If you are unable to attend your polling place in person on Election Day, you may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. To vote by absentee ballot, a voter must apply to the county Board of Elections for an absentee ballot. The county Board of Elections will send a paper absentee ballot to the voter. The voter then completes the ballot and returns it to the county Board of Elections.
In Pennsylvania, the county Board of Elections must receive your application for absentee ballot no later than 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election. In emergency situations (such as an unexpected illness or disability) you can submit an Emergency Application for Absentee Ballot, which must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day. Completed non-emergency absentee ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day.
In presidential election years, absentee ballots received by the close of the polls on Election Day will be counted for the offices of president and vice president.
Make sure you’re registered before you apply to vote by absentee ballot. You can confirm your registration here. (Note: if you're a first-time voter and plan on using an absentee ballot, you will need to provide a copy of a driver's license or any other type of acceptable ID. A list of acceptable forms of ID can be found here.)
Obtaining an Absentee Ballot Application
View step-by-step instructions for obtaining absentee ballot application and voting forms:
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