Mail-in Ballot Voting
Any registered voter may apply to vote by a Mail-in Ballot.
Wondering why you received a mail-in ballot application in the mail? By law, Pennsylvania must send mail-in applications to permanent voters each February. Anyone wishing to receive a mail-in ballot must fill out the application. If applications are ignored, the voter will remain on the permanent list and will not be sent a mail-in ballot. Watch this video for additional information.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MAIL-IN BALLOTS
How Can I Apply for & Check the Status of a Mail-in Ballot?
Check Status of Mail-In Ballot -
The status of Mail-In ballots can be checked by clicking this link to the State's website
- Registered voters can apply for a Mail-in Ballot online with a valid PA driver's license or photo ID from the PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT).
- Download and print the Mail-in Ballot application, located here (English) and aquí (español).
- Fill in the application and mail it in to the Lancaster County Office of Elections.
- The deadline to apply for a Mail-in Ballot is 5 pm on the Tuesday before the election.
- You can also send a signed letter to the election office, including the information listed on the Mail-in Ballot application.
- Apply in person at the Election Office. Once the county's ballot is finalized and available, you may request and promptly receive your Mail-in Ballot and mark it there.
- Contact the Election Office for more information.
Annual Mail-in Ballot Request
- You may request to be added to an annual Mail-in Ballot request list, in which you'll receive yearly an application to renew your Mail-in Ballot request.
- Once your application is approved, you will automatically receive ballots for the remainder of the year.
- You do not need to submit an application for each election
Voting Your Mail-in Ballot
- Mark your ballot, following the instructions.
- Place your ballot in the provided secrecy envelope marked only "official election ballot" and then seal and put the secrecy envelope into the official return envelope. Make sure you complete and sign the back of the official return envelope or the ballot may not be eligible to be counted.
- Return your ballot to the Lancaster County Board of Elections by the deadline of 8 pm on Election Day. Ballots may be mailed to: P.O. Box 2139 Lancaster, PA 17608. Voters may drop off their own ballots at 150 N Queen St. Suite 117 Lancaster, PA 17603.
Cancel Permanent Mail-in Ballot Status
- To cancel your permanent mail-in ballot status, download and print the Request to Cancel Permanent Mail-in Status located here.