Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots play a large part in turning out the vote and winning the campaign.  Encourage those voters with a conflict on Election Day to apply for an absentee ballot.  People to consider approaching are:

  • Elderly People – who cannot go to the polls.
  • College Students – who are away at college.
  • Handicapped People – who are not able to go to the polls.
  • Military Personnel – who are stationed away from home.
  • Truck Drivers or anyone else who travels frequently on business – who may not be in town on Election Day.
  • Doctors, Nurses, or anyone on call – who could get called in at the last minute and not be able to vote.
  • Medical Reasons – if the voter has a medical procedure scheduled and know they will not be able to go to the polls on Election Day.
  • Vacation Time – if a person knows they will be on vacation on Election Day.

You can request an absentee ballot from your local Board of Elections or download one at the PA Department of State website.  Upon completing the application and mailing it, you will receive an absentee ballot.  Or if you visit you County Board of Elections, you can fill out the application, and vote absentee in the office.  Please note, that if you receive an absentee by mail, YOU must hand deliver it to the County Board of Elections, or you may mail it.  Another person CANNOT deliver the absentee ballot for you.  Also note, the date the absentee is to be returned is the date it MUST be to the County Board of Elections, not postmarked.

Every vote does count and one vote could make or break an election.  It is very important if there is a slight chance a person cannot make it to the Polls on Election Day between 7:00 a.m.  – 8:00 p.m. that they fill out an absentee ballot.