You must provide your PA driver's license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number on your absentee ballot form. If you don't have either number, you'll need to include a photocopy of your ID. Check our Voter ID Laws page for a list of acceptable forms of ID.

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Pennsylvania absentee ballot deadlines

Request deadlines

  • In Person: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 7 days before Election Day.

Ballot deadlines

  • Voted ballots are due: If delivered in-person, received by 8pm on Election Day. If mailed, postmarked by Election Day and received within 3 days after Election Day

Pennsylvania absentee ballot rules

Any registered Pennsylvania voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

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 Office as soon as possible. We'll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it's close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Office will let you fax or email the application.
  5. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.
  6. Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.

Tracking your ballot

You can track your ballot directly with your state.

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. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.