Need an absentee ballot? Here are the answers to many of your questions.
Who can vote by absentee ballot?
ONLY qualified voters may apply. Voters can check if they qualify by:
Contacting their County Election Office
Checking the state website
Can I download, print, and mail an Absentee Ballot application?
Permanent Absentee Ballot Applications (For voters with permanent disabilities)
ONLY voters with a permanent disability may apply for a permanent absentee or alternative ballot | www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Accessible-Voting.aspx
Download an application: http://votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Documents/Absentee_Ballot_Application_Permanent.pdf
Absentee Ballot Application Deadline
Regular Absentee Voters | Applications must be received or hand delivered to the County Board of Elections office by 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Military/Overseas | Applications must be received or hand delivered to the County Board of Elections office by 5:00pm on Monday, November 5, 2018
Emergency Absentee Ballot Applications
Who | ONLY registered voters experiencing an absence, illness, or disability occuring AFTER 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Deadline | Original applications must be received or hand delivered to the County Board of Elections office by 5:00pm on Friday November 2, 2018
Download an application: http://votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Documents/Emergency%20Absentee%20Application.pdf
Last-Minute Emergency Absentee Ballot Applications
Who | ONLY registered voters experiencing an absence, illness, or disability occuring AFTER 5:00pm on Friday November 2, 2018
Deadline | Original applications must be received or hand delivered by 8:00pm on Tuesday November 6, 2018
Download an Application: http://votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Documents/EmergencyAbsenteeApplication-After5onFriday.pdf
When are Absentee Ballots available?
Military/Overseas | On or about August 28, 2018
Regular Absentee Voters | On or about September, 17, 2018
How to Vote an Absentee Ballot
Mail it in with the envelope provided
Hand-deliver it to your County Clerk’s Office
Apply and vote at your County Clerk’s Office (in-person absentee voting)
Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
Regular Absentee Voters | Must be received by November 2, 2018
Military/Overseas | Postmarked by 11:59pm November 5, 2018
I lost my ballot. Can I get a replacement?
The most effective method is to contact your County Election Officials by phone or in-person to request a new one.
Can someone obtain and return my ballot for me?
YES. Voters who need assistance can submit a Designation of Agent form which is available in multiple languages. For more info: http://votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Voting-by-Absentee-Ballot.aspx
Can I check the status of my absentee ballot?
YES. Voters can use the Check Voter Registration link: http://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/VoterRegistrationStatus.aspx
Online: October 9, 2018 by 11:59 pm
By Mail: Postmarked by October 9, 2018
In-Person: October 9, 2018 at their County Voter Registration Office
Can I register to vote on Election Day?
NO. There is NO “Election Day” (aka “Same-Day”) Registration available.
Am I registered to vote?
Check your registration status - http://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/VoterRegistrationStatus.aspx
Do I need ID to register to vote?
NO. Voters are requested to provide their Pennsylvania Driver's License or PennDOT ID Number, or the last four digits of their social security number. But, if they have never been issued these documents they may still register to vote.
Can I register to vote online?
YES. PA Driver’s License or Non-Driver PA ID requested. NOTE: Applicants with no PennDOT number may upload a digital signature or submit their signature by mail to complete the registration process. Click here: http://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/VoterRegistrationApplication.aspx
Can I download, print and mail, or hand deliver, a Voter Registration form?
How do I update my voter registration?
Online or Paper Form (links above)
I have a felony conviction, can I register and vote?
YES. Voting rights are automatically restored upon release. Voter MUST re-register. You may register if you are on parole/probation or awaiting trial. You CANNOT use a halfway house as your residence address, however. For more info - http://votespa.com/Register-to-Vote/Pages/Convicted-Felon,-Misdemeanant-or-Pretrial-Detainee.aspx
I moved within Pennsylvania, but didn’t update my voter registration.
New Address, but voter’s same polling place - Voter can vote after confirming their new address in writing.
New Address in the same County, but a new polling place - Voter can vote at their OLD polling place after confirming their new address in writing.
To a new County - Voter can vote at their OLD polling place after confirming their new address in writing.
Voters who have questions should contact their County Election Office - http://votespa.com/Resources/Pages/Contact-Your-Election-Officials.aspx
I’m a college student from out-of-state, can I register?
YES. You would use your PA residence address.
I’m active military/overseas, can I register?
Have voter registration questions?
Call your election officials
NO. There is no in-person early voting in Pennsylvania.
EXCEPTION: Absentee Voters. Please see “ABSENTEE VOTING” for more information.
ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 6, 2018
When can I vote?
Polls are open from 7:00am to 8:00pm (Eastern Time Zone)
If you are in line after 8:00pm you CAN STILL VOTE. Do not get out of line.
Where do I vote?
You can look up your legislator here.
Find your polling place
Is VOTER ID required to vote?
FIRST-TIME VOTERS will be requested to show Photo or Non-Photo ID from a list of approved IDs. For more info
Voters who have moved within PA but have not updated their voter registration will make their lives easier if they bring ID with them
Provisional Ballots (for voters having trouble voting on Election Day)
Voters who are not on the list of registered voters, voting at the wrong (or new) polling place, or cannot provide the requested ID on Election Day may be able to vote a Provisional Ballot. For more info -
Accessible Voting (For voters 65+ or with a Disability/Illness)
Voters over 65 or with disabilities can find more information about accessible voting here http://votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Accessible-Voting.aspx
Voters in this category with polling places that do NOT have accessible voting may apply for an Alternative Ballot
ELECTION PROTECTION HOTLINE
English | 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
Spanish | 888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682)
Multiple Asian languages | 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683)
DEPT. OF JUSTICE VOTING RIGHTS HOTLINE | 1-800-253-3931