How To Vote By Mail In Pennsylvania

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Here are some of the most common questions from people voting by mail for the first time. You can text the Vote By Mail hotline for Pennsylvania - (267) 710-9496 - if you any other questions not covered here.

Who is eligible to vote by mail in Pennsylvania?

Any registered Pennsylvania voter can vote by mail. If you're unsure of voter registration status, check that here.

I want to vote by mail. What do I need to do?

You can request your ballot online but just a few days left to do so!

If you do not have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID number, you can request a ballot by visiting, printing off an application and mailing it to your county election office.

What happens after I request my ballot?

You will receive an application number. Hold onto that number and take a photo of — or print out — your confirmation page for your records.

Once your county election office receives your request:

1.) The county will check to make sure that you are a registered voter in the county.

2.) They will enter your application into their system and either send you a notice that your application has been approved or notify you that your application has been rejected and an explanation why.

3.) Your ballot will be mailed to soon after.

If you provided an email address, you should receive an automatic update via email when your application is received, when it is accepted, and when your ballot is mailed to you. You can also track your ballot online.

Can I vote by mail if I'm nervous about COVID-19?

Yes. Pennsylvania distinguishes between mail-in ballots and absentee ballots. While you need an excuse to get an absentee ballot, every registered voter can apply for a mail-in ballot. Click here for to get started.

What are the differences between absentee voting and mail-in voting? Why does it matter?

Absentee voting: You should request an absentee ballot if you plan to be out o the municipality where you are registered to vote on Election Day, or if you have a disability or illness that prevents you from getting to the polls. You’ll need to list a reason for requesting an absentee ballot.

Mail-in ballot: Any registered voter who is not qualified to vote absentee is qualified to vote by mail. Unlike absentee voting, you don’t need an excuse to request a vote by mail ballot.

What’s the deadline to apply for my ballot?

Your county election office must receive your application for either your mail-in ballot or absentee ballot by 5 p.m. on Oct. 27. BUT to get your ballot in time to fill out and return, you should request RIGHT NOW.

How do I fill out my mail in ballot? Anything I should watch out for?

Yes! There are some simple rules you should follow to ensure your vote is counted. Check out instructions here.

When is my ballot due?

Your ballot must be postmarked by Nov. 3 (Election Day) and received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 6. We recomend mailing it back by Oct. 20. Click here for to get started.

When should I mail in my ballot?

As soon as possible. Give yourself as much time as possible to ensure your ballot gets to the county by the deadline – USPS mail can take several days to reach its destination. And remember that you can drop off your voted ballot at your county elections office.

What if I lose my ballot or did not receive it?

If you lose your mail-in ballot or it does not arrive, you should call your county elections office or the Department of State at 1-877-VOTESPA (option 3). If you haven’t received your ballot by election day, you can still vote at the polls using a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots ensure that voters are not excluded from the voting process due to an administrative error. They provide a fail-safe mechanism for voters who arrive at the polls on Election Day.

Is voting by mail secure?

Yes! Voting by mail is a secure system with safeguards against fraud. Active military, seniors, and people who are sick have used mail in ballots for decades. The integrity of our vote by mail system is strong and we can ensure every vote is counted. Whether you vote from home or at a polling place, you can have confidence that your vote will be counted.

Can I track my ballot?

Yes. You can do that here.

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