This page contains important information about how to vote — by mail or in-person. 

We have less than 3 weeks until the election and we know that to flip the White House and the PA State Legislature, we all need to vote. Things are a little different this year (that’s putting it mildly!) and there is important information you need to know before voting!

As always, you can show up in-person on election day to vote, but this year, Pennsylvania has instituted mail-in voting. Many of us voted by mail in the primary, but for some, it is the first time and we want to make sure everyone is clear on how and where to vote this year.

The Basics

  • When is Election Day? Tuesday November 3, 2020
  • When can I vote in-person on November 3rd? 7:00am to 8:00pm
  • Where can I vote in-person on November 3rd? Find your polling place here
  • Am I registered to vote? Click here to see your registration status
  • If I’m not registered, can I register? The deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania was Oct 19th at 11:59pm, meaning PA residents can no longer register or update their registration for the General Election (Nov. 3rd).


If you plan to vote using a mail-in ballot and have NOT registered to receive one, the deadline to apply for mail-in or absentee ballot was October 27th at 5:00pm. You can no longer apply for a mail-in ballot at this time. You can still vote at your polling place in person!

If you think you are supposed to receive a ballot in the mail and it has not arrived yet, please CALL: 717-299-8293 or go to the Board of Election (150 N. Queen St., Lancaster PA, 17603) and request a replacement ballot!

DO NOT MAIL YOUR BALLOT! Your ballot will not be received in time. The best option is to drop it off downtown

Be sure to place your ballot in the secrecy envelope or it will not be considered valid!

If you requested a mail-in ballot but now wish to vote in-person on Election Day (Nov 3rd), you must bring your ballot with the envelopes to your polling place on Election Day and surrender it to the judge of elections. Then you will be able to vote at your polling place! Not sure where to go to vote? Find your polling place here.

NOTE: Several polling places have changed for the General Election: See the list here.

We recommend that if you are able, take your ballot to 150 N Queen Street, Lancaster, PA (Lancaster County Government Center) and drop off your ballot in the black drop box located just inside the door on the Chestnut Street side. NO ONE ELSE CAN DROP YOUR BALLOT OFF FOR YOU. There is free 5-minute parking on Chestnut street to drop off your ballot. 

How to drop off your mail-in ballot

Normal Drop-off Hours:

Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm

Oct 28th – Nov 3rd Hours:

Wednesday, October 28th: 8:30am through 8:00pm

Thursday, October 29th: 8:30am through 8:00pm

Friday, October 30th: 8:30am through 5:00pm

Saturday, October 31st: 9:00am to 2:00pm 

Sunday, November 1st: CLOSED

Monday, November 2nd: 8:30am through 8:00pm

Tuesday, November 3rd: 7:00am through 8:00pm

Here’s the doors to enter on Chestnut St:

Here’s the drop box right inside the door:

Here is a FAQ for mail-in ballots concerning other questions that may arise.

If you have questions about voting in PA, you can find answers here

It is very important that we show up in force and make our voices heard — our democracy depends on it!

Thank you! —The Lancaster Stands Up Leadership Team