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Time off for voting

Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Pennsylvania state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

2014 Important Events Calendar

EventDate
March 2014 Dates
Filing deadline for primary Ballot accessMarch 11, 2014 -
April 2014 Dates
Last Day to Register to Vote in May 20 Primary ElectionApril 21, 2014 -
May 2014 Dates
Deadline for Civilians to Request an Absentee Ballot for May 20 Primary ElectionMay 13, 2014 -
Deadline for Civilians to Return Absentee Ballots for May 20 Primary ElectionMay 16, 2014
Congressional PrimaryMay 20, 2014
Deadline for Military and Overseas Electors to Return Absentee Ballots for May 20 Primary ElectionMay 27, 2014
August 2014 Dates
Independent Filing deadline for General ElectionAugust 1, 2014 -
October 2014 Dates
Last Day to Register to Vote in November General ElectionOctober 6, 2014 -
Deadline for Civilians to Request an Absentee BallotOctober 28, 2014
Deadline for Civilians to Return Absentee Ballots October 31, 2014 -
November 2014 Dates
November General Election DayNovember 4, 2014
Deadline for Military and Overseas Electors to Return Absentee BallotsNovember 12, 2014
Pennsylvia: Voting at the Polls on Election Day

Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM

    Voters will be asked, but not required, to show an acceptable photo ID on Election Day.

    Photo ID Requested for November 2012 Election

    • Voters will be asked, but not required, to show an acceptable photo ID on Election Day. All photo IDs must contain an expiration date that is current, unless noted otherwise. Voter's names on their photo IDs do not need to exactly match their voter registration, but the names must substantially conform.

    Acceptable IDs include:

    • Photo IDs issued by the U.S. Federal Government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (including the Department of State Voter ID Card)
    • PA Driver's License or Non-driver's License photo ID (IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date)
    • Valid U.S. passport
    • U.S. military ID- active duty and retired military (a military or veteran's ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite). Military dependents' ID must contain an expiration date
    • Employee photo ID issued by Federal, PA, PA County or PA Municipal government
    • Photo ID from an accredited PA public or private institution of higher learning, including colleges, universities, seminaries, community colleges and other two-year colleges
    • Photo ID issued by a PA care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes

    What if you do not have one of these IDs

    • If you do not have one of these IDs, and require one for voting purposes, you may be entitled to get one FREE OF CHARGE at a PennDOT Driver License Center. To find the Driver License Center nearest you, and learn what supporting documentation you will need to get a photo ID visit PennDOT's Voter ID Website or call the Department of State's Voter ID Hotline at 1-877-VotesPA (868-3772).

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