Absentee and mail-in ballots must be placed in the envelope marked “Official Election Ballot” and then placed into the signed and dated declaration envelope.
The PA Supreme Court has ruled that absentee and mail-in ballots that are missing the Secrecy Envelope cannot be counted.
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Absentee ballots require a reason for requesting one, such as illness, disability, or plans to be away on Election Day.
Mail-in ballots may be requested by any qualified voter with no reason required and can be used in lieu of absentee ballots.
You must apply for one, either online at www.votespa.com/applymailballot, or by printing, completing and mailing the mail-in or absentee application found on that site.
** IMPORTANT: Do not submit multiple applications, as they slow down the Board of Elections’ ability to process new applications. **
If you apply online at www.votespa.com/applymailballot and include an e-mail address you will get notifications when your application is processed, when your ballot is sent, and when your voted ballot is returned to the Board of Elections.
If you apply by paper application, you can track the status at www.votespa.com/mailballotstatus. If your status reads “Pending,” it means your ballot application has been processed and approved. As ballots are mailed out and completed ballots are mailed back and received, the status will update.
If your application has not yet been processed yet, you will receive this:
If hand delivering your ballot it must be received (and placed in the secrecy envelope and mailing envelope) at the Board of Elections, or placed in one of its secure drop box locations, by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
If mailing your ballot it must be received (and placed in the secrecy envelope and mailing envelope) by the Board of Elections by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Postmarks do not count.
Yes. Ballots can either be returned directly to the Board of Elections office or returned to secure drop boxes that are placed throughout the county. Please check back regularly for drop box locations and dates of availability.
No. By law, only the voter themselves may hand deliver their ballot to the Board of Elections. However, if you have a disability that prevents you from submitting your ballot in person, you may fill out an authorized designated agent form which would allow someone you choose to drop off your ballot (with the filled-out form) on your behalf.
If you still have your mail-in ballot and envelope on Election Day, you may hand it to the poll workers at your polling place, complete a declaration form, and use the voting machine instead.
If you do not bring your ballot and envelope with you, you will be required to vote using a provisional ballot to be approved at a later date by the Board of Elections.
Yes. Go to your regular polling place and tell the poll workers you applied for a ballot but it didn’t arrive. It will be marked in the poll book that you applied for a ballot that was not returned. You will be given a provisional ballot to fill out.
If you have already returned your ballot, it will be indicated in the poll book that your ballot has already been cast. Your only option would be to vote provisionally. However, a valid absentee or mail-in ballot would supersede the provisional.