The city’s Office of Reentry Partnerships is committed to empowering returning citizens, partner organizations, and the public to interrupt cycles of harm and build thriving communities. Below are some frequently asked questions and answers about voting with a conviction.

Can I vote if I am currently incarcerated?

YES if you are:

  • In jail or prison with a misdemeanor
  • In jail while waiting for a trial
  • Under house arrest

Note: you must vote with a mail-in ballot.

NOT YET if you are:

  • In jail or prison with a felony and will not be released before Nov. 3
  • Convicted of violating PA election laws within the last four years

Can I vote if I am on probation or parole?

  • YES

Can I vote if I have a prior conviction or arrest?

  • YES

Note: if you are living in a halfway house or community corrections center you must vote with a mail-in ballot and cannot use the address for your registration. You must use a previous or future address.

Dates to keep in mind:

  • October 19 is the deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania.
  • October 27 at 5 p.m. is the last day for your county office to receive mail-in
    and absentee ballot applications.
  • November 3 is Election Day. If you are voting by mail, you should mail your ballot as promptly as possible by Election Day or personally deliver it to the County Board of Elections office, a satellite election office, or drop box no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Need help?
Contact the Department of State at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or go to For general questions about Philadelphia’s election call 3-1-1.