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Voting by Absentee or Mail-in Ballot

June 2

Mail-in and absentee ballots must be received by the county election office by 8 pm, June 2.


On March 27, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 422, which reschedules Pennsylvania’s primary election from April 28 to June 2 due to the COVID-19 emergency. Voters have the option to vote by mail-in ballot rather than going to their polling place on election day. Mail-in ballot applications will be accepted through Tuesday, May 26, 2020. If a voter has already applied for an absentee or mail-in ballot, they do NOT need to reapply.

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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.

  • 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 – Any qualified voter may apply for a mail-in ballot. You may simply request this ballot without a reason.

In order to request either ballot type, you must be registered to vote. Please visit Check Your Registration Status to review your registration information


Which ballot should I use?

Absentee Ballot

Who may apply for an absentee ballot application?

  • 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
  • To vote by absentee ballot you must be registered to vote.

More about Absentee Ballots

Mail-in Ballot

Who may apply for a mail-in ballot application?

You may apply for a Mail-in Ballot if you are a qualified voter. You must be registered to vote in order to vote by mail-in ballot.

More about Mail-in Ballots


Voting by Mail-in Ballot

Deadlines for the June 2 Primary Election:

  • 5 pm May 26 - APPLICATIONS must be RECEIVED by your county election office
  • 8 pm June 2 - VOTED BALLOTS must be RECEIVED by your county election office - postmarks are not enough

Voted ballots may be delivered to your county election office by the deadline. Contact your county election office for their hours of operation.

Applications for mail-in and absentee ballots are no longer available for the June 2 Primary Election. Applications will be available for the 2020 November General Election after June 2, 2020.



Voting by Absentee Ballot

Deadlines for the June 2 Primary Election:

  • 5 pm May 26 - APPLICATIONS must be RECEIVED by your county election office
  • 8 pm June 2 - VOTED BALLOTS must be RECEIVED by your county election office - postmarks are not enough

Voted ballots may be delivered to your county election office by the deadline. Contact your county election office for their hours of operation.

Applications for mail-in and absentee ballots are no longer available for the June 2 Primary Election. Applications will be available for the 2020 November General Election after June 2, 2020.

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 end of this page.


Emergency Absentee Ballot

Last Minute Emergencies

In emergency situations (such as an unexpected illness or disability and last-minute absence) following the deadline at 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election, you can request an Emergency Absentee Ballot.

The deadline to submit your Emergency Absentee Ballot Application to the County Election Office is 8:00 pm on election day.