Vote By Mail

Last Updated: September 24, 2020

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VOTE BY MAIL

All Pennsylvania registered voters are eligible to vote by mail, even if they qualify for an absentee ballot. Mail-in ballots are encouraged instead of absentee ballots because it’s an easier process.

If you request a mail-in ballot and decide you would rather go in person, you can bring your mail-in ballot to your polling location on Election Day and request a provisional ballot.

How to vote by mail

 

Step 1: Request a Ballot
ONLINE
    • You can request a mail-in ballot online here.
    • You need a PA Driver’s License or PennDOT ID to sign up online.
    • Requests for mail-in ballots must be received by the County Board of Elections by 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 27th. It is STRONGLY encouraged to request as soon as possible to avoid overwhelming the United States Postal Service and ensure ballots are delivered on time.
    • Check the status of your mail-in ballot at votespa.com/mailballotstatus.
 
BY MAIL
    • You can also request a mail-in ballot through the mail
    • Download a paper application for a mail ballot here.
    • Print the application form and fill it out
    • Mail it to your County’s Board of Elections
    • Find your County’s office at VotesPA.com/County
    • Requests for mail-in ballots must be received by the County Board of Elections by 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 27th.
    • Check the status of your mail-in ballot at votespa.com/mailballotstatus

 

Step 2: Complete the Ballot
    • Complete the ballot using blue or black pen, following the instructions
    • Be precise with your marks on the ballot – avoid stray marks!
    • Place the completed ballot in the secrecy envelope. If you do not use the secrecy envelope, your vote will not count. Do not make any marks on the secrecy envelope.
    • Put the secrecy envelope into the second larger envelope with the declaration printed on it.
    • Be sure to sign the declaration or your vote will not count.

 

Step 3: Deliver the Ballot
    • Option A: Return the ballot in person
      • Deliver the ballot in person to your County Board of Elections.
        • The address should be on the envelope. Or you can find your County’s office at VotesPA.com/County
        • You must do this yourself – no one can drop it off for you.
        • DO NOT drop off a ballot for another person – this is NOT LEGAL according to PA Act 77.
        • You can double check the status of your ballot after you drop it off at www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/BallotTracking
      • It is possible that you could use a dropbox set up by your County.
        • Ballot dropboxes were approved by the PA Supreme Court, but are determined by individual PA counties – you should check with your county to see if they will have ballot dropboxes and where they will be. Find your county’s contact information at VotesPA.com/County.
        • Ballots returned in person must be returned by 8pm on November 3rd.
  • Option B: Return the ballot by mail
    • Mail the ballot to your County Board of Elections – the address should already be on the envelope but you can also find your County’s office at VotesPA.com/County.
    • Postage is already paid – you do not need a stamp.
    • Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, Tuesday November 3rd and received no later than Friday, November 6th.
  • View the PA Department of State Mail-in ballot return guidance to counties here.