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Election Day Primer

It’s here. Election Day 2023.

In addition to the statewide election for judges in the Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth Courts, voters will also be able to weigh in on the candidates that will have the greatest impact on their municipalities – county commissioner, district attorney, county and city council, and school board.

What do you need to know before you head to the polling place? We’ve got you covered.

Hours. Polling places open at 7 AM and close at 8 PM. If you are in line at 8 PM, you will be permitted to cast your vote. Those who join the line after the appointed hour will be turned away.

Polling Places. Not sure where you need to be? You can find your polling place using the Department of State’s online lookup tool. What if you are registered but your name is not in the poll book? You can still vote using a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is not official until it is reviewed by your county’s election office to ensure that your registration is accurate.

Do You Need ID? No. Unless it’s your first time voting at a new polling place. If it’s your first time voting at a new location, you must bring one of the approved forms of identification. Your ID doesn’t need to be a photo ID. There are many forms of non-photo ID that are acceptable.

What If I Requested a Mail-in or Absentee Ballot? If you already submitted a mail-in or absentee ballot, you cannot vote at your polling place on election day.
If you did not return your mail-in or absentee ballot and you want to vote in person, you have two options:

  1. Bring your ballot and the pre-addressed outer return envelope containing the Voter’s Declaration to your polling place to be voided. After you surrender your ballot and envelope and sign a declaration, you can then vote a regular ballot.
  2. If you don’t surrender your ballot and return envelope, you can only vote by provisional ballot at your polling place. Your county board of elections will then verify that you did not vote by mail before counting your provisional ballot.


Voting for a Candidate. Make sure that you follow the instructions on your ballot (vote for one, two, or more). Ensure you fill in the circle completely in black ink for your choice(s). Check both sides of the ballot to ensure that you are able to vote for all races.

Now What? Go to the scanner and place your ballot into the machine. When you see a message indicating that your ballot has been recorded … you’re done. Take a sticker and wear it proudly for the rest of the day.

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