April 20, 2023

May 16 Primary Election Information and Key Dates

On Tuesday, May 16, voters across the United States will vote in the primary elections. What does your primary election voting plan look like?

Be sure to dedicate time today to check your voter registration status, review what options you have to cast your vote, and create your personal voting timeline ahead of the 2023 Primary Elections.

Key Primary Election Dates

Mark your calendar for these key dates:

  • May 1, 2023 – Last day to register to vote before the May 16 election.
  • May 9, 2023 – Last day to apply for Absentee or Mail in Ballot. Applications must be received by 5 p.m.
    • The Mail-In Ballot Application is also available in Spanish.
  • May 16, 2023 – Last day to return Mail In or Absentee Ballots. Ballots must be received by 8 p.m.

Register to Vote

The deadline to register to vote is May 1, 2023. If you are not registered, register now by completing the Voter Registration Application.

If you are uncertain of your registration status, check it using the Pennsylvania Department of State Voter Registration Status Tool.

Voter Registration Applications are also available in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Online voter registration is open until 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2023.

Find Your Polling Place

Not sure where to vote? Use the Pennsylvania Department of State Polling Place Search Tool to locate your polling place for election day.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Any person in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

Poll Workers

The Elections Division is currently seeking and assigning poll workers. Demonstrate your civic participation by serving on Election Day as a Judge, Inspector or Clerk of Election. Poll workers, also referred to as election officers, earn from $150 to $175 for the day. New poll workers also receive paid training.

Learn more about the Poll Worker Application process if you are interested participating in the May 16 primary election as a poll worker.

First Time Voter Information

First-time voters, including individuals that are voting for the first-time at the polling place, will be asked to show an approved form of identification.

Approved forms of photo ID (Remember, the ID must be valid and not expired.)

  • 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 ID (The 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

Visit the Pennsylvania Voter Services website for all of your voting information questions.

Learn More

If have questions about your registration status, polling place, or the May 16 election, visit the Allegheny County Elections website or contact the county election office at 412.350.4500.


Allegheny County Elections Division
542 Forbes Ave., Suite 312
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2953

Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.