Absentee Ballots


  • Civilians overseas, Military, their spouses and dependents: A Federal Post Card Application is for use by military members, their spouses & their dependents and civilians who will be overseas during the primary or election and require their ballot be sent to an overseas address. This form can be used for more than one primary or election. This form serves as an application for an absentee ballot and a registration form.
  • Online Civilian Absentee Ballot Application: Civilian voters can complete an application online using their PA Driver's License or PA Identification Card. This option is available beginning 50 days prior to a primary or election and will be disabled at 5:00 pm on the Tuesday prior to a primary or election.
  • Civilian Absentee Ballot Application (PDF): This form is for civilians needing an absentee ballot but whose ballot will be sent to a U.S. address.

  • Absentee Assistance Form (PDF): This form is used for individuals with an illness or physical disability to designate someone to pick up and/or deliver an Absentee Ballot on their behalf. This form must accompany a signed and completed Civilian Absentee Ballot Application when picking up a ballot.

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Deadline to Apply

Absentee ballot applications must be received in the Elections 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 in the Elections Office no later than 5:00 pm on the Friday prior to the primary or election. Postmarks are not accepted. (Military ballots must be postmarked for return no later than the day prior to the primary or election and received in the Elections Office no later than the Tuesday following the primary or election.)

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. 

For absentee voters without a PA Driver’s License Number, PennDOT ID Number or Social Security Number, a copy of one of the following will be accepted: 

  • 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