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.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

In-Person Absentee Voting

You can vote in-person absentee in your state.

In person absentee voting begins when ballots are available to each county, which takes place approximately 4 weeks before Election Day. To vote in person absentee request, fill out, and return your ballot while at your county elections office. You may do this through May 9th.

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 October 31st by 5 p.m.

  • 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. As a reminder, mail-in ballots that are not dated or are incorrectly dated will not count. Be sure to double check that you have properly dated your ballot before returning it.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

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 voter's declaration on the outside of the outer 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!

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. If applying to vote absentee or by-mail voter must submit PA driver's license number or PENN DOT ID number, or last four of social security number. No ID needs to be submitted with the absentee ballot, but the signature must match the signature on the voter registration form.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

You must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

In Person

  • Local elections office
  • Drop box

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

Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted.  

Haven't used your ballot?

Yes. Bring the ballot with you to "surrender" at the polls. If you do no have the ballot, you will vote a provisional ballot.

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.

More about voting in Pennsylvania

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.

Voting Info for Pennsylvania First Time Voter Info