Voter Registration FAQ

Here are some of the most common questions from voters

Q. How can I register to vote?

A. When you apply for a driver license, renew your driver license or change your address on your driver license, or
B. By calling the Registration Office (570) 524-8682 or (570) 524-3891 and requesting a registration form, or
C. Check with your local Post Office, Library, Municipal Office, or any Federal agency that offers assistance, or
D. Candidate or party committee members.
(Note: Registration closes thirty (15) days prior to every primary and general election.)

Q. How can I find out if I am registered to vote?

A. Call the Registration Office (570) 524-8681

Q. How do I find out information about the candidates?

A. Listen or read what the news media has to report; more importantly, go to the candidate debates or talk to the candidates personally. The Election Bureau will never give out information concerning candidate’s viewpoints. 
The League of Women Voters is both a good source of information/views of local, statewide, and national candidates. Click here to for find contact information for the League of Women Voters.

Q. Why can’t I vote in the primary if I am not registered as a Republican or Democrat?

A. Pennsylvania has what is called a closed Primary, which only allows Republicans and Democrats to vote for candidates. If there is a referendum on the ballot, all registered voters, other than Republician or Democrat, will receive a ballot with only the referendum to be voted for.

Q. Why should I vote? It really doesn’t mean anything.

A. Your vote is very important. Your vote is your voice!

Q. How old do I have to be to get registered to vote?

A. You have to be 18 years of age on the day of the next primary or election.

Q. When are the Polls open?

A. From 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Q. How do I change my address or political party?

  • Online at votespa.com
  • Print out and complete a voter registration form and send completed form to the Union County Elections Office at 155 N. 15th Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837
  • In person at the Union County Elections Office located at 155 N. 15th Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837
  • Call the Union County Elections Office at (570) 524-8681

Q. How do I run for political office?

A. You must call the Election Office in January of each year to see if the office you are interested in is up for election. Judicial, County, Township, Borough, and School District offices are always on odd numbered years. Federal, State and party offices are on even numbered years.

Q. When are other elections held?

A. The General Election is held in even-numbered years, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. 
The Municipal Election is held in odd-numbered years, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November.
The Primary Election in each even-numbered year is called the General Primary and is held on the third Tuesday of May, except in Presidential years when it is held on the fourth Tuesday of April.
The Primary Election in each odd-numbered year is called the Municipal Primary and is held on the third Tuesday of May. 
Justices of the Supreme Court, Judges of Superior and Commonwealth Courts, Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, Judges of Community Courts (if established), Judges in Magisterial Districts, Constables and all County, Municipal, School District, and Election District Officers are elected only at a Municipal Election.
Electors for President and Vice President of the United States, United States Senators, Representatives in Congress, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Auditor General, State Treasurer, Attorney General, Senators, and Representatives in the General Assembly are elected only at a General Election.


Q. The basics for Pennsylvania:


A. Poll Place Hours – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
B. Voter ID required - Yes, sometimes. For more information, click here.
C. Voter Signature Required to Vote – Yes
D. Voter Signature Verified – Yes
E. Bars Closed – Yes
F. Election Day Holiday – No
G. Schools Closed – No
H. State Employees Off – No
I. Private Employees Off – No
J. Electioneering Banned within – 10 Ft.
K. Straight Party Voting – Yes, only November elections
L. Write Ins – Yes