First-time Voters: Read this First!

If you’re voting for the first time, be sure you’re prepared once you arrive at the polls. All voters who appear at a polling place for the first time must show an approved form of photo identification.

Approved forms of photo identification (ID must be valid):

  • Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card
  • ID issued by any Commonwealth agency
  • ID issued by the U.S. Government
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. Armed Forces ID
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID

Approved forms of non-photo identification
(ID must include your name and address):

  • Confirmation issued by the County Voter Registration Office
  • Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth
  • Non-photo ID issued by the U.S. Government
  • Firearm permit
  • Current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Current paycheck
  • Government check

All first time absentee ballot voters must send a copy of an acceptable form of identification with your ballot application. Once your identification is on file in the County, you need not send it again.

In Pennsylvania, polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm. The busiest times of day to vote are in the morning and evening. If you can, try going at less busy times. If you have a question, ask a poll worker. If you are in line before or at the time the polls close, you will be allowed to cast your vote.

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