How to Vote

General Election Date is November 3rd

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed our every day lives. Your voice is needed now more than ever as we navigate a crisis we’ve never faced and work to make sure our communities aren’t left behind.

Over one million Pennsylvanians voted by mail in the 2020 primary election. Applications for mail-in ballots are now being accepted. Please take the time to apply for a mail-in ballot to vote safely from your home. October 19 is your last day to do so.

We will get through this difficult time together. Now is the time to be vocal and vote your interests.

Vote Early

Philly is opening 17 early voting locations across the city. Here’s where.

Early voting is coming to neighborhoods across Philadelphia.

City elections officials are set to approve a plan next week to open 15 satellite elections offices — 14 are in public schools, one is in the Liacouras Center at Temple University — where voters can request, receive, fill out, and submit a mail ballot in one stop. People can also visit the offices to register to vote, request a mail ballot to take home and submit later, or to drop off a completed mail ballot.

Those 15 temporary satellite offices are in addition to the two permanent elections offices, one in City Hall and one on Columbus Boulevard at Spring Garden Street.

Early Voting

Monday, September 14, 2020 – Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Beginning 50 days before each election, you are now able to go the Board of Elections and vote in-person, regardless of where you live in Philadelphia. That means, for the 2020 General Election, you can begin voting on Monday, September 14th!

For more information, contact city commissioners list below.

Commissioner Lisa M. Deeley, (D)
Chairwoman
City Hall, Room 130
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-686-3460, 3461
Fax: 215-686-3947

Lisa.Deeley@phila.gov

Commissioner Al Schmidt, (R)
Vice-Chair
City Hall, Room 134
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-686-3464, 3467
Fax: 215-686-3472

Al.Schmidt@phila.gov

Commissioner Omar Sabir, (D)
Secretary
City Hall, Room 132
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-686-3462, 3463
Fax: 215-587-9107

Omar.Sabir@phila.gov

Departmental Contact Information

County Board of Elections
City Hall, Room 142
1400 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Phone: 215-686-3469

Voter Registration Office
520 N Columbus Blvd, 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123 

Phone: 215-686-1591

Right-to-Know Request Form

Download here.
Right-to-know contact:
Nick Custodio
City Hall, Room 130
Philadelphia, PA 19107
right-to-know@philadelphiavotes.com
Voting Machine Demo Signup: please complete
the form below and return via email to vote@phila.gov or
fax to 215-686-1599 ATTN: Greg Irving or hand delivery to
City Hall, Room 130 or 520 N. Columbus Blvd, 5th Floor.

Philly is opening 17 early voting locations across the city. Here’s where.

Early voting is coming to neighborhoods across Philadelphia.

City elections officials are set to approve a plan next week to open 15 satellite elections offices — 14 are in public schools, one is in the Liacouras Center at Temple University — where voters can request, receive, fill out, and submit a mail ballot in one stop. People can also visit the offices to register to vote, request a mail ballot to take home and submit later, or to drop off a completed mail ballot.

Those 15 temporary satellite offices are in addition to the two permanent elections offices, one in City Hall and one on Columbus Boulevard at Spring Garden Street.

Election Day Reminders

Polls open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm

If you are in line before the polls close, you are allowed to cast your vote

Request a provisional ballot if your name is not on your polling location's roster

Contact your county election officials if you experience issues at the polls

Mail-In Voting

You may now vote by mail-in ballot. To do so, simply apply for a mail-in ballot by 5:00 PM on the Tuesday before the election. You do not need to provide a reason or excuse if you want to use a mail-in ballot. You can return your voted mail-in ballot by mailing it to the board of elections using the envelope provided, or you can drop it off in person at the board of election’s office. Whichever way you choose, the Board of Elections must receive your voted ballot by 8:00 PM on election day in order for it to be counted.

You may also ask to be placed on a permanent mail-in voter list. If you are on this list, you will have a mail-in ballot application mailed to you by the first Monday in February each year. If you complete and return the application, the county will send you ballots in the mail for all the elections that take place that year.

Registered voters have until Tuesday, October 27 to apply for a mail-in ballot:

💻 Request one online: http://VotesPA.com | ☎️ Call: 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) | 🕐 Track your ballot: votespa.com/MailBallotStatus

Mail-In Voting - General Election 2020

Important Dates to Remember

Oct 19

Last Day to register before the General Election

Oct 27

Last day to apply for a  mail-in or absentee ballot

Nov 3

Last day for County Boards of Elections to  receive voted mail-in and civilian absentee ballots

Nov 3

Election  Day

Voter Registration Deadline

The deadline to register to vote is now 15 days before an election, rather than 30 days. If your voter registration application is denied, the deadlines to appeal the decision have also changed.
Voter Registration Deadline - October 19

No Straight-Party Voting

You no longer have the option to press a single button to vote for all candidates of one party. However, this change does not prevent you from selecting only candidates from one party. It simply removes the shortcut button option. If you want to vote for all candidates of one party, you will have to select each candidate one at a time.

Deadline - Oct 19

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General Election Day - Nov 3