Last updated on March 14, 2016


Just a heads up: Pennsylvania requires you to provide your PA drivers license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number when you vote by absentee ballot. You'll see a place to enter this information on the absentee ballot itself. If you can't provide either of these numbers for whatever reason, you'll need to include a photocopy of your ID with this application.

Pennsylvania absentee ballot deadlines

Pennsylvania absentee ballot rules

You may vote by absentee ballot in Pennsylvania if:

Pennsylvania absentee ballot directions

  1. Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
  2. Sign and date the form. This is very important!
  3. Return your completed application to your Local Election Official as soon as possible. We’ll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Officials will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it’s close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Official will let you fax or email the application.
  5. Make sure your application is received by the deadline. Your application must actually arrive by this time — simply being postmarked by the deadline is insufficient.
  6. Please contact your Local Election Official if you have any further questions about the exact process.

Once you receive your ballot...

  1. Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Sign and date where indicated.
  3. Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
  4. Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.

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