Making Democracy Work

Elections and Voting

Democracy is not a spectator sport.

Your Vote Counts! Who is on the ballot in the next election?
How to find information about candidates.
Where are the candidates debating?
How to register to vote.
...and more

Voter Information

The LWVGP Voter Guide is available here. You can find the same information in a different format at VOTE411, where there may be additional information that was posted after the final date for submitting information for the LWVGP guide.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A photo ID is not required to vote. If you are voting at your polling place for the first time, you must bring an ID (not necessarily with a photo). Acceptable forms of ID are shown here.

If your registration is challenged, you are entitled to a provisional ballot which will be counted if you are later determined to be eligible.

Register to Vote

You can register online or make changes in your registration here. You can also download a hard copy, mail-in registration form to register or make changes in your registration here. Registration deadline for the November, 2016 election was October 11.

Additional information about registering and voting is available at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania website votesPA.

Additional Election Details

For important dates in the election cycle including date to file an absentee ballot, see Pennsylvania Election Calendar.

To apply for an absentee ballot, call the Division of Elections, 412-350-4520, for an Absentee Ballot Application Form or download it here.

For more information about elections in Pennsylvania, see Elections FAQ.

Is There a Better Way to Create Election Districts?

In June 2016 at the LWVUS biennial convention, delegates approved a comprehensive position on redistricting. You can read that position here.

A coalition of many organizations called Fair Districts PA, led by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and Common Cause, is working hard on redistricting reform. You can find information about it here.

A 2015 report on a conference on redistricting reform is posted here. Chris Carson, elected LWVUS president at the 2016 convention, led a panel on overcoming entrenched interests as part of this conference. Chris has been involved in redistricting efforts in California since 2009.

The report includes a brief discussion of project "You Draw the Lines 2021" -- an initiative that you can explore here.