If you are traveling or unable to make it to the voting booth on election day, please be sure to submit an absentee ballots. College students away from home – please don’t forget to vote! The online tools described below make it easy to submit your vote. Remember, every vote counts!
Who can vote an absentee ballot?
- Voters who are serving in the armed forces, Merchant Marine, or who are outside the United States because of business, and their accompanying spouses and dependents.
- Voters who are absent from their municipality during the time the polls are open because of work.
- Voters who cannot attend their polling place because of illness or disability or veterans who are bedridden or hospitalized.
- Voters who are county employees and cannot vote at the polling place because of their duties relating to the conduct of the election.
- Voters who cannot attend because of observance of a religious holiday.
- Voters and their accompanying spouses who are absent due to a leave of absence or sabbatical leave.
- Voters who are absent because they are on vacation.
- Voters who are college students and are attending school away from home.
How can I vote by absentee ballot?
Download an absentee ballot application form at votespa.com/absentee . Print, complete, sign, and deliver or mail the application to your county election office. The address and telephone number for your county election office may be found at votespa.com/county .
You can also request an absentee ballot by:
- Sending a letter or other signed document (such as the county’s official application for requesting an absentee ballot ) to the County Board of Elections in the county in which you are registered.
- Applying in person.
- Completing any form supplied by the federal government.
- Completing any official County Board of Elections form that is addressed to the Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Commonwealth or County Board of Elections of the county in which you reside.
When is the deadline to request an absentee ballot?
The County Board of Elections must receive your application for absentee ballot no later than 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election.
Because of late delivery by the U.S. Postal Service, the Department of State recommends that voters submit their absentee ballot applications at least two weeks before the election.
There are exceptions for emergencies if you become ill or physically disabled and are not able to request an absentee ballot by the deadline.
When is the deadline to submit an absentee ballot?
Your County Board of Elections must receive your voted absentee ballot by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election.
If you must submit your application for an absentee ballot on the Tuesday before the election, Department of State recommends that you return your voted absentee ballot in person.
In emergency situations (such as an unexpected illness or disability), you can submit an Emergency Application for Absentee Ballot, which must be received by your County Board of Elections no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day.
In an emergency situation that occurs after 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day, you can submit an Emergency Application for Absentee Ballot to your County Court.
Where can I find more information on requesting an absentee ballot?
For more information visit votespa.com/absentee