Vote by Mail in Pennsylvania
Voting by mail means you request and receive a ballot in the mail — fill it out, and return it before or on election day. Remember: College students have the right to register to vote at the address they consider the place where they live — whether that's their family's home or the place where they attend school. You may only be registered and vote in one location.
In Pennsylvania, there are two options for mail-in ballots:
- Absentee ballot: If you plan to be out of the area on election day or if you have a disability or illness, you should request this ballot type, which requires you to list a reason why you're requesting an absentee ballot.
- Mail-in ballot: If you aren’t an absentee voter, you may apply for a mail-in ballot. Any voter registered in PA may request this type of ballot; you don’t need to have a reason. Students may find the mail-in ballot process to be easier to navigate than the absentee one.
- October 31, 2023: APPLICATIONS for mail-in ballots must be received.
- November 7, 2023: Mail in BALLOTS must be received by 8pm.
Interested in voting by mail, but not sure which options works for you? VotesPA offers additional explanation and resources on the types of mail ballots.
Applying for a Mail-in or Absentee Ballot (applications to be received by October 31, 2023)
If you’re a registered PA voter with a valid PA Driver’s License or PennDOT ID number, you may apply for either an absentee or mail in ballot online or you may download a paper application, fill it out, sign it, and mail it to the Delaware County Board of Elections. Once approved, you’ll receive an email when the ballot is mailed to you.
Elections are run by the 67 County boards of elections in PA. For information on how to contact DELCO election and voter registration officials, choose from the map or pull down menu.