Voting by Mail in Pennsylvania

Voting by mail is safe, secure, and convenient! In 2020, over 2.6 MILLION Pennsylvanians cast their ballot by mail.

**REMINDER: All PA voters must sign-up for a mail-in ballot in 2021 even if you signed up for the annual list in 2020.**

Who may apply for a mail-in ballot?

Any registered Pennsylvania voter can choose to vote by mail in any election.

What is the deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot?

The deadline to apply to vote by mail in the 2021 primary is Tuesday, October 26th, 2021.

How do I apply for a mail-in ballot?

You’ve got options.

  • Apply for a ballot online, using VOTE.pa.
  • Mail-in your application to your county voter registration office. Find your county election office here
  • Apply in person at your county election office.

When is the deadline to return my mail-in ballot?

Your ballot must be RECEIVED by your County Election Office by Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 at 8pm EST. To ensure your ballot is received by the deadline, return it as soon as possible.

How do I complete and return my mail-in ballot?

  1. Read the instructions carefully and mark your ballot using a blue or black pen. Be sure to complete the front and back of each page.
  2. Seal your ballot in the smaller, inner secrecy envelope that indicates “official election ballot.” Do not make any marks on this envelope.
  3. Seal the inner secrecy envelope in the larger, pre-addressed outer return envelope. Sign and date the voter’s declaration on the outside of the outer return envelope.
  4. Return your ballot via USPS ASAP or drop it at a secure dropbox in your neighborhood.

What’s the deal with the two envelopes?

If you’re voting by mail, you MUST use both envelopes when returning your ballot. Put your completed ballot in the small envelope, then put that into the larger envelope. Sign it, seal it, and return it via USPS or at a secure dropbox in your neighborhood.

Can I track my mail-in ballot after I return it?

Yes, you can track your ballot using www.vote.pa/track. Due to high volume, it may take a few days for your ballot to be processed. If you don’t see an updated status within 4-5 days of dropping off your ballot, or believe your ballot was lost, contact your county election office.

What is a mail-in ballot?

Mail-in ballots allow you to vote from the comfort of your home or in-person at your county board of elections office or any other designated location before Election Day.

Both absentee and mail-in ballots are considered mail ballots. The main difference is between the two is:

  • Absentee ballot: you need to provide a valid reason to vote by mail.
  • Mail-in ballot: you don’t need to provide a reason.

What if I never received my ballot?

If you requested your mail-in ballot and have not received it within 14 business days of that request, contact your local county election office for further assistance.

**If you are less than one week out from Election Day and have not received your mail-in ballot, call your country elections office right now as you may need to vote provisionally in-person at your polling place.**

How do I get a replacement ballot / what if there is something wrong with the ballot I received?

If there is anything wrong with your ballot, including a missing secrecy envelope, contact your county election office so they can send you a replacement or provide other guidance on casting your ballot.