Election Day 2020 in Pennsylvania: When the polls open, what the COVID-19 rules are, who the candidates are, and more

Voters line up at a polling place on Election Day. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

This is it. The commercials have aired. The rally-goers have rallied. And the canvassers have canvassed. Election Day 2020 is just one day away. Here’s what you need to know to cast an informed ballot on Tuesday.

The Basics

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Not sure where your polling place is? Consult your voter registration card or check here.

While the Department of State strongly encourages voters to wear masks, voters who are not wearing masks will not be denied the opportunity to vote. The department also asks voters to practice social distancing at the polls for everyone’s safety and wellbeing.

Mail-in Ballots

The state Supreme Court has told election officials to count ballots they receive up until Nov. 6, as long as they were postmarked by Nov. 3.

However, state officials have urged voters to hand-deliver ballots to ensure they are counted.

Hand-delivered mail-in ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

To find out where the nearest dropbox or election office is in your county, consult our map below.

Want to hand-deliver your ballot in Pa.? Here’s a map of election offices and drop boxes

The Races

In Pennsylvania, the following races are on the ballot:

  • President of the United States
  • Row Offices
  • Auditor General
  • State Treasurer
  • Attorney General
  • U.S. Congress (All 18 of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation)
  • General Assembly (All state House members and half of the state Senate)

To learn more about who is on the ballot for each of these races, check out our voter’s guide.

Pennsylvania General Election 2020: Your guide to the Nov. 3 presidential and statewide elections

Know Before you Vote

Still have questions about voting procedurals and this year’s election? Check out our how to vote guide.

Election 2020: Your guide to voting in Pennsylvania

Still have unanswered questions? Contact your local election office.

Cassie Miller
A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared.