Request an Absentee Ballot

To obtain an absentee ballot application:

Applying for an Absentee Ballot 

A qualified absentee voter may apply for an absentee ballot either through an application form or through letter. An application by letter or other document must be signed by the voter and must include the same information as required on forms provided by the Secretary of the Commonwealth. The County Board of Elections must receive letter applications no later than 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before Election Day.

Submitting an Absentee Ballot Application

Except for military and civilian voters who make an emergency application for absentee ballot, an absentee ballot application must be completed, signed by the voter, and received by the County Board of Elections no later than 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before Election Day.

Deadline to Return a Voted Absentee Ballot

The last day for the County Board of Elections to received a voted absentee ballot is 5:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to Election Day.  Additionally, in Presidential General Elections only, any absentee ballots received from electors after 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day, but before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, must be counted for the office of President and Vice President only.

Unless a voter is disabled and needs assistance to deliver an absentee ballot to the Board of Elections through a designated agent, it is not permissible under Pennsylvania law for anyone other than the voter to hand-deliver an absentee ballot to the Board of Elections.  Delivery of absentee ballots cast by voters who are not disabled may be delivered only through the U.S. Mail service or by the voter in person.

Designating an Agent

If you are eligible to designate another person to assist you in delivering a completed absentee or alternative ballot, print, complete, and return the following forms to the County Board of Elections:

Designation of Agent to Assist Disabled Voter in Voting by Absentee or Alternative Ballot

Certification of Designated Agent

Voter ID Law Provisions for Absentee Electors

Voters must indicate their PA Driver's License number or Penn DOT ID# or the last four digits of their Social Security number on their application, or provide a copy of an acceptable photo ID when applying for an absentee ballot.  

Identification will be verified by the County Board of Elections before the voter's ballot will be counted.  If ID is not able to be verified at the time of application, voters have six days following an election to provide the necessary identification.

Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) voters and voters affected by the Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped Act are exempt from ID verification.