Elections can be Confusing...
The Pennridge Dems are Here To Help!
Here are the Basics...
The first thing to know is...
there are two elections* EVERY YEAR .
A Primary in Spring (April or May)
A General Election in Fall (November)
You should vote in BOTH every year. (Here's why)
*Rarely, there are also Special Elections.
The next thing to know is...
You MUST REGISTER in PA to vote.
This is so that the state knows you are a resident of Pennsylvania. While registering, you can affiliate with a party (like Democrat, Republican or other) or remain unaffiliated (Independent).
Independents cannot participate in Primary elections in Pennsylvania.
Minor parties very rarely participate in primary elections.
What are mail ballots?
In Pennsylvania, you now have two options for mail ballots. You may either choose a mail-in ballot or an absentee ballot to request, complete, and return to your county election office.
Mail-in ballot – Any qualified voter may apply for a mail-in ballot. You may simply request this ballot without a reason.
Absentee ballot – If you plan to be out of the municipality on election day or if you have a disability or illness, you should request this ballot type, which still requires you to list a reason for your ballot.
In order to request either ballot type, you must be registered to vote. Please visit Check Your Registration Status to review your registration information
If you need help getting or understanding how to fill out an absentee ballot, contact your committee person and we will make sure you get the help you need!
Voting by Mail-in Ballot
Deadlines for the November 3
5 pm October 27- APPLICATIONS must be RECEIVED by your county election office
8 pm November 3 - VOTED BALLOTS must be RECEIVED by your county election office - postmarks are not enough
Applications and ballots may be delivered to your county election office by the deadline.
Contact your county election office for their hours of operation.