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Election Info: Where to go, what to bring, what to expect


Pennsylvania – If you’re planning on voting in person today, make sure you know where to go and what you might need to bring with you.

You will not need to bring your ID with you unless it’s your first time voting in that precinct or if your name or party affiliation have changed.

However, you’ll want to bring some other things with you this year… your mask, your own ball point pen so you don’t need to share a pen to sign the voter book, and be sure to bring your patience and maybe something to keep you occupied in case lines are long.

Voter turnout is expected to be exceptionally high. That paired with social distancing and building capacity limitations could mean that you’ll wait longer than you have in the past. Be sure to thank the volunteers at your polling place.

Check where your polling place is. You can find it on your voter registration card or by typing in your address at VotesPA.com.

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and will remain open until 8 p.m. If you are in line by 8 p.m., you will be allowed to vote, even if your ballot is cast after that.

If you requested a mail-in ballot and have not turned it in, you need to bring it directly to the county elections office. Do not put it in the mail at this point.

If you requested a mail-in ballot but would rather vote in-person instead, you can do that but it will put extra work on elections officials. Be sure to bring your mail-in ballot with you to the polling place. Polling place volunteers will need to call over to the elections office, make sure that you haven’t already voted, and then they will issue you a provisional ballot to use at the polls.

Mail-in ballots cannot start being counted in Pennsylvania until the day of election.

Please expect that we will not know the winners of any races, including the presidential race, the night of the election. It will be at least a few days until all votes are counted.

Every vote matters and every vote counts. We will not be announcing a winner until in-person and mail-in votes have been tallied.

PA Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar’s video conference from Monday, Nov. 2:




When can I vote?

Polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Registered voters who are in line at 8 p.m. will still be allowed to vote.


Where can I vote?

Your polling place depends on where you live. Most polling places are public buildings where large crowds can gather, such as town halls, fire stations, schools, church centers or community centers. To find your exact polling location, visit votespa.com and click on the “Find my polling place” link on the right side of the page.


What do I need to bring?

You do not need your voter registration card, but you will need to have previously registered and be able to know your voting location. If you are voting in an election district for the first time, you will need an approved form of identification, either photo or non-photo. No other voter will be asked to present an ID.

Bring a mask, a ball-point pen to sign the voter book, and a lot of kindness and patience. Lines could be long. Thank your polling place volunteers!


What if I’m voting by mail-in ballot?

Bring your mail-in ballot directly to your county elections office by 8 p.m. Tonight.

What if I requested a mail-in ballot but want to vote in-person at the polling place?

Bring your mail-in ballot and its envelope to your polling place. Your polling place volunteer will call over the the county elections office, verify that you did not already vote, and will provide you with a provisional ballot.


When will we know the results?

No election results are ever finished officially being tabulated the night of the election. However, media sources in previous years would “call” a winner when there were enough votes tallied to make an accurate prediction. In 2020 with an exceptional number of mail-in ballots, it will take longer to reach a point when we can accurately determine a winner. Every vote matters, and every vote counts. Do not expect to know the winners of any races, including the presidential race, for a few days.