Information and Resources to Vote in the May 2021 Primary

By Suzanna U. RSS Mon, April 26, 2021

Whether you’re a first-time voter or someone who’s experienced some transitions since you last voted, now is the time to check your voter status at

Do you live in a new neighborhood? Has your name changed? Did you just become eligible to vote? Are you affiliated with a different political party?
You can update your voter registration no later than May 3 online at!

When you look up your voter status, you’ll also be able to confirm directions to your polling place. Did you know that 37 Free Library locations will serve as polling places during the upcoming primary election on May 18? You can confirm updated polling locations online, by phone at 215-686-1590, or via email at

Already registered to vote and looking to vote by mail or vote via absentee ballot? You can make that update online as well, no later than May 11.

Haven’t applied yet but still want to vote with a mail ballot? Just head to City Hall, which will function like a satellite election office, processing ballots from start to finish.

Already put in your mail request? Voters can now return ballots at 14 locations citywide, including City Hall.

Primary elections are an important time for eligible voters to cast their ballots. Learn more about which questions and candidates are on the ballot at the Committee of Seventy's Build Your Ballot website.

making her mark exhibition

Interested in learning more about historical and contemporary approaches to enfranchisement and the right to vote? Check out the Making Her Mark exhibition, open by appointment weekday afternoons in the West Gallery of Parkway Central Library, which offers a look at the stories of Philadelphia women who built and sustained movements dedicated to voting rights.

Pre-register now for your 45-minute in-person visit via Eventbrite or visit our online exhibition.

Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote was curated by Jennifer Zarro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Instruction, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, with Suzanna Urminska. The exhibition is free to visit by appointment through Fall 2021.

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