What to Know
- Election Day is Tuesday. All voters with mail-in ballots are still able to return them, and multiple options are available and listed below.
- Voting in person will be different this year than in past years. We have rules for going to your polling place, and links to find where your polling place may be.
- Scroll down for your complete guide to registration, voting and everything you need to know about Election Day in all three states.
Planning to vote Nov. 3 – in person or via a dropped-off ballot? Here's what you need to know about voting in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The polls are now open.
Drop Off a Mail-in Ballot
If you haven't dropped off or mailed your ballot yet, don't mail it in – take it to your polling place Tuesday or drop it off at a satellite voting location or drop box.
Here is a map and list of all 170 drop box locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware that will allow you to find the ones closest to you. REMEMBER: You must return a ballot to a drop box or election office within the county of your residence, and drop boxes will be locked up by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Here's a step-by-step guide for properly filling out your ballot so it's counted:
Here's more to know:
- In Pennsylvania, a mailed ballot that is postmarked by Nov. 3 can still be counted even if it arrives to your county election office by Nov. 6 (and yes, as you can probably guess, this means we may not know the official results of the election until after Election Day). But let’s say the mail is slow and your ballot doesn’t arrive until Nov. 7; that means that your vote doesn’t count through no fault of your own. So taking your ballot to the polls or a election location is still a better choice.
- In Philadelphia, if you're heading to a satellite election office for voter services, get there during the hours of 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You can drop off a completed mail-in ballot until 8 p.m. No ballots can be accepted after 8 p.m.
- New Jersey: Mail-in ballots that are postmarked by Nov. 3 will be counted if they are received by 8 p.m. on Nov. 10 by county election offices. Ballots without a postmark that are received within 48 hours of 8 p.m. Nov. 3 will be considered valid.
- Delaware: If you haven't sent in your ballot, take it to the polls. State election officials asked that voters return mail-in ballots a week before Nov. 3 to assure the ballot is counted.
Polling place hours:
- Pennsylvania: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- New Jersey: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Delaware: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
In Pennsylvania, if you have voted previously at the same polling place, you don't need to show identification. If you are voting for the first time at a polling place, you will need to show a form of identification.
One of the following qualifies: Pennsylvania driver's license or PennDOT ID card; ID issued by Pennsylvania or the US government; US passport; US military ID; student ID; employee ID; a confirmation issued by the County Voter Registration Office; non-photo ID issued by Pennsylvania or the US government; firearm permit; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or a government check that includes your name and address.
In New Jersey, if you have voted in the same county before you will not need to show identification. If you are voting for the first time in a county, you will need to show a form of identification. Those include: NJ driver's license, with or without a photo; military or other government ID; student ID; employee ID; store membership card; US passport; or bank statement, car registration, government check or document, rent receipt, sample ballot, utility bill, or any other official document.
In Delaware, you will be asked to confirm your residency and provide a form of identification, which includes Delaware driver's license or state ID, US passport, Social Security Card, polling place card, bank statement, utility bill; or mail addressed to the voter at the address where registered.
In Pennsylvania and New Jersey, a voter who is required to provide identification but cannot is able to fill out a provisional ballot in person.
In Delaware, a voter who cannot provide a form of identification will be asked to sign an affidavit attesting to their residence.
Where do I vote?
Here are the websites that allow you to find out which voting location/polling place has been assigned to you.
- Pennsylvania: CLICK HERE to find your polling place using your address.
- New Jersey: CLICK HERE to find your polling place by county.
- Delaware: CLICK HERE to find your polling place using your address.
What considerations are there for voters with special needs?
All three states have laws protecting voters with special needs and providing them with help at the polling places. Here are some guidelines for those who want help when they arrive at a polling place:
How can I practice COVID-19 safety?
- Keep your distance from others. The CDC recommends at least six feet of distance.
- Wear a mask. Put it on before arriving at the polling location and don't take it off until you leave. Keep your nose and mouth covered, and don't touch your face.
- Wash your hands. Whenever possible, wash your hands, especially after touching surfaces or items that others may have touched. If possible, bring hand sanitizer and use it frequently.
- Don't bring anyone of non-voting age with you to your polling location, and try to go during non-peak hours (polls tend to be busiest first thing in the morning, over lunch hours and after work).
Save this for next election: How do I register to vote?
The voter registration deadlines have now passed for our three states, but everyone should register. Here’s more information about it:
- Delaware -- Here was a link to register online. You could also have registered to vote at one of the state's three county election offices. Here is a link with those locations.
- New Jersey -- Here was a link to register online. You will need your driver's license or social security number. To register by paper, here is a link. All registered voters in the state will receive a mail-in ballot that you can use but don't have to if you prefer to vote in person.
- Pennsylvania -- Here is a link to register, and sign up for a mail-in ballot at the same time if you'd prefer to vote by mail. The deadline to register online is midnight. The deadline to register in person at county election offices may vary by county. In Montgomery County, for example, the election office in Norristown will be open till 7 p.m.
REMINDER: All citizens 18 years and older who are eligible to vote can go to your county election office to register to vote in person. In Pennsylvania, you can call 1.877.VOTESPA for more information.
How can I find out whether I'm registered?
- Pennsylvania: Use this link to look up your voter registration status.
- New Jersey: Use this link to look up your voter registration status.
- Delaware: Use this link to look up your voter registration status. You will need your driver's license number or state ID number.
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