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The Ins and Outs of Mail-In Ballots

Remember these key details and deadlines before Election Day

October 28, 2022

If you’re interested in receiving a mail-in ballot, the deadline to apply is coming soon.

Registered Pennsylvania voters have until November 1 to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot at their county board of elections office. If you’re looking to receive a mail-in ballot, there are a few important things to consider, such as where to apply, upcoming deadlines, and the key details to make sure your vote is counted.

As we approach the deadline, here’s what you need to know:

  • About the deadline:  The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is 5 p.m. on November 1. Your application must be received in your county board of elections office by that time. Postmarks do not count.
  • Your elections office:  Your county board of elections office can be found online.
  • Returning your ballot:  The deadline to return your completed ballot is 8 p.m. on November 8. Your completed ballot must be received by the county board of elections by that time.
  • Important note:  The state Supreme Court is determining whether ballots returned without a date should be counted. After completing your ballot, be sure to sign and date the outer envelope.
    • Also remember to place your ballot in the secrecy envelope and seal it. Both the inner and out envelopes must be used for your vote to count.
  • Questions?:  Contact 877-VOTESPA (877-868-3772).

HAP joins organizations across the commonwealth encouraging eligible Pennsylvanians to vote in the upcoming elections. Information about voting by mail also is available online.