Voting Basics

  • Are you registered to vote? Anyone wishing to cast a vote in an election must be a registered voter. The deadline to register is 15 days prior to an election.
  • Interested in Mail-in Voting? In 2020, Pennsylvania created the option to vote by mail without needing an excuse.  Voters can request and submit their ballot up to 50 days prior to an election. More information is available here
  • Wondering if you can still vote in person if you have already requested a mail-in ballot? If you bring your ballot & both envelopes, the Judge of Elections will void your MIB and you will be allowed to vote using the machine at your polling place. If you do not have your MIB with both envelopes, you can still vote in person using a provisional ballot. These ballots will be reviewed by the Board of Elections within a week of Election Day. If your MIB had not been returned by you and there are no other issues prohibiting you from voting, your provisional ballot will be counted.
  • Confused about voting in a primary election? Pennsylvania is a closed primary state. This means that voters must be officially affiliated with a party in order to vote in that party’s primary. This largely affects Independent voters, and those registered as unaffiliated or “other”.
  • More questions? Comprehensive, up-to-date information about voting in Pennsylvania can be found on the state’s website votespa.com or you can contact the Bucks County Board of Elections at 215-348-6154.
  • Voter Protection Hotline: 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772)

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