In preparation for Pennsylvania’s presidential primary election on June 2, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar reminds Pennsylvanians they can find comprehensive voting information at votesPA.com
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Registered Democratic and Republican voters will elect their parties’ nominees for: President; U.S. Representative; State Attorney General, Auditor General and Treasurer; State Representative; State Senator in odd-numbered districts; and Delegate and Alternate Delegate to National Convention (Democratic and Republican).
“The VotesPA site is a one-stop shop for Pennsylvania voters. They can verify their registration, find out where to vote and even watch a video of how to cast a ballot on their county’s voting system,” Boockvar said. “We encourage all eligible voters to be fully informed about their rights and what they can expect at the polling place.”
Because Pennsylvania has a closed primary, only voters registered as Democrats or Republicans can vote for the party nominees. However, every registered voter may vote on any referendum or question on the ballot. This year’s primary election does not include any statewide referenda or questions, but there are some local referenda. Check with county election offices regarding local ballot questions.
Pennsylvanians voting by mail-in or absentee ballot should return their voted ballot as soon as possible, either by mailing it or delivering it in person to their county election office. Check votespa.com/county
to find out ballot drop-off locations and hours for your county. The deadline for county election offices to receive mail-in ballots is 8 p.m. on June 2. Postmarks do not count.
For Pennsylvanians voting in person, polling places will be open in all counties, including those designated in the red phase of the COVID-19 emergency, although some polling places may be consolidated. Voters should check with their county election office or visit the department’s polling place locator to verify their voting location.
Voters appearing at a polling place for the first time will need to show proper identification, which may be either photo or non-photo ID. There is no identification requirement for voters returning to vote at a polling place for the second or subsequent election.
A voter is also entitled to have assistance at the voting booth if he or she is unable to enter the booth or use the balloting system.