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What are the polling hours in Pennsylvania?

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Polling hours for primary and general elections in Pennsylvania are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., as of the November 2015 general election. Pennsylvania conducts school board elections in odd-numbered years on the same days as general elections.

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Election officials may ask voters for identification. As a result of state court rulings in 2014, only first-time voters must prove their identities.

Among the items accepted for photo identification are Pennsylvania driver's licenses or identity cards, U.S. passports and student identity cards. Additional items on the state's photo-ID list include employee or U.S. Armed Forces cards.

Non-photo items must contain the voter's name and address. Accepted forms of non-photo ID include state- or federal-issued identity cards, firearm permits and current pay stubs. Utility bills and government checks also serve as non-photo identification.

Absentee ballots are available to voters who are unable to vote on the official election day. The county election board must receive an application for an absentee ballot by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to an election. The election board must receive the completed ballot by 5 p.m. on the Friday before an election. In presidential election years, the election board counts ballots received by 8 p.m. on Election Day in the presidential and vice presidential races.

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