Service Recruitment Centers
  • Area agencies on aging
  • Centers for independent living
  • Allegheny County mental health and mental retardation offices
  • Student disability services offices of the State System of Higher Education
  • Offices of Special Education
  • The Allegheny County Marriage License Bureau, first floor, City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh, or
  • PennDot Driver’s License Centers, if you are applying for or renewing your Pennsylvania Driver’s License. Your application for a driver’s license or renewal may also serve as an application for voter registration or an update to your voter registration status.

Option 2: Register by mail and obtain forms from
(Please note: Registration-by-mail forms must be postmarked no later than the voter registration deadline.)

  • All branches of the Carnegie Library and Northland Public Library
  • Many municipal buildings
  • State liquor stores
  • Some branches of the United State Postal Service
  • Many federal, State Senate and State House of Representative district offices
  • Political parties and organizations
  • Many colleges and universities
  • Many Co-Go and Giant Eagle stores

Pennsylvania Department of State Web site www.dos.state.pa.us

Last Update
September 9, 2008
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