Happy Election Day, Pennsylvania. Here’s your primary users’ guide

By: - May 17, 2022 7:32 am

Happy Election Day, Pennsylvania.

U.S. Senate, governor, lieutenant governor, and legislative races are on the ballot. And because the commonwealth is a closed primary state, only registered Democrats and Republicans can participate as candidates vie for their party’s nomination ahead of the November general election.

With hard deadlines on casting your ballot, make sure you have a plan before heading to the polls or returning a mail-in or absentee ballot.

The Capital-Star will update its live blog with information from campaigns, voters, and election officials. See something interesting while you’re out and about today? Have a question about something at the polls? Send it our way at [email protected] or Tweet at us @PennCapitalStar.

Am I registered to vote?

You can check your voter registration here

When can I vote?

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Pennsylvania. As long as you’re in line before 8 p.m., you can still cast your ballot.

Not sure where your voting precinct is? Find out here.

If you’re casting your vote by absentee or mail-in ballot, your county elections office must receive them by 8 p.m. A postmark will not count. So if you haven’t returned your ballot already, you should drop it off directly at your county elections office.

How do I return my mail-in ballot?

Mail-in ballots come with two envelopes, an inner secrecy envelope and another for mailing. “Naked ballots” — a ballot without the secrecy envelope will not count. So make sure yours is inside the sealed secrecy envelope and then inside the outer envelope before returning it.

In Pennsylvania, individuals must return their own mail-in and absentee ballots.

Does my county use drop boxes?

Not every county in Pennsylvania uses ballot drop boxes to collect mail-in ballots. Find out whether yours does here.

Where to find minute-to-minute results in Pennsylvania’s primary election

Once polls close at 8 p.m., the Pennsylvania Department of State will start posting unofficial results on its website.

Because Pennsylvania does not allow counties to pre-canvass mail-in and absentee ballots before 7 a.m. on Election Day, it’s going to take some time for elections officials to count votes.

As of Monday, more than 805,000 Pennsylvania voters requested a mail-in ballot, and more than 103,000 requested an absentee ballot ahead of the primary election, according to the Department of State.

Is there anything else I should know?

Review candidates for U.S. Senate, lieutenant governor, and governor, and check back here for continuous updates on Election Day.

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