Voting by mail is a healthy option because you vote at home. If you go out at all, it's only to mail or drop off your ballot.
Voting by mail is also called absentee or mail-in ballots in Pennsylvania.
Deadline to return your ballot
Election Day, June 2 by 8:00 pm. All ballots must be delivered to the elections office by this time.
For voters in Allegheny, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, mailed ballots postmarked by Election Day, June 2, that arrive by June 9 will be counted.
You can track your ballot online.
How to get your ballot
All registered voters can request an absentee ballot.
The deadline to request a ballot is May 26, 2020.
- Request a ballot online.
- Download, print, and mail a request form.
- Call or visit your local elections office.
- To use the online form, you must have a state driver’s license or state-issued ID card.
If you missed the deadline to request a ballot, contact your elections office for any last-minute or emergency options.
How to return your ballot
- Put it in your own mailbox for the mail carrier to collect.
- Put it in a Post Office blue mailbox.
- Take it to a post office.
Return it in person:
- To your elections office.
Make sure your ballot counts! Remember...
Be sure to sign the declaration on the return envelope.
You have to put a stamp on your ballot envelope.
Return your ballot promptly. Postmarks don't count!
Healthy tips for voting by mail in Pennsylvania
- If you return your ballot at a mailbox or drop box, wash your hands afterwards for 20 seconds.
- If you go out to drop off your ballot, practice physical distancing and wear a mask or other face covering to protect yourself and others.
- If you need to buy stamps, consider using the Post Office’s online store, usps.com.
- If you go to a post office or store to buy stamps, wear a mask or other face covering to protect yourself, the postal clerk, and other people.
When you vote in person on Election Day, you go to a voting center to mark and cast your ballot in person. Voting centers also have accessible voting systems and language access options.
Polling places are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Limited polling places are available on Election Day.
Healthy tips for voting in person on Election Day in Pennsylvania
- Follow instructions for healthy voting at your in-person voting location.
- Wear a mask or other face covering, and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
- Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- If you can, go when the voting center will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
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