What you need to know about voting today

By: - November 2, 2021 9:19 am

Happy Election Day,  Pennsylvania!

Across the commonwealth, voters will be picking school board members, city councilors, mayors, and local and statewide judges at the polls.

If you still haven’t seen our reporters blasting it out via social media, our voting guide to those statewide judicial races is here.

For those voting in person, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Find your polling place here. Masks are encouraged, but not required in polling places.

If you are voting by mail-in ballot and already mailed it or dropped it off, you are set. If you are voting by mail-in ballot but haven’t dropped it off, you have until 8 p.m. to do so. Find where to bring your mail-in ballot here. The location will vary by county, but it is often at the county courthouse.

If you requested a mail-in ballot but now want to vote in-person, you can do that. Just make sure you bring your ballot and return envelope with you to your polling place, and hand them over to the poll workers. You will then be asked to sign a declaration, and you will vote by a regular ballot.

If you don’t have your mail-in ballot or envelope, you can still vote in-person, just you’ll vote by provisional ballots. The county election board will then verify that you didn’t vote by mail before the provisional ballot is counted.

If you run into any problems, the ACLU has hotlines to report problems. You can contact them at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) for English and 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) for Spanish.

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Stephen Caruso
Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is a former senior reporter with Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Before working with the Capital-Star he covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter.