Check this page for updates on the next election in Philadelphia!
The next election in Philadelphia will occur on May 18, 2021.
Please note that the most accurate source of all election information is always the Secretary of State.
Important Dates and Deadlines
- The next election in Philadelphia will occur on May 18, 2021.
- The voter registration deadline for this election is May 3, 2021.
- The last day to request a mail-in ballot is May 11, 2021.
- The expected initial mailing of requested mail-in ballots is April 19, 2021
- City Hall opens for early in-person voting April 19, 2021
- Ballot drop boxes will open April 20, 2021
Who’s on the Ballot and Ballot Guide
Learning about your ballot is a critical part of active democratic civic engagement. Elections on the ballot in May 2021 will include the following:
- Philadelphia district attorney
- Philadelphia city controller
- Philadelphia judges of election
- Philadelphia inspectors of elections
- Local and state judgeships, including the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
There will also be three proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania state constitution, as well as one statewide referendum:
- The Equal Rights Regardless of Race or Ethnicity Amendment
- The Emergency Declaration Amendment
- The Legislative Resolution to Extend or Terminate Emergency Declaration Amendment
- A referendum on the Municipal Fire and EMS Services Loans Measure
You can click here to see the official text of the measures as well as explanations of the measures on the official PA Secretary of State’s website.
There will also be a local Philadelphia ballot question to amend the city’s Home Rule Charter to expand the number of members on the city of Philadelphia’s Board of License and Inspection Review. Click here to learn more from the Committee of 70.
Before you vote, you can visit Ballotpedia to learn about who and what will be on your ballot this election, no matter where you’re voting. Philadelphia voters can visit Committee of 70 for more detailed information about their ballots.
Absentee, Mail-In, and Early Voting
If you cannot vote in-person on Election Day, you can request to vote by absentee or mail-in ballot instead. As of December 2019, Pennsylvania supports no-excuse mail-in voting. The exact date of when Pennsylvania mail-in ballots will be sent out for the May 2021 election is still to be determined, but ballots are generally sent out about 6-8 weeks prior to Election Day (this is only an estimate). Click here for more information about voting by mail in Pennsylvania.
Early in-person voting allows voters to cast ballots in-person before Election Day. The exact date of when early in-person polling places will be open is still to be determined, but early in-person polling places generally open around 6 weeks prior to election day and remain open until one week prior to Election Day (this is only an estimate). Click here for more information about voting early in Pennsylvania.
You can also drop off your mail-in ballot at a list of approved drop boxes. Click here to access the list.