Voter Information

Your Next Election Details:

  • October 9, 2018 – Last day to register, change address, or change party.
  • October 30, 2018 – Application for Absentee Ballot are due.
  • November 2, 2018 – All absentee ballots, except those received from military and overseas electors and those received from emergency absentee electors who become ill or are called away from home after 5:00 p.m. pm this day, must be received by no later 5:00 P.M., must be received no later than 5:00 P.M. on this day to be counted.
  • November 6, 2018 – General Election
  • November 13, 2018 – a valid military-overseas ballot cast must be delivered by 5:00 P.M. to be counted.

General Information

  • Hours of all Polling Places
    • 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Election office contact information
    • Joyce McKinley, Director • Phone: (814) 355-6703 • Fax: (814) 355-6857
    • E-mail:


Register to Vote

Registration forms are available at the Election Office, most banks, post offices, municipal offices and libraries. Or you may use the registration form found at the Pennsylvania Department of State Website, VotesPA. Mail the completed registration form to:

Voter Registration and Elections
Willowbank Building
420 Holmes St.
Bellefonte, PA 16823-1488

The last day to register to vote for the next Election or to change your name, party or address is October 9, 2018.  A new ID card listing your polling place will be mailed to you. If you are unsure if you are still registered and/or unsure of where you vote, it is suggested that you contact the Election Office prior to October 10.


Find Your Polling Place

If you are registered to vote in Centre County, Pennsylvania, you can find the location of your polling place by using the county’s Polling Place Locator:

More info below. Choose the button for more information.

Absentee Ballots

  • IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM THE CENTRE COUNTY ELECTION OFFICE To be in compliance with the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), a copy of a photo ID is REQUIRED for all absentee voters who are voting for the first time or did not vote in the November 2011 election. Following are the acceptable forms of photo ID:
    • PA license or ID card photo
    • Employee photo ID
    • US Passport
    • ID issued by US Government
    • US Military ID
    • Student ID

    If applicable, please include a copy of one of the acceptable forms of photo ID listed above with your absentee application to ensure that we are in compliance with HAVA requirements.

  • In order to receive an absentee ballot, you must complete a signed absentee ballot APPLICATION and return the APPLICATION to the election office by 5:00 p.m. on October 30, 2018.
  • An absentee APPLICATION for a registered voter in Centre County can be mailed to you upon request by calling the Election Office at 355-6703 or via e-mail to .
  • You can also download your absentee ballot application at
  • Mail the completed form to:

Voter Registration and Elections
Willowbank Building
420 Holmes St.
Bellefonte, PA 16823-1488

If you are registered in another county, you must request your application from that county.

  • An absentee BALLOT will then be mailed to you at the address designated on the application.
  • Last day that civilian absentee BALLOTS can be accepted by the Election Office is 5:00 p.m. on November 2, 2018.  No exceptions.

First-Time Voters

If you are a first-time voter in Centre County or a first-time voter in your precinct due to an address change, you must present identification at the polls:

Approved forms of photo identification (ID must be valid):

  • PA driver’s license or ID card issued by PennDOT
  • ID issued by any other Commonwealth agency
  • ID issued by the U.S. Government
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Armed Forces ID
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID

Approved forms of non-photo identification (ID must include the name and address of the elector):

  • Voter’s identification card issued by the voter registration commission
  • Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth
  • Non-photo ID issued by the U.S. Government
  • Firearm permit
  • Current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Current paycheck
  • Government check

When Elections are Held

  • A Primary narrows down the number of candidates for the Municipal or General Election, except in the case of Precinct Democratic Committeeman and Precinct Democratic Committeewoman, who are elected in the Primary Election.
  • The Primary in each even-numbered year is called the General Primary and is held on the third Tuesday in May, except in Presidential years when it is held on the fourth Tuesday in April.
  • The Primary in each odd-numbered year is called the Municipal Primary and is held on the third Tuesday in May.
  • General Elections are held in even-numbered years, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
    • Electors for President and Vice-President, United States Senators, Representatives in Congress, Governor and Lt. Governor, Auditor General, State Treasurer, Attorney General and Senators and Representatives in the General Assembly are elected only at a General Election.
  • Municipal Elections are held in odd-numbered years, on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
    • Justices of the Supreme Court, Judges of Superior and Commonwealth Courts, Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, District Judges in Magisterial Districts, constables and all county municipal (borough and township offices), school district and election district officers are elected only at a Municipal Election.
  • The polls are open at all primaries and elections between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., prevailing time.