Absentee Ballots

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Deadline to Apply
Absentee ballot applications must be received by the Election Office no later than 5:00 pm on the Tuesday prior to the primary or election. However, we highly recommend that you apply as early as possible to allow time for necessary mailings. Postmarks are not accepted.

Deadline to Return All voted absentee ballots must be received by Voter Services no later than 5:00 pm on the Friday prior to the primary or election. Postmarks are not accepted. 

Voter ID and Absentee Ballots
The absentee ballot process required by the Voter ID law has not changed. All requirements of the Voter ID law relative to absentee balloting still exist. Absentee ballot applications must contain a driver’s license# or PennDOT ID#. If the voter does not have either of those then the voter may provide the last 4 digits of the Social Security #. If the voter does not have a driver’s license number, PennDOT ID number or Social Security Number, the voter may provide a copy of another acceptable form of ID, as listed below. Applications that are received without the required information will still be processed. The ballot will be sent to the voter along with the absentee ballot notice requesting that the information be provided. The voter has 6 days after the election to either provide the missing information via email, fax, telephone, or in person, or provide a copy of an acceptable form of ID. Should a voter provide the information via telephone, we recommend you make a notation of the date and time.

For absentee voters without a driver’s license #, PennDOT ID # or Social Security #, a copy of one of the following: 

  • Photo IDs issued by the U.S. Government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including:
    •     U.S. passport 
    •     U.S. military ID (active duty and retired military IDs may designate an expiration date that is indefinite). Military dependents’ IDs must contain a current expiration date. 
    •     Pennsylvania Department of State ID for voting
  • Employee photo identification issued by Federal, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania County, or Pennsylvania Municipal government
  • Photo identification issued by an accredited Pennsylvania public or private institution of higher learning
  • Photo identification issued by a Pennsylvania care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences and personal care homes
  • In the case of a voter who has a RELIGIOUS OBJECTION to being photographed, acceptable IDs include the following: 
    •     Pennsylvania valid without-photo driver’s license