First-time voter? Here are some Election Day tips


Media: Alec Swartz '13

Voters line up to cast their midterm ballots outside of the Ricketts Community Center, the local polling place for a majority of Hill residents.

As election night’s 8 p.m. deadline fast approaches, November 8 is the last opportunity to vote in person for the 2022 midterm election. Here is the voting guide for first-time voters, as we answer common questions about how to cast your ballot.

Where do I vote?

Your polling location is written on your voter registration card. You can also find your polling place on Pennsylvania’s polling place information page.

I’m a first-time voter, what do I need to be mindful of?

First-time voters need to bring their ID to the polls. Acceptable forms of ID include driver’s license, state photo ID, a U.S. passport, a student ID, and a voter registration card. If you are a registered voter but your eligibility to vote at your polling place is uncertain, you have the right to request a provisional ballot.

What if I got sick on Election Day? Can I still vote?

Yes. You can fill out an Emergency Absentee Ballot. You also need to fill out an authorization form that allows a designated person to drop off the ballot for you.

When can I use a provisional ballot?

You may request a provisional ballot if you forgot to bring your photo ID, your name was not on the poll book, or you reported to the wrong precinct. For more information about provisional ballots, visit Pennsylvania’s voter registration page.

What if you signed up to vote by mail but now want to vote in person?

Be sure to bring your mail ballot with you when you vote. You must surrender your mail ballot to your polling location in order to vote in person.

Most importantly, you have the right to vote if you queue in line to vote at your polling places before they all close statewide at 8 p.m.