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PA Mail-in & Absentee Ballot Information

  

PA Mail-in and Absentee Ballots

Source: https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Mail-and-Absentee-Ballot.aspx


PLEASE NOTE: Special Elections held BEFORE 4/28/2020 are NOT affected by Act 77. This means that:

Mail-in ballots are NOT available for elections prior to April 28, 2020. Special election voters can apply for an absentee ballot by completing the paper application form and submitting it to your County Election Office.


Voting by Absentee or Mail-in Ballot: Absentee and mail-in ballot applications for the April 28, 2020, primary election must be received by your county election office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.


PLEASE NOTE: Voters should use the older absentee ballot application for special elections PRIOR to 4/28/2020. The information below regarding absentee and mail-in ballots take effect for the April 28, 2020, primary election.


What are mail ballots? In Pennsylvania, you now have two options for mail ballots. You may either choose a mail-in ballot or an absentee ballot to request, complete, and return to your county election office. In order to request either ballot type, you must be registered to vote. Please visit Check Your Registration Status to review your registration information


Absentee ballot – If you plan to be out of the municipality on election day or if you have a disability or 

illness, you should request this ballot type, which still requires you to list a reason for your ballot.


Mail-in ballot – If you aren’t an absentee voter, you may apply for a mail-in ballot. You may simply request this ballot without a reason.


Who may apply for an absentee ballot?

College students who are not registered to vote at their school address

People whose work or vacation take them away from the municipality where they live

Those with a physical disability or illness that prevents them from going to the polling place

Members of the military

People who may have a conflict due to the celebration of a religious holiday

Inmates who haven't been convicted of a felony


Who may apply for a mail-in ballot? You may apply for a Mail-in Ballot if you do not qualify for an Absentee Ballot. You must be registered to vote in order to vote by mail-in ballot.


Voting by Mail-in Ballot: Mail-in ballot applications for the April 28, 2020, primary election must be received by your county election office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.


How do I apply for a mail-in ballot?

Option 1: Apply online at VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot

Registered voters can apply for a mail-in ballot online with a valid PA driver's license or photo I.D. from the PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Military and overseas voters should visit the information for military and overseas voters web page for information on how they can obtain an absentee ballot.

Option 2: Apply by mail

Step 1: Complete a paper mail-in ballot application:

Download and print a mail-in ballot application (in English or Spanish)

Fill in the paper mail-in ballot application.

Step 2: Mail your application: Send your mail-in ballot application to the county election office.  

The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is one week before the election. 

Option 3: Apply in person at your county election office. Once your county's ballot is finalized and available, you may request and promptly receive your mail-in ballot. Send a signed letter to your county election office. You must include the same information as that on the application form. Contact your county election office for more information. If your application is accepted, you will get a mail-in ballot with instructions from your county election office.


What’s an annual mail-in ballot request? You now have the option to request to be added to an annual mail-in ballot request list where you’ll receive an application to renew your mail-in ballot request each year. Once your application is approved, you will automatically receive ballots for the remainder of the year, and you do not need to submit an application for each election.


How do I vote with a mail-in ballot?

1. Mark your ballot, following the instructions.

2. Place your ballot in the secrecy envelope and then put the secrecy envelope into the official envelope. 

Be sure to sign the form, or your ballot may not count.

3. Return your ballot so it arrives at the county election office on time.


Voting by Absentee Ballot: An absentee ballot is a ballot sent to you by mail. You can mark and cast the ballot by returning it to the county election office.


Deadline: Absentee ballot applications for the April 28, 2020, primary election must be received by your county election office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Deadline Exception: If you have an emergency you may still be able to get an absentee ballot after the deadline, called an emergency absentee ballot. You can find information about how to get an emergency absentee ballot at the website votespa.com.


How do I apply for an absentee ballot?

Option 1: Apply for an Absentee Ballot Online at VotesPA.com/ApplyAbsentee

Registered voters can apply for an absentee ballot online with a valid PA driver's license or photo I.D. from the PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Military and overseas voters should visit the information for military and overseas voters web page for information on how they can obtain an absentee ballot.

Option 2: Apply for an Absentee Ballot by mail

Step 1: Complete a paper absentee ballot application:

Download and print an absentee ballot application (in English or Spanish)

Fill in the paper absentee ballot application. 

Mark the reason why you cannot get to the polling place on election day. 

In Pennsylvania, you must meet one of the listed reasons.

Step 2: Mail your application to the county election office. 

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is one week before the election. 

Members of the military can apply at any time.

Option 3: Apply in person at your county election office. Send a signed letter to your county election office. You must include the same information as that on the application form. Contact your county election office for more information. If your application is accepted, you will get an absentee ballot with instructions from your county election office.


What’s an annual absentee ballot request?

You now have the option to request to be added to an annual absentee ballot request list where you’ll receive an application to renew your absentee ballot request each year. This only applies if you have a permanent disability or illness when applying for this option when submitting an absentee ballot application. Once your application is approved, you will automatically receive ballots for the remainder of the year, and you do not need to submit an application for each election.

How do I vote with an absentee ballot?

1. Mark your ballot, following the instructions.

2. Place your ballot in the secrecy envelope and then put the secrecy envelope into the official envelope. 

Be sure to sign the form, or your ballot may not count.

3. Return your ballot so it arrives at the county election office on time.

Changes in PA Election Code

  

Act 77 Makes Historic Changes to PA Election Code 

https://www.votespa.com/About-Elections/Pages/Voting-Reforms.aspxv

On October 31, 2019, Governor Wolf signed Act 77 of 2019 into law. The Act is an historic election reform bill that makes the most significant improvements to Pennsylvania’s elections in more than 80 years. Act 77 allows more convenient and secure voting. Most voters can now vote by mail-in ballot, and voters will have more time to register to vote and to return their absentee or mail-in ballots. In addition, the Act provides $90 million in funding for new voting systems. There are a number of other improvements, which are summarized below:


Mail-In Voting:You may now vote by mail-in ballot, unless you qualify as an absentee voter, in which case you must vote by absentee ballot. If you want to vote by mail you must apply for a mail-in ballot. You do not need to provide a reason or excuse if you want to use a mail-in ballot. The county must receive your application for a mail-in ballot by 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election.


You can return your voted mail-in ballot by mailing it to your county board of elections using the envelope provided, or you can drop it off in person at the board of election’s office. Whichever way you choose, the County must receive your voted ballot by 8:00 p.m. on election day in order for it to be counted.


You may also ask to be placed on a permanent mail-in voter list. If you are on this list, you will have a mail-in ballot application mailed to you by the first Monday in February each year. If you complete and return the application, the county will send you ballots in the mail for all the elections that take place that year, as well as for any special election held through the third Monday in February of the next year. For example, if you return your completed mail-in application in February 2020, you will automatically receive a ballot for the April 28, 2020, Primary and the November 3, 2020, General Election, as well as ballots for any special elections held on or before February 15, 2021.


If you are sent a mail-in ballot and the county receives your voted ballot by the deadline (8:00 p.m. on election day), you may not vote at your polling place. Your vote is considered final at that point. 


However, if you mailed your ballot too late, or you aren’t sure whether the county received your voted ballot in time, you may be able to vote a provisional ballot at your polling place. If you were sent a mail-in ballot, but your polling place has no record of having received it, you may vote by provisional ballot. However, if the county does receive your voted mail-in ballot in time, that ballot, not your provisional ballot, will be counted. Remember, you may always return your mail-in ballot at the county board of election’s office by 8:00 p.m. on election day.


Finally, counties are authorized to begin processing mail-in applications more than 50 days before the election. Beginning 50 days before the election, counties must begin transmitting mail-in ballots as soon as the ballot is certified and the ballots are available. Counties may await the result of a court proceeding that would affect the content of ballots before delivering mail-in ballots, but in any case, counties must begin to send out mail-in and absentee ballots no later than the second Tuesday before the election.


See Website for “More about mail-in and absentee ballots” and to “Apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot.”

Voter Registration Deadline: The deadline to register to vote is now 15 days before an election, rather than 30 days. If your voter registration application is denied, the deadlines to appeal the decision have also changed.


Absentee Balloting: The deadline for a county to receive a regular civilian absentee ballot is now 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. Regular civilian absentee ballots received after this time will not be counted unless a Court has extended the deadline.


If you are sent a regular civilian absentee ballot and the county receives your voted ballot by the deadline (8:00 p.m. on election day), you may not vote at your polling place. Your vote is considered final at that point. However, if you mailed your ballot too late, or you aren’t sure whether the county received your voted ballot in time, you may be able to vote a provisional ballot at the polling place. If you were sent a regular civilian absentee ballot, but your polling place has no record the ballot was voted and received, you may vote by provisional ballot. However, if the county does receive your voted ballot in time, that ballot, not your provisional ballot, will be counted. Remember, you may always return your absentee ballot at the county board of elections office by 8:00 p.m. on election day.


The process for obtaining an emergency absentee ballot has been simplified. More than one voter may now designate the same person to deliver their ballot. For example, the same hospital employee may deliver ballots for multiple patients.


Counties must now process absentee applications beginning 50 days before the election. Counties may wait for the result of a court proceeding that would affect what’s on the ballots before delivering absentee ballots. In any case, counties must begin, at the latest, to deliver absentee ballots by the second Tuesday before the election.


Finally, if you have a permanent disability, you may ask to be placed on a permanent absentee voter list. If you are on this list, you will have an absentee ballot application mailed to you by the first Monday in February each year. If you complete and return the application, the county will send you ballots in the mail for all the elections that take place that year, as well as for any special election held through the third Monday in February of the next year. For example, if you return your completed absentee application in February 2020, you will automatically receive a ballot for the April 28, 2020, Primary and the November 3, 2020, General Election, as well as ballots for any special elections held on or before February 1, 2021.


No Straight-Party Voting: You no longer have a shortcut straight-party button to vote for all candidates of one party. However, this change does not prevent you from selecting only candidates from one party. It simply removes the shortcut button option. If you want to vote for all candidates of one party, you will have to select the candidates one at a time.

No Stickers to Vote for Write-in Candidates: You are not allowed to use stickers or paste-on labels for write-in candidates because the ballot-scanning machines cannot read them and may become jammed. The law now says that write-in names may be written or stamped.