Elections matter. The people we elect to represent us – from the White House to the State House to City and Town Council – hold tremendous power over the policies that protect or threaten our natural resources.
We can only elect environmentally responsible candidates across the state with your vote!
Who should I vote for?
Every election year, we endorse candidates whom we expect to be environmental champions as well as ballot measures that protect and restore Pennsylvania’s environment. See which candidates we have endorsed.
When do I vote?
If you have a mail-in ballot, return it right away. There are a number of ways you can do this:
- By mail. You should do this no later than the week of October 19. Ballots must be postmarked by November 3 and received by November 6. Postage is already paid on every mail-in ballot in Pennsylvania, so no need to use a stamp.
- In person.
- Take it directly to your County Board of Elections or a satellite voting location by 8pm on November 3, 2020.
- Drop it into a secure ballot drop box in your county by 8pm on November 3, 2020.
You can vote early in person in many counties beginning October 1, 2020.
You can also vote in person on Election Day, which is November 3, 2020.
How do I vote?
If you're voting by mail:
- Read the enclosed instructions carefully on how to mark your ballot and be sure to complete the front and back of each page. Vote in every race on the ballot.
- Put your ballot into the smaller secrecy envelope that only says "Official Election Ballot" and seal it. Do not place any marks on this secrecy envelope. Your ballot must be enclosed in the white smaller secrecy envelope in order to be counted.
- Put the smaller secrecy envelope into the larger pre-addressed outer return envelope and seal it. This is the envelope with "Business Reply Mail" on the front.
- Complete, sign, and date the voter’s declaration on the outside of the outer return envelope. You must sign the outer return envelope and enclose your ballot in it in order for it to be counted.
- Track the status of your ballot here.
If you're voting early at your county election office or a satellite voting location:
- Submit a completed mail-in or absentee ballot application when you arrive.
- Wait for your application to be processed.
- Once you receive your ballot, mark, seal, sign, and date just like the instructions require you to do for mailing in your ballot. Remember, if your ballot is not enclosed in the smaller secrecy envelope and outer return envelope, it will not be counted.
- Hand in your ballot.
If you're voting in person on Election Day:
- Check your polling place based on where you are registered to vote, as locations may be different than the past due to the pandemic. Polling places will be open in every county from 7am – 8pm.
- Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
- Be prepared for an additional wait due to social distancing and other challenges of the pandemic. Maintain social distance by staying 6 feet apart from poll workers and other voters while you are waiting in line, checking in, and voting.
- Follow instructions from poll workers and other election officials, who are there to help things run smoothly.
If you applied for a mail-in ballot but didn’t receive it, or if you lost or damaged it, you can vote in person using a provisional ballot. Learn more about that process here.