Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Pennsylvania

Warning: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it's submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Pennsylvania.

Note– this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

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Vote Before Election Day

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Early Voting Begins
Early Voting Ends
Vote By Mail Deadlines
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)
In-Person Absentee Voting

You can vote in-person absentee in your state.

To vote in person absentee you request, fill out, and return your ballot while at your county elections office.

How Vote By Mail Works in Pennsylvania

Voting by mail is a two step process in Pennsylvania.

Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is Oct. 27th.

  • Include your in-state ID number or a photocopy of a valid photo ID with your application.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
  • Return in person to your county election office or county designated dropbox by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3rd.
  • Or mail in your ballot - ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd and received by Nov. 6th to be counted. To make your postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time on Nov. 3rd. We recommend returning ASAP, especially as the post office has been unreliable lately.

Request Your Ballot
You may vote by mail for any reason

You don’t need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can vote by mail for any reason.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

After you complete your ballot, put it into the secrecy envelope and then into the return envelope. Sign the back of the larger return envelope. If you do not follow the instructions and use both envelopes your vote will not count. Here is an instructional video from the state - don't let your ballot be naked! Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

Use The Right Form of ID

First time voters that vote in person must present a valid ID. Info here on what qualifies. When you apply for a ballot by mail, you must include your in-state ID number or a photocopy of a valid ID with your application.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

Your postage is prepaid.

In Person
  • Local elections office
  • Drop box

You are the only person that can return your ballot in person.

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Click here to access. Your state does not offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will not count if it is late, or you do not follow directions.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you have an unused ballot and decide to vote in person, go to your polling place on Election Day. Bring your unused ballot and  envelopes with you. If you do not bring your unused ballot and envelopes, you will be asked to use a provisional ballot. This is better than not voting, but may not be counted.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.