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Voting early in-person by mail-in or absentee ballot

The last day to do all-in-one early voting (applying for your ballot and voting it early in person) is 5 p.m. October 27. You may continue to drop off your mail-in ballot in person until November 3, so long as you’ve applied for it before October 27.

If you are a registered Pennsylvania voter, you can use the new early in-person voting option available under the bipartisan Act 77.

As soon as ballots are ready, you can request, receive, mark and cast your mail-in or absentee ballot all in one visit to your county election office or other designated location.

With this option, there is no need for mail at all, and you can cast your vote at your convenience.

 

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need your PennDOT ID number or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. Please refer to the list of ID requirements for mail-in or absentee ballots for more information.

 

How do I vote early?

First, check your county’s website or call your county to see if ballots are finalized and printed. Once ballots are available,  you can go to your county election office or other designated location in person and apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot. The county will process your application while you wait and, if you are eligible, they will give you your ballot.

The last day to vote early in-person is: 5 p.m. October 27.

Step 1:

Submit a completed mail-in or absentee ballot application at your county election  office or other designated location.

Step 2:

Wait for your application  to be processed.

Step 3:

Receive your ballot and mark your ballot.

Step 4:

Seal your ballot in the white inner secrecy envelope that indicates official ballot, making sure not to make any stray marks on the envelope. Your ballot must be enclosed in the white inner secrecy envelope to be counted.

Step 5:

Seal the white inner secrecy envelope inside the pre-addressed outer return envelope where you must sign. If your ballot is not enclosed in both envelopes, it will not be counted.

Step 6:

Complete and sign the voter’s declaration on the outside of the outer return envelope. If you do not sign the outer return envelope, your ballot will not be counted.

Step 7:

Hand in your ballot.


Remember: If you return your voted mail-in or absentee ballot then you cannot vote at your polling place on election day. Track the status of your mail ballot at: votesPA.com/MailBallotStatus

 

Where do I vote early?

You can vote early at your county election office or satellite county election office. The last day to do all-in-one early voting (applying for your ballot and voting it early in person) is 5 p.m. October 27. You may continue to drop off your mail-in ballot in person until November 3, so long as you’ve applied for it before October 27.

Satellite County Election Offices

Some county election boards have opened satellite offices to offer county residents added convenience. These satellite locations may be open additional hours, including weeknights and weekends. Each satellite location has a secure ballot receptacle to store voted mail-in and absentee ballots submitted at the location. 

Services available at a County Election Office or Satellite County Election Office:

  • Register to vote (no offered at all satellite locations)
  • Vote early in person (not offered at all satellite locations)
    • Apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot
    • Vote your ballot, once your application is verified
    • Return a completed ballot
  • Return a completed ballot that was mailed to you.

The list of satellite locations designated by the county election board will be updated as information is made available.

Find your county mail ballot return or early voting locations

You must return your voted ballot to a location in the county that issued your mail ballot. The map below is for general information only.

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