Who can vote with an absentee ballot?
Registered voters who expect to be away from their home in Pennsylvania for the entire time polling places are open on election day can vote by absentee ballot.
The following people may vote by absentee ballot if they are registered to vote:
A person with an illness or physical disability who is unable to go to the polling place or to operate a voting machine and obtain assistance by distinct and audible statements. (Note: A voter with a disability may have permanent absentee voter status.)
- A person who will not go to a polling place on election day because of the observance of a religious holiday.
A spouse or dependent residing with or accompanying a person in the military service of the United States.
A member of the Merchant Marine and their spouse and dependents residing with or accompanying them.
A member of a religious or welfare group attached to and serving with the armed forces and their spouse and dependents residing with or accompanying them.
A spouse or dependent accompanying a person employed by the Commonwealth or the federal government, whose duties, occupation or business on election day require them to be away from the Commonwealth or their municipality of residence.
An individual, and their spouse and dependents residing with or accompanying them, with duties, occupation or business (including leaves of absence for teaching, vacations and sabbatical leaves) away from their official residence on election day.
A county employee who expects that their election day duties relating to the conduct of the election will prevent them from voting.
You may be able to vote with an absentee ballot even if you did not register to vote before an election.
- A person who is or may be in the military service of the United States. They can be in Pennsylvania on election day or not. Voters in the military do not have to register before election day.
- A qualified war veteran who is bedridden or hospitalized due to illness or physical disability if they are absent from the municipality where they live and unable to attend his/her polling place because of such illness or disability.