Qualifications for Voter Registration
In order to be eligible to register to vote, you must:
Be a citizen of the United States for at least one month before the next election Be a resident of Pennsylvania and your election district for at least 30 days before the next election Be at least 18 years of age on the day of the next election...If you are currently registered to vote, you do not have to re-register unless you have moved, or wish to change your name or political party affiliation.
Qualifications for Voters at a Primary
The qualifications for a voter entitled to vote at a primary are the same as a voter entitled to vote at an election, except that he or she must be registered in a political party (Republican or Democrat) in order to take part in and vote in that party's primary. However, all registered voters are entitled to vote on questions placed on the ballot or at a special election held concurrently with a Primary.
Absentee Voting and Emergency Absentee Ballots
Any qualified registered elector who will be absent from their municipality or unable to vote due to an illness or physical disability is entitled to vote by absentee ballot. Applications may be obtained 50 days prior to any election, but not later than 7 days
before the election from the Elections/Voter Registration office.
Emergency Absentee Ballot
If you need an emergency absentee ballot and the emergency was not or could not be known to you on or before 5:00pm on Friday, November 1, 2019 prior to the election and if you cannot wait until Monday morning, please contact the Director of Elections at 717-752-0050.
Voter Registration Deadlines
In accordance with the Pennsylvania Voter Registration Act, the deadline for voter registration is 30 days prior to each election, with the following exceptions:
Mail applications postmarked no later than the deadline to register must be processed. If the postmark is illegible, applications must be processed when received no later than five days after the deadline. If the application is submitted from the Department of Transportation or agencies designated for registration before the deadline to register prior to the election, the proper voter registration commission must process the application. Voter registration reopens the day following any primary or election.
What to Expect at the Polls
When going to the polls to vote, do not wear any campaign material that is exposed. You will be asked to remove it. Do not discuss any political subjects inside the polling place. When entering the polls, the Election Officials at the table may ask your name, address, and possibly your birth date. In the Primaries you may also be asked your party affiliation. After determining you are eligible to vote, you will be asked to sign your name in the poll book. When doing this, check your address listed. If it is incorrect tell the Official, who will give you a Change of Address Form. After signing your name, you will be given a Ballot and a secrecy sleeve. Before entering the voting booth, if you are unsure of the instructions, ask one of the Election Officials for clarification. To begin voting, slide your ballot out of the sleeve and mark your ballot with the pen provided. If you make a mistake, notify the Election Official and you will be given another ballot. When you have completed voting, place your ballot back in the sleeve and take your ballot to the precinct scanner. Remove the numbered stub from your ballot and deposit it in the precinct scanner. PLEASE NOTE: Once you have placed your ballot in the precinct scanner, your vote has been cast and you cannot be issued another ballot.
When are Election Held
General Elections are held in even-numbered years, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November Municipal Elections are held in odd-numbered years, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November The Primary Election in each even-numbered year is called the General Primary and is held on the third Tuesday in May, except in Presidential years when it is held on the fourth Tuesday in April The Primary Election in each odd-numbered year is called the Municipal Primary and is held on the third Tuesday in May Justices of the Supreme Court, Judges of Superior and Commonwealth Courts, Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, District Judges in Magisterial Districts, constables and all county municipal, school district and election district officers are elected only at a Municipal Election Electors for President and Vice-President, United States Senators, Representatives in Congress, Governor and Lt. Governor, Auditor General, State Treasurer, Attorney General and Senators and Representatives in the General Assembly are elected only at a General Election. The polls are open at all primaries and elections between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., prevailing time.