Mail or hand-deliver your completed form to the address we provide.
Make sure you register before the voter registration deadline.
Pennsylvania absentee ballots
Absentee ballot application deadline:
Received by 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before Election Day
Voted ballots are due:
Received by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day
You may vote by absentee ballot in Pennsylvania if:
you are in the military service of the United States (military voters do not need to be registered to vote to vote by absentee ballot, and they do not need to be overseas or even outside of Pennsylvania)
you are a spouse or dependent of someone in the military, and you expect expect on Election Day to be absent from the Commonwealth or the municipality of residence during the entire period in which the polling places are open for voting (7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M).
you are a member of the Merchant Marine (or a spouse or dependent) and you expect on Election Day to be absent from the Commonwealth or the municipality of residence during the entire period in which the polling places are open for voting (7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M).
you are a member of a religious or welfare group attached to and serving with the armed forces (or a spouse or dependent) and you expect on Election Day to be absent from the Commonwealth or the municipality of residence during the entire period in which the polling places are open for voting (7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M).
you expect that your occupation or duties (including leaves of absence for teaching, vacations, and sabbatical leaves) will cause you to be away from your municipality on Election Day. This also applies to spouses and dependents.
you are a war veteran who is bedridden or hospitalized due to illness or physical disability and therefore unable to vote in person (note: people who fall in this group can vote by absentee ballot even if they are not already registered).
you are ill or physically disabled and therefore unable to go to a polling place or operate a voting machine.
you are employed by the Commonwealth or the Federal Government and your duties require you to be absent from the Commonwealth or the municipality of your residence on Election Day. This also applies to spouses and dependents.
you are employed by the county and you expect that your Election Day duties will prevent you from voting.
you will be observing a religious holiday and will be unable to vote.
Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
Sign and date where indicated.
Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Pennsylvania early voting
Pennsylvania voter ID
If you’re voting for the first time at your voting location, bring one of the following photo IDs with you:
PA driver’s license or PennDOT ID
Photo ID issued by any Pennsylvania agency or the US government
US Armed Forces ID
If you don’t have a photo ID you can bring non-photo ID that shows your name and address, such as:
Confirmation from a county voter registration office
Non-photo ID issued by Pennsylvania or the US government
Current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check
If you don’t have a Pennsylvania driver’s license number, state ID number, or Social Security number, you must attach a copy of one of the following photo IDs with your ballot application (or alternatively, with your ballot) that shows your name, photo, and has an expiration date that’s current:
Photo ID issued by the Commonwealth of PA or the U.S. Government (including a U.S. Passport)
PA driver’s license or non-driver’s license photo ID (IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date)
PA Department of State Voter ID Card available at a DLC
Photo ID from an accredited PA public or private institution of higher learning, including colleges, universities, seminaries, community colleges and other two-year colleges
Photo ID issued by a PA care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes
U.S. military ID – active duty and retired military (a military or veteran’s ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite). Military dependents’ ID must contain an expiration date
Employee photo ID issued by U.S., PA, PA County or PA Municipal government
**You will have six calendar days following the election to provide valid ID**
Local Election Office: This is the government office responsible for running elections in your region. Theses are the best people to contact if you have any questions at all about voting in your state.
No, Pennsylvania does not allow in-person early voting.
There are no special ID requirements for registering to vote. The standard form asks for either a PA driver's license number or the last four digits of your social security number; there is a box to check if you cannot provide either.
Yes, all Pennsylvania voters need to provide ID, whether you vote in-person or by absentee-ballot. You can learn more on our Voter ID Laws page.
You can apply for an Emergency Absentee Ballot if you missed the regular absentee ballot application deadline and are now unable to vote in person because of a medical or family emergency. The process is somewhat complicated. The fastest way to get an emergency absentee ballot is to call your
Local Election Official and ask for help.
Find everything you need to vote in our state election centers