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

If you are a registered Pennsylvania voter, you can use the early, in-person voting option.

As soon as ballots are ready, you can request, receive, vote and cast your mail-in or absentee ballot all in one visit to your county election board 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 available. If ballots are available, you can go to your county election board 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.

October 26, 2021 is the last day to vote early in-person in the in the November 2, 2021 Municipal Election.

Step 1:

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

Step 2:

Patiently wait for your application to be verified and processed (this may take a few minutes).

Step 3:

Receive your ballot and mark your ballot.

Step 4:

Seal your ballot in the white inner secrecy envelope that indicates "official elections ballot", making sure not to make any marks on the envelope. Your ballot must be enclosed and sealed in the white inner secrecy envelope or it will not be counted.

Step 5:

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

Step 6:

Complete, sign, and date the voter's declaration on the outside of the outer return envelope. If you do not sign and date 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.


Where do I vote early?

You can vote early at your county election board or other officially designated location. You may drop off your mail-in ballot in person until 8 p.m. on Election Day, so long as you have applied for it before the deadline. The deadline to apply for a ballot in-person for the 2021 municipal election is 5 p.m., October 26, 2021.

Check your county's website for information