Voter guides: Candidates on the issues, and what you need to know to vote

  • Lisa Wardle

Here are some resources to help you head to the polls informed this Election Day.

When to vote, where to go and what to bring

The polls open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you are in line at the time the polling location is set to close, however, stay in line because you are still entitled to vote.

Not sure where to vote? The Department of State has an online tool that lets you input your address to find the correct polling place.

If this is the first time you will be voting at your polling location, you will be asked to present an ID. Acceptable forms of ID for first-time voters include a driver’s license; passport; military, student or employee ID; voter registration card; firearm permit; current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check; or any ID issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or United States government. Non-photo IDs must have your address.

If you encounter problems while trying to vote or notice suspicious activity at your polling location, the Department of State’s Bureau of Election can be reached at 1-877-868-3772. You can also submit an online complaint or contact your County Board of Elections at

Research the candidates

Not sure which districts you live in? Click here to search by address for your current legislator.

Statewide voter guide

Input your address in WHYY’s voter guide to view a sample ballot and compare candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, state senate and state house. If there are any ballot measures for your region, those will also be included on the sample ballot.

You can use this tool to have a sample ballot texted, emailed or printed out for your convenience on Election Day.

Listen to Smart Talk candidate interviews

WITF’s Smart Talk interviewed candidates running for governor, U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania’s 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th congressional districts. Click here to listen to them.

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