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Register to Vote online

You can register to vote through the Pennsylvania Department of State’s online application. Before you begin, be sure to have your Pennsylvania driver's license or PennDOT ID card handy. If you do not have one, there are other options. Once you submit your online application, it will be forwarded to the appropriate county voter registration office for processing.

To register to vote in Philadelphia, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States for at least one month before the next election.
  • A resident of Philadelphia and your election district for at least 30 days before the next election.
  • At least 18 years of age on or before the day of the next election.

Registration Deadline: Voter Registration Applications must be received by the City Commissioners Office no later than 15 days before the upcoming primary or general election.

October 18, 2021 is the last day to register before the November election.

October 26, 2021 is the last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot. 

November 2, 2021 is the Municipal Election and the last day for the County Board of Elections to receive voted mail-in or civilian absentee ballots (must be received by 8:00 PM). 

November 9, 2021 is the last day for the County Board of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots (submitted for delivery no later than 11:59 PM on November 2nd). 

How to Register

Once you know you are eligible to vote, the next step is to register. In Pennsylvania, you can register in person, by mail, and at various government agencies.

Register to Vote in Person

You can register to vote at the:

Philadelphia County Board of Elections 
Room 142 City Hall 
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215.686.3469
Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

Register to Vote by Mail

You can register to vote by mail in two ways:

1. The City Commissioners and the Philadelphia Voter Registration Office supply Voter Registration Mail Applications to all persons and organizations who request them, including candidates, political parties, political bodies, and other federal, state, and municipal offices.

Voter Registration Applications are also available at:

U.S. Post Offices

Philadelphia Public Libraries

State Liquor Stores

Other State Government Offices

2. Download the Voter Registration Application. Print, complete, sign and deliver in person or mail to:

520 N. Columbus Blvd
5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Register to Vote at PennDOT

You can register to vote at a PA Department of Transportation photo license center when you obtain or update your driver’s license.

Information for people who have been convicted of a felony

Even if you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, or are in pretrial detention, you may be able to vote.

You can register and vote if you:

  • Are a pretrial detainee, confined in a penal institution awaiting trial on charges of a felony or a misdemeanor.
  • Were ever convicted of a misdemeanor.
  • Got released, or will get released, by the date of the next election, from a correctional facility or halfway house. This must be upon completion of the term of incarceration for a conviction of a misdemeanor or felony.
  • Are on probation or released on parole. This includes parolees who are living in a halfway house.
  • Are under house arrest (home confinement). If this is you, you can vote no matter your conviction status or the status of the conditions of confinement.

You are not eligible to register and vote if you:

  • Are currently confined in a penal institution for a conviction of a felony a will not get released from confinement until after the next election. This is even if you are also incarcerated for one or more misdemeanor offenses.
  • Are in a halfway house or other alternative correctional facility, on pre-release status for conviction of a felony, and who will not get released until after the date of the next election.
  • Got convicted of violating any provision of the Pennsylvania Election Code within the last 4 years.

If you are in a penal institution, your residence for voter registration is:

  • The last address where you registered to vote before confinement, or
  • Your last known address before confinement, or
  • A new residence established while confined. For example, if your spouse moves to a new address where you intend to live when you get released.

When registering to vote, you cannot use a penal institution or a halfway house as your residence address where you live. However, you may use these locations as an address to get mail.


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