Voting & Elections

Welcome to Elections and Voter Registration


York County Board of Elections Responsibilities

  • Register voters and manage elections for York County
  • Processing new registrations, moves, change of politics, etc.
  • Furnishing street lists (alphabetical listing by street of all individuals registered to vote within York County)
  • Distributing and receiving nomination petitions
  • Preparing ballot
  • Retaining / paying local election board members
  • Programming and distributing voting machines to 161 voting precincts throughout York County
  • Distributing and receiving campaign expense statements / reports
  • Certifying election results
  • Receiving and retaining Statements of Financial Interest for candidates, nominees, public officials, public employees, or solicitors

 What's New for 2020

  • Voter registration deadline is now 15 days before the election (Primary: April 13; General: October 19)
  • Qualified voters may apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot
  • Voters may request to be added to a permanent list to receive a mail-in or absentee ballot
  • If a voter has returned a mail-in or absentee ballot, the voter MAY NOT VOTE at her/his polling place
  • If a voter is unsure that the ballot will be received on timet, the voter may return the ballot to the County Board of Elections office by 8 p.m. on Election Night
  • If a voter is still unsure and cannot deliver the ballot, the voter may go to her/his polling place and cast a provisional ballot.


The Department of Elections and Voter registration is responsible for registering voters and managing elections for York County. All new voter registrations and changes of address, name or party affiliation must be recorded and maintained.

Anyone who wishes to register to vote must complete a voter registration form. This form is available through the Elections/Voter Office, party headquarters, and most post offices and libraries throughout York County. For more voter registration-related information, please select "Register to Vote." 

Not sure if you are registered to vote? You can find out by searching Pennsylvania's voter registration database here. You also can confirm your registration by contacting us or by calling 1-877-VOTESPA.

For information about whether you need to bring identification to the polling places, please click here.

Polling places are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day. 



Important Dates – Primary Election (Tuesday, April 28, 2020)

Last Day to REGISTER

Monday, April 13

Last Day to Apply for Mail-In or Civilian Absentee Ballot

Tuesday, April 21


Tuesday, April 28

Last Day for County Board of Elections to receive voted Mail-In and Civilian Absentee ballots

Tuesday, April 28 (8 p.m.)

Last Day for County Board of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots

Tuesday, May 5


What You Need to Know About Mail-In Voting?

Pennsylvania has added a new, no-excuse-needed means for voters to vote by mail – Mail-In Voting – and the timelines and process are similar to those for absentee voting. The primary difference? Mail-In voters do not have to provide any reason or excuse for voting by mail. If a voter qualifies for an absentee ballot, s/he must still continue to use absentee ballots.

To apply for a Mail-In or Absentee ballot, click here.

IMPORTANT: An individual who receives and votes a Mail-In or Absentee ballot that is timely received by the county may not vote at their polling place.


Watch: How to use the new voting equipment


County Board of Elections
York County Administrative Center
28 East Market Street 
York, PA 17401-1579

(717) 771-9604