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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
In-person voters do not need to show ID at the polls.
You will need to provide either your driver’s license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number to vote absentee. You can provide the number to your county by phone, email, or mail.
Alternatively, you can provide a copy of one of the following forms of ID when you mail in your application:
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 have 6 days following Election Day to provide the necessary identification to your county.
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