U.S. Elections and Politics

The United States presidential election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. In addition to candidates for U.S. president and vice president, the Pennsylvania ballot includes candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, the PA State Senate and PA House of Representatives, and other statewide and local offices. All registered voters are eligible to vote on November 3.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many voters will cast their ballots by mail. Voting by mail is a safe and secure option for PA voters. Mail-in ballots can be requested without the need to provide a reason at the time of your application.

The last day to register to vote is October 19, 2020. The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is October 27.

Who is on the ballot and what are the policies they stand for? What is your plan for voting? Why is voting so important for democracy? And what can you do in addition to voting? Read on for U.S. Election and Political resources relating to the upcoming election.

U.S. Elections and Politics


  • #VoteThatJawn

    Amplifying Youth Vote and Youth Voice in Philadelphia and Beyond!
  • Additional Information about Voter Registration in Pennsylvania

    The Committee of Seventy also provides information about Pennsylvania voter registration and absentee ballots.
  • Ballotpedia

    Ballotpedia is an online encyclopedia of American politics and elections. It contains neutral, accurate, and verifiable information on government officials and the offices they hold, political issues and public policy, elections, candidates, and the influencers of politics.
  • Ben's Guide to Government for Kids

    A simple guide for children on how our government works, divided by age range.
  • Black Voters Matter

    Black Voters Matter's goal is to increase power in our communities. Effective voting allows a community to determine its own destiny.
  • Committee of 70 Voter Guide

    Use Seventy's BYOBallot tool to review the candidates and ballot questions that will appear on your ballot, whether you vote in-person or by mail.
  • Fact Check: Annenberg Political Fact Checker

    Based at the University of Pennsylvania, this is a "nonpartisan, nonprofit, 'consumer advocate' for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. [They] monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases."
  • Federal Election Commission

    In 1975, Congress created the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act. This site includes data on campaign contributions to all candidates, along with maps that show where contributions originated.
  • Find Your Polling Place

    The Polling Place Search tool will help you locate a polling place for Election day. Begin by typing the county of residence and city in the dropdown menus below. Then enter the street name, the house number, and zip code. If the polling place is not found, please make sure the information is correct. Click Search again. If the polling place is still not found you may contact the county election office.
  • Mail-in and Absentee Ballot Guide

    Mail-in and absentee ballot applications for the November 3, 2020, general election must be received by your county election office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Visit this website for any and all information regarding Mail-in and Absentee Ballots in Pennsylvania.
  • Pennsylvania Voter Registration Resource Center

    The Pennsylvania Department of State’s Online Guide to voter registration has everything you need to know about voting in the 2018 midterm election.
  • Phila.Gov General Election 2020: Important Deadlines and Information

    Voting is one of the most important things U.S. citizens can do. Our city benefits when everyone makes their voice heard.

    Whether voters choose to vote by mail or at the polls, all voting options are safe, legitimate, and secure.

    Learn how to:
    • Register to vote
    • Apply to vote by mail-in or absentee ballot
    • Turn in a mail-in ballot
    • Vote at the polls
  • Philadelphia City Commissioners

    The Philadelphia City Commissioners are a three-member bipartisan board of elected officials in charge of elections and voter registration for the City of Philadelphia. Each Commissioner is elected to serve a four-year term that coincides with the municipal election cycle for Mayor and City Council.
  • Project Vote Smart

    Project Vote Smart allows voters to scrutinize candidates voting records, issue positions, interest group ratings, public statements, campaign finances and biographical information.
  • U.S. Election Assistance Commission

    One of the Election Assistance Commission’s primary mandates under the Help America Vote Act is to serve as a central resource for information about elections. This site includes information about registering to vote and serving as a poll worker, along with studies on how, where and when we vote.
  • Vote: the Machinery of Democracy

    The Smithsonian Institution has put together this website on the history of the technical and mechanical aspects of voting in the US.
  • VotesSafe Pennsylvania

    Every Pennsylvanian has the right to vote safely and securely.

Blog Posts

35 Library Locations Will Serve as Polling Places for the November 8, 2022 General Election

General Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022 and many of our neighborhood libraries will again serve as designated voting locations. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.; anyone in line by 8:00 p.m. will be able to vote.…

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36 Free Library Locations Will Serve as Polling Places for the Tuesday, May 17 Primary Election

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35 Free Library Locations Will Serve as Polling Places for November 2, 2021 General Election

General Election Day is Tuesday, November 2, 2021 and many of our  neighborhood libraries  will again serve as designated voting locations. These locations will be closed for library services and will only be…

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37 Free Library Locations to Serve as Polling Places for May 18 Primary Election

The primary election is coming up on Tuesday, May 18, and many of our  neighborhood libraries  will again serve as designated voting locations. These libraries will be closed for library services and will be open only for voting. Polls…

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Information and Resources to Vote in the May 2021 Primary

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 votesPA.com/status . Do you live in a new neighborhood? Has your name…

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Making Her Mark Spotlight: Poetry and Movement Building

by Suzanna Urminska and Sam Perduta Our words carry power—whether as balm or as burnish, our words have the power to come together to form poetry that recalls and reconnects a range of human experiences both personal and…

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Reimagining a Recipe for Radical Self Care

by Jena Harris and Suzanna Urminska "In every race, in every nation and in every clime in every period of history there is always an eager-eyed group of youthful patriots who seriously set themselves to right the wrongs done to…

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While the days of immersing ourselves at an in-person exhibit at a favorite gallery or museum are still out of reach for so many of us, as we continue to follow health guidelines to help manage the spread of COVID-19, online versions…

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Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote Digital Exhibition Launches

I still remember as a child, coming along as my mother cast her ballot. Standing side by side with my mother, the first person in my family to vote in the U.S., left me with wide-eyed curiosity. The wait in line culminating in a thick…

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With the Election right around the corner, making sure that our voices are heard is now more important than ever. Knowing your voting rights allows you to spot, report and block voter disenfranchisement efforts that may occur in your…

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37 Free Library Locations to Serve as Polling Places in 2020 Presidential Election

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Your Complete Guide to Mail-In Voting

With Election Day coming up on November 3, it is critical that all citizens are aware of how to make their voices safely and properly heard. This post will cover the basics of mail-in voting and how you can make sure your vote counts…

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Voting by Mail? Avoid "Naked Ballots"!

Updated Tuesday, October 20, 2020 12:15 p.m. Spanish and Chinese translations have been added to this blog post. In the real world, small technical details count for a lot. How many checks were never cashed because the person who wrote…

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Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote Exhibition Opens Fall 2020

As we find ourselves weeks away from Election Day, consider this question:  Who was the first person in your family to vote?  The stories of Philadelphia women who built and sustained movements dedicated to voting rights is…

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