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Important Information For The Pennsylvania Primary

For Pennsylvanians, Tuesday, May 20th is the state’s Primary Elections. Here’s what you need to know.

The Basics: In Pennsylvania’s Primary Elections, voters choose their party’s nominees to run in the General Election by casting ballots.

Pennsylvania holds closed Primary Elections, meaning you must be a member of the party to vote for that party’s candidate. The candidates that receive the highest number of votes in the Primary Election will be the nominee representing their party on the General Election ballot.

Eligibility: To be eligible to vote in Pennsylvania, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen for at least one month before a general, municipal, special or primary election.
  • A resident of Pennsylvania and the district you would like to vote for at least 30 days before a general, municipal, special or primary election.
  • Finally, you must be at least 18 years old on or before the next general, municipal, special or primary election.

For more on eligibility to vote in Pennsylvania, visit:

For information on registering and confirming your registration in Pennsylvania, visit:

Be Prepared: If you are a First-Time Voter, be sure to check what you will need to bring with you on Elections day. In addition to proper identification, you may also bring a list of candidates that will be on the ballot and a list of key issues or specific proposals that are on the ballot.

Not sure how the voting system works? No problem. provides demos so that you know what to expect before you arrive to vote.

Where to Vote: The easiest way to figure out your polling place is to visit: The Pennsylvania Department of State’s website.

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Important Links:

PA Voter Services:
Absentee Ballot:
Alternative Ballot:
Provisional Ballot:
Pennsylvania Voter Resource Center:

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