Voting by Mail
Q: What is Vote by Mail?
A: Act 136, SLH 2019 implements all elections be conducted by mail. The law removes using polling places where voters cast their ballots on election day, and instead a ballot is automatically mailed to registered voters.
Q: How do I vote?
A: You must be a registered voter to receive a ballot. Your County Elections Division will mail your ballot packet approximately 18 days before the election.
Once you have voted your ballot, simply place the ballot in the secrecy sleeve ensuring your right to secrecy, and then place into the return envelope. Be sure to sign the return envelope. A return envelope without a signature will not be counted. The return envelope is postage paid via the U.S. Postal Service and addressed to your Clerk’s Office.
You may return your voted ballot: by mail, or in-person at a designated place of deposit. All ballots must be received by the Clerk’s Office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Postmarks do not count!
Q: When can I expect to receive my ballot?
A: Voters should expect to receive their General Election mail ballot packet approximately 18 days prior to each election. If they do not, they should contact their County Elections Division for a replacement.
Q: What is the recommended deadline to return my ballot by mail?
A: Voters returning their voted ballot by mail is recommended to do so at least a week prior to Election Day. Voters may also drop off their voted ballot to a voter service center within their county.
Q: What if I didn’t receive my ballot?
A: Ballot packets are mailed to all properly registered voters approximately 18 days before the election. If you do not receive your ballot packet, contact your Clerk’s Office.
Q: What if I make a mistake on my ballot?
A: If you make a mistake, misplace, or damage your ballot, you may request for a replacement ballot with your Clerk’s Office.
Q: Will my vote still count if I did not vote on all measures and/or candidates?
A: Yes, your ballot will still be counted.
Q: Can I change my mind after I’ve returned the ballot?
A: No. Once you return your ballot and is received by the Clerk’s Office, it is considered cast and you will not be able to receive a new ballot.
Q: Why do I have to sign the return ballot envelope?
A: Your signature on the return envelope enables election officials to verify you as the voter. The signature you provide on the return ballot envelope is verified against the signature on file in your voter registration record. If you do not sign your return ballot envelope, your ballot will not be counted.
Q: How can I receive my ballot if I’m on vacation or away at college?
A: Voters who will be away during the election may request for their ballot to be mailed to another address. Simply complete a one-time absentee application and indicate where you would like your ballot to be mailed to.
Q: Can I still vote in-person?
A: Yes, you may vote in-person by visiting any voter service center in your county. Voter service centers are open 10 days through Election Day for in-person voting, same day registration and accessible voting.