Pennsylvania’s Department of State is encouraging voters to submit applications now for absentee or mail-in ballots for the
November 3, 2020
You must be a registered voter to submit an application. To check whether you are already a registered voter in Pennsylvania, use the Find Voter Registration Status tool. You must apply for an absentee or mail-in ballot for each election unless you qualify for and request permanent status to vote by mail-in ballot.
If you plan to vote using an absentee or mail-in ballot, your completed application must be received in the county office by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Postmarks DO NOT count. Once you have received your voting ballot, the deadline for return is 8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
You can request a mail-in or absentee ballot online HERE. Note that you must check the I Am Not A Robot box in order to proceed online with your application for a ballot. Otherwise, you can choose from the links shown to print out a paper application that you will need to mail to your county in order to receive your mail-in ballot.
When you submit your application for a mail-in or absentee ballot, you will be instructed to print your confirmation and/or have a copy of the confirmation emailed to you. If you do not have a printer, you can still choose Print, and select Save to PDF. This way, you can save a copy of your application confirmation on your computer in case you need to refer to it later.
Are there limitations?
If you’re a voter with a valid PA Driver’s License or PennDOT ID number, you may apply for your ballot with an online form.
If you do not have one of these ID numbers, you will need to download a paper application and mail it to your County Board of Elections or visit your local county elections office. We can help you access and print this application at the library if you do not have a printer, or you can submit an online request to have the form mailed to you. (See below*)
Absentee Ballot Application
- For an absentee application in English, download the absentee paper application form.
- Para recibir una solicitud de voto enausencia en español, descargue el formulario de solicitud en papel para voto en ausencia).
Mail-in Ballot Application
- For a mail-in application in English, download the mail-in ballot paper application form.
- Para recibir una solicitud por correo en español, descargue el español, formulario de solicitud en papel en el correo).
What’s the difference between an absentee ballot and a mail-in ballot?
Simply put, the absentee ballot is used if or when you either (a) will not be in your municipality on election day so that you would be unable to cast your vote in person, or (b) you have a permanent illness or disability that makes it impossible for you to vote in person. Alternatively, the mail-in ballot allows any eligible voter to vote by mail instead of voting in person if they choose to.
*What if I can’t submit my application online?
If you’re unable to submit an application online, you can submit an online request to have a form mailed to you.
Si no puede enviar una solicitud en línea, puede enviar un pedido en línea para recibir un formulario por correo.
For Military and Overseas Voters
When applying for an absentee ballot, use the federal form.