AFA of PA ACTION ALERT
May 9, 2019
Deadline to Apply for Absentee Ballot is Approaching
Is there some reason you can’t make it to the polls on May 21st? The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is May 14th. From the PA state website: “Absentee ballots may be cast by individuals with illnesses or disabilities, individuals who will be away from their municipality on business on Election Day, Pennsylvania students attending out-of-state colleges or universities, and deployed members of the military.
Completed ballots may be returned in person or mailed to the voter’s county election office. The voted ballots must be received in the county office by 5 p.m. the Friday before the May 21 primary. A timely postmark is not sufficient.
Absentee ballots voted by members of the military deployed overseas will be received until 5 p.m. May 28 by county boards of elections.”
As you can see, if you wait till the last minute the window in which to act to vote by absentee ballot is very narrow. So, if you know you will not be able to make it to the polls on May 21st, contact your county election office ASAP.
If you cannot go to your polling place on May 21st, you have until close of business on May 14th to apply for an absentee ballot. The best way to get an application is to go to your county election office personally and fill it out there or print a copy here and fill it out to take to your county election office. It must be back in the county election office by close of business on May 17th.
Contact information for each county election office is on page 3 at the above link.