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.
You don’t need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can vote by mail for any reason.
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.
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.
Your postage is prepaid.
You are the only person that can return your ballot in person.
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.
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.
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.