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Quick facts -- Pennsylvania Voting
  • Same Day Registration :    No
  • Voter Registration deadline :   30 day(s) before election
  • Early Voting :    No   --    Voting By Absentee Ballot :   Yes
  • Voter Id Requirement :   No
  • Electoral Votes:   20
  • U.S Congressional District(s):    18 (Change:+1)

Census Data -- PA

Population Under 1821.70%
Population over 6415.60%
Population between 18 and 6462.70%
Percentage of White79.20%
Percentage of Black11.30%
Percentage of Hispanic5.90%
Percentage of Asian2.90%
Percentage of Native American0.30%
Percentage of Native Hawaiian0.10%
Pecentage below poverty12.40%
Total Fed. Spending$0
Voter Registration Stats
Total Registered: 8,229,118
Republican: 3,028,846
Democratic: 4,091,989
Libertarian: 45,735
Other Parties: 1,062,548
As of: June/2014
Voter Registration In Pennsylvania

In order to vote in any election, you must first be a registered voter. If you are a first-time voter or have recently moved to a different area or changed your name, you may need to register (or re-register) to vote. The registration process in Pennsylvania is quick and easy, and there are a variety of ways you can register.

In Pennsylvania, the deadline to register to vote is 30 days prior to each election. Applications received after that date will be processed for the next primary, special, municipal or general election. In Pennsylvania, you can register in person, by mail and at various government agencies.

To register to vote in the State of Pennsylvania, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must be a US citizen for at least one month before the next primary, special, municipal, or general election.
  • A resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which you want to register and vote for at least 30 days before the next primary, special, municipal, or general election.
  • At least 18 years of age on or before the day of the next primary, special, municipal, or general election.

Voter Registration Deadlines

  • Pennsylvania law provides for permanent voter registration, unless the voter's registration should be cancelled in accordance with law. All electors, except those in the military service of the United States and bedridden or hospitalized war veterans unavoidably absent from their county of residence, must be registered to be eligible to vote.
  • Remember that the deadline for registering is 30 days prior to each election.

Register to Vote in Person

  • You can register to vote at a County Voter Registration Office or other designated sites.

Register to Vote by Mail

  • You can register to vote by mail in two ways:
  • Get a Voter Registration Mail Application form from the state or federal government. The Secretary of the Commonwealth and all county registration commissions supply Voter Registration Mail Applications to all persons and organizations who request them, including candidates, political parties and political bodies and other federal, state and municipal offices.
  • Download the Voter Registration Application. Print, complete, sign and deliver to your County Voter Registration Office by mail or in person.

Register to Vote at PennDOT

  • You can register to vote at a PA Department of Transportation photo license center when you obtain or update your driver's license.

Register to Vote at Government Agencies

  • State offices that provide public assistance and services to persons with disabilities
  • Armed Forces Recruitment Centers
  • County Clerk of Orphans' Court offices, including each Marriage License Bureau
  • Area Agencies on Aging
  • Centers for Independent Living
  • County Mental Health and Mental Retardation offices
  • Student disability services offices of the State System of Higher Education
  • Offices of Special Education
  • DA Complementary Paratransit offices

Election Offices In pennsylvania

Election OfficePhoneAddress
Adams county 717-337-9832 Adams County Courthouse117 Baltimore Street Gettysburg, PA 17325
Allegheny county 412-350-4500 Fax: 412-350-5697 604 County Office Building542 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2953
Armstrong county 724-548-3222 Courthouse ComplexAdministration Building450 East Market Street Kittanning, PA 16201
Beaver county 724-770-4440 Fax: 724-728-9318 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 Beaver County Courthouse810 Third Street Beaver, PA 15009
Bedford county 814-623-4807 200 South Juliana Street Bedford, PA 15522
Berks county 610-478-6490 633 Court Street, 1st Floor Reading, PA 19601
Blair county 814-693-3150 Blair County Courthouse423 Allegheny Street, Suite 047 Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-9978
Bradford county 570-265-1717 6 Court Street, Suite 2 Towanda, PA 18848-1878
Bucks county 215-348-6163 55 East Court Street Doylestown, PA 18901
Butler county 724-284-5308 Post Office Box 1208124 West Diamond Street Butler, PA 16001
Cambria county 814-472-1464 Fax: 814-472-9642 Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-4:00 200 South Center StreetPost Office Box 269 Ebensburg, PA 15931
Cameron county 814-486-2315 Cameron County Courthouse20 East 5th Street Emporium, PA 15834
Carbon county 570-325-4801 Fax: 570-325-3622 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 76 Susquehanna StreetPost Office Box 170 Jim Thorpe, PA 18229
Centre county 814-355-6703 Fax: 814-355-6857 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 420 Holmes Street Bellefonte, PA 16823-1488
Chester county 610-344-6410 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 Government Services Center601 Westtown Road, Suite 150Post Office Box 2747 West Chester, PA 19380-0990
Clarion county 814-226-4000 ext. 2205 330 Main Street, Room 103 Clarion, PA 16214
Clearfield county 814-765-2642 212 East Locust Street Clearfield, PA 16830
Clinton county 570-893-4019 232 East Main Street3rd Floor Garden Building Lock Haven, PA 17745-0928
Columbia county 570-389-5640 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30 Columbia County CourthousePost Office Box 38011 West Main Street Bloomsburg, PA 17815-0380
Crawford county 814-333-7308 Fax: 814-337-0457 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 Crawford County Courthouse903 Diamond Park Meadville, PA 16335
Cumberland county 717-240-6385 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30 310 Allen Road Carlisle, PA 17013
Dauphin county 717-780-6362 Fax: 717-780-6478 2 South Second StreetPost Office Box 1295 Harrisburg, PA 17108-1295
Delaware county 610-891-4673 Fax: 610-891-4814 TDD: 610-891-4306 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 201 West Front StreetGovernment Center Building Media, PA 19063 Phone: 610-891-4659
Elk county 814-776-5337 300 Center StreetPost Office Box 448 Ridgway, PA 15853-0448
Erie county 814-451-6276 TDD: 814-451-7066 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30 Erie County Courthouse140 West 6th Street, Room 112 Erie, PA 16501
Fayette county 724-430-1289 Fax: 724-430-4948 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30 Fayette County Public Service Building22 East Main Street Uniontown, PA 15401-3412
Forest county 814-755-3537 526 Elm Street, Unit # 3 Tionesta, PA 16353
Franklin county 717-261-3886 157 Lincoln Way East Chambersburg, PA 17201
Fulton county 717-485-3691 Fax: 717-485-9411 116 West Market Street McConnelsburg, PA 17233 Phone: 717-485-6872
Greene county 724-852-5304 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 93 East High StreetRoom 102, County Office Building Waynesburg, PA 15370
Huntingdon county 814-643-3091 Fax: 814-643-8152 233 Penn Street - Bailey Building Huntingdon, PA 16652
Indiana county 724-465-3852 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00 825 Philadelphia Street Indiana, PA 15701-3934
Jefferson county 814-849-1653 Fax: 814-849-4084 155 Main Street Brookville, PA 15825-1269
Juniata county 717-436-7706 Fax: 717-436-7756 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30 Juanita County Court HouseBridge StreetPost Office Box 68 Mifflintown, PA 17059
Lackawanna county 570-963-6737 Fax: 570-963-6691 Post Office Box 4524 Scranton, PA 18505-6524
Lancaster county 717-295-3558 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 150 North Queen StreetSuite 117 Lancaster, PA 17603
Lawrence county 724-656-2161 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00 430 Court Street New Castle, PA 16101-3593
Lebanon county 717-274-2801 Fax: 717-274-8094 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30 400 South 8th StreetRoom 209 Municipal Building Lebanon, PA 17042
Lehigh county 610-782-3198 Fax: 610-770-3845 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00 Lehigh County Government Center17 South 7th Street Allentown, PA 18101 Phone: 610-782-3197
Luzerne county 570-825-1715 Fax: 570-820-6399 20 North Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 207 Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-3505
Lycoming county 570-327-2285 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 48 West Third Street Williamsport, PA 17701-0536
Mckean county 814-887-5571 ext. 223 Fax: 814-887-2242 McKean County Courthouse500 West Main Street Smethport, PA 16749 Phone: 814-887-3203
Mercer county 724-662-7542 Fax: 724-662-1530 5 Courthouse Mercer, PA 16137
Mifflin county 717-248-6571 Fax: 717-242-5455 Mifflin County Courthouse20 North Wayne Street Lewistown, PA 17044
Monroe county 570-517-3165 Fax: 570-517-3856 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 Monroe County Administrative OfficesOne Quaker Plaza, Room 105 Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Montgomery county 610-278-3280 Post Office Box 311 Norristown, PA 19404-0311
Montour county 570-271-3000 Fax: 570-271-3088 Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-4:00 Montour County Courthouse29 Mill Street Danville, PA 17821
Northampton county 610-559-3055 Fax: 610-559-3736 Election Office670 Wolf Avenue Easton, PA 18042-7479
Northumberland county 570-988-4209 Fax: 570-988-4306 320 North Second Street, Suite 1 Sunbury, PA 17801
Perry county 717-582-2131 ext. 4110 Fax: 717-582-5162 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00 Veterans Memorial BuildingVoter Registration OfficePost Office Box 37 New Bloomfield, PA 17068
Philadelphia county 215-686-1505 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00 520 North Delaware Avenue, 5th Floor Philadelphia, PA 19123-4295 Phone: 215-686-1591
Pike county 570-296-3426 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 Pike County Administration Building506 Broad Street Milford, PA 18337-1535
Potter county 814-274-8467 Fax: 814-274-7395 Potter County CourthouseOne North Main Street Coudersport, PA 16915
Schuylkill county 570-628-1467 Fax: 570-628-1466 420 North Centre Street Pottsville, PA 17901
Snyder county 570-837-4207 Fax: 570-837-4282 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00 Snyder County Courthouse9 West Market StreetPost Office Box 217 Middleburg, PA 17842
Somerset county 814-445-1549 300 North Center Avenue, Suite 340 Somerset, PA 15501
Sullivan county 570-946-5201 Fax: 570-946-4421 Sullivan County CourthouseMain & Muncy StreetsPost Office Box 157 Laporte, PA 18626-0157
Susquehanna county 570-278-4600 ext. 220 Post Office Box 218105 Maple Street Montrose, PA 18801
Tioga county 570-723-8230 Fax: 570-723-8206 Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-4:30 118 Main Street Wellsboro, PA 16901
Union county 570-524-8682 Fax: 570-524-8627 155 North 15th Street Lewisburg, PA 17837-8822 Phone: 570-524-8603
Venango county 814-432-9514 Fax: 814-432-4741 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 Courthouse Annex1174 Elk StreetPost Office Box 831 Franklin, PA 16323
Warren county 814-728-3406 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 204 4th Avenue Warren, PA 16365
Washington county 724-228-6750 Fax: 724-250-6422 Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-4:30 100 West Beau Street, Suite 206 Washington, PA 15301
Wayne county 570-253-5970 Fax: 570-254-5432 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30 925 Court Street Honesdale, PA 18431 Phone: 570-253-5978
Westmoreland county 724-830-3150 Fax: 724-830-3152 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00 2 North Main Street Greensburg, PA 15601
Wyoming county 570-996-2226 Fax: 570-836-7244 Wyoming County Courthouse1 Courthouse Square Tunkhannock, PA 18657
York county 717-771-9604 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:0-0-4:30 Administrative Center28 East Market Street York, PA 17401
Voting By Absentee Ballot In Pennsylvania

What I need to know about voting by Absentee Ballot due to the Voter ID Law

    Who may apply to vote absentee?

    • An individual who is or may be in the military service of the United States, regardless of whether at the time of voting the person is present in the election district of residence or in the Commonwealth and regardless of whether the elector is registered to vote.
    • A spouse or dependent residing with or accompanying a person in the military service of the United States and who expects on Election Day to be absent from his/her municipality of residence during the entire period in which the polling places are open for voting (7 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
    • A member of the Merchant Marine, and his/her spouse and dependents residing with or accompanying the Merchant Marine, who expect on Election Day to be absent from the Commonwealth or the municipality of residence during the entire period in which the polling places are open for voting (7 a.m. to 8 p.m).
    • A member of a religious or welfare group attached to and serving with the armed forces, and their spouse and dependents residing with or accompanying him or her, who expect on Election Day to be absent from the Commonwealth or the municipality of residence during the entire period in which the polling places are open for voting (7 a.m. to 8 p.m).
    • An individual who, because of the elector's duties, occupation or business (including leaves of absence for teaching, vacations, and sabbatical leaves), expects on Election Day to be absent from his/her municipality of residence during the entire period the polls are open for voting, and the spouse and dependents of such electors who are residing with or accompanying the elector and for that reason also expect to be absent from his/her municipality during the entire period the polls are open for voting (7 a.m. to 8 p.m).
    • A qualified war veteran elector who is bedridden or hospitalized due to illness or physical disability if the elector is absent from the municipality of his residence and unable to attend his/her polling place because of such illness or disability, regardless of whether the elector is registered to vote.
    • A person who, because of illness or physical disability, is unable to attend his/her polling place or to operate a voting machine and obtain assistance by distinct and audible statements. (Note: A disabled elector may be placed on a permanently disabled absentee file).
    • A spouse or dependent accompanying a person employed by the Commonwealth or the Federal Government, in the event that the employee's duties, occupation or business on Election Day require him/her to be absent from the Commonwealth or the municipality of residence during the entire period the polls are open for voting (7 a.m. to 8 p.m).
    • A county employee who expects that his Election Day duties relating to the conduct of the election will prevent the employee from voting.
    • A person who will not attend a polling place on Election Day because of the observance of a religious holiday.

    College Student Voting In Pennsylvania

    Students can establish residency in Pennsylvania if they have a present intention to remain at their Pennsylvania school address for the time being, and they intend to make it their principal home.Students attending school in Pennsylvania may register and vote at their school address, and Pennsylvania law gives students the explicit right to register to vote in the district where they live while attending college.

    If you lived in Pennsylvania before moving elsewhere to attend school, and wish to cast a vote in Pennsylvania, you should have no problem doing so unless you register to vote in another state. Like most states, Pennsylvania allows students to keep their voting residency even if they move out of the district to attend school, and the only way you will lose this residency is by establishing residency in a new state.

    Mover's Guide: Pennsylvania

    Under federal law, if you move within 30 days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.

    If you moved to Pennsylvania from another state, you must register to vote in Pennsylvania to be able to vote.The last day to register in time to vote in the next election is thirty days before the election. If you moved from out of state, you are eligible to register if you have been a citizen of the United States for at least one month and if you have been a resident of Pennsylvania and of the election district in which you want to vote for the thirty days prior to the day of the election.

    If you moved to a new address that is covered by the same polling place as your old address, you can vote at that polling place after confirming your new address at the polling place. This is true regardless of how close to the election you moved.

    If you moved to a new address within the same county but with a different polling place, you can vote at the polling place associated with your old address after confirming your new address in writing.

    If you moved to a new address that is in a different county, you can vote at the polling place associated with your old address after confirming your new address in writing.

    Pennsylvania Political Parties

    • America First Party of Pennsylvania
    • Post Office Box 527 Ridgway, PA 15853 Phone: 814-342-8320 Phone: 814-634-8472
      E-mail: afp_penn@yahoo.com
      Website: http://www.americafirstparty.org/contacts/pa.shtml
    • Communist Party of Eastern Pennsylvania
    • 4515 Baltimore Ave Philadelphia, PA 19143 Phone: 215-222-8895 Fax: 215-222-8895
      E-mail: cpepa@snip.net
      Website: http://epa.cpusa.org/
    • Constitution Party of Pennsylvania
    • Post Office Box 1766 Lancaster, PA 17608-1766 Phone: 717-299-6285
      E-mail: Webmaster@Constitutional.Net
      Website: http://www.constitutional.net/
    • Green Party of Pennsylvania
    • Post Office Box 11962 Harrisburg, PA 17108-1962 Phone: 800-721-4733
      E-mail: cjromanelli@gmail.com
      Website: http://www.gpofpa.org/
    • Independent American Party of Pennsylvania
    • 215 North Van Buren Avenue Scranton, PA 18504
      E-mail: selfgovernment@gmail.com
      Website: http://www.selfgovernment.us/
    • Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania
    • 3915 Union Deposit Road, #223 Harrisburg, PA 17109 Phone: 800-774-4487
      E-mail: chair@lppa.org
      Website: http://www.lppa.org/
    • Pennsylvania Democratic Party
    • 300 North Second Street, 8th Floor Harrisburg, PA 17101 Phone: 717-920-8470 Fax: 717-901-7829
      E-mail: info@padems.com
      Website: http://www.padems.com/
    • Pennsylvania Labor Party
    • Post Office Box 53177 Washington, DC 20009 Phone: 202-234-5190 Fax: 202-234-5266
      E-mail: info@thelaborparty.org
      Website: http://www.thelaborparty.org/
    • Pennsylvania Patriot Party

    • E-mail: rags1336@yahoo.com
      Website: http://www.pacificwestcom.com/stateparties/PENNSYLVANIA/pennsylvania.html
    • Pennsylvania Reform Party
    • 72 Fernwood Avenue Bartonsville, PA 18321 Phone: 570-629-8766
      E-mail: secretary@reformpa.net
      Website: http://www.reformpa.net/
    • Republican Party of Pennsylvania
    • 112 State Street Harrisburg, PA 17101 Phone: 717-234-4901 Fax: 717-231-3828
      E-mail: info@pagop.org
      Website: http://www.pagop.org/
    • Workers World Party
    • Post Office Box 34249 Philadelphia, PA 19101 Phone: 610-931-2615
      E-mail: phila@workers.org
      Website: http://www.workers.org/
    State Congress

    Recent Pennsylvania Key Votes :

    Bill Passed in State Congress

    • Senate
    • Passage With Amendment -- Amends Firearm Laws (HB 80)
    • Passage -- Amends Health Insurance Navigator Laws (SB 1268)
    • Passage -- Authorizes Medical Marijuana (SB 1182)
    • Concurrence Vote -- Authorizes Cigarette and Hotel Taxes (HB 1177)
    • Concurrence Vote With Amendment -- Authorizes Cigarette and Hotel Taxes (HB 1177)
    • Passage With Amendment -- Authorizes Cigarette and Hotel Taxes (HB 1177)
    • Concurrence Vote -- Amends Public Welfare Code (HB 1075)
    • Passage With Amendment -- Amends Public Welfare Code (HB 1075)
    • Concurrence Vote -- Amends the Definition of "Wild Animal" (SB 644)
    • Passage -- Amends the Definition of "Wild Animal" (SB 644)
    • Passage -- Prohibits Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Exchanges (HB 818)
    • Concurrence Vote -- Repeals Mandatory Life Sentences for Certain Juvenile Offenders (SB 850)
    • House
    • Concurrence Vote -- Amends Firearm Laws (HB 80)
    • Passage -- Amends Firearm Laws (HB 80)
    • Passage -- Authorizes Legal Action Against Localites With Firearm Laws (HB 1243)
    • Concurrence Vote With Amendment -- Authorizes Cigarette and Hotel Taxes (HB 1177)
    • Passage -- Authorizes Cigarette and Hotel Taxes (HB 1177)
    • Passage -- Amends Laws for Home-Schooled Individuals (HB 1013)
    • Passage -- Requires a School Board to Provide Public Notice Prior to Certain Votes (HB 1741)
    • Passage -- Requires Schools To Make Their Expenses Public (HB 1411)
    • Passage -- Reduces Size of General Assembly (HB 1234)
    • Concurrence Vote With Amendment -- Amends Public Welfare Code (HB 1075)
    • Passage -- Amends Public Welfare Code (HB 1075)
    • Passage With Amendment -- Amends the Definition of "Wild Animal" (SB 644)
    • Passage -- Reduces Corporate Tax Rates (HB 440)
    • Passage -- Prohibits Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Exchanges (HB 818)
    • Passage -- Requires the State to Privatize Alcohol Sales (HB 790)
    • Concurrence Vote -- Authorizes Employers to Keep Income Taxes Paid by their Employees (HB 2626)
    • Concurrence Vote -- Reduces the Offense of "Sexting" for Minors (HB 815)

    Bill Failed in State Congress

    • Senate
    • House
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    • Date of Statehood: December 12, 1787
    • Population 1800: 602,365
    • Population 1860: 2,311,786
    • Population 1900: 6,302,115
    • Population 1950: 10,498,012
    Capital Harrisburg
    Largest City Philadelphia
    Second Largest City Pittsburgh
    Persons per square mile 274

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    • Flower: Mountain Laurel
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