Lehigh County Absentee Ballot Application

Absentee Ballot

 
Absentee Ballot Application 

Military/Overseas Absentee Application

Absentee ballot applications may be printed from the Link at the top of this page and mailed to:

Lehigh County Voter Registration
17 S. Seventh St.
Allentown, PA 18101-2401

 Notice to All Absentee Voters:   If you receive an absentee ballot and return your voted ballot by the deadline, you may NOT vote at your polling place on election day. If you are unable to return your voted absentee ballot by
the deadline, you may vote a provisional ballot ONLY at your polling place on election day.

Who may vote by Absentee Ballot?

  • Members of the armed forces whether registered or not.
  • Hospitalized or bedridden veterans OUTSIDE the county of residence, whether registered or not.
  • Spouses and dependents of members of the armed forces residing with or accompanying them and absent from the municipality of residence.
  • Members of the Merchant Marine, and their spouses and dependents residing with or accompanying them and absent from the municipality of residence.
  • Persons in a religious or welfare group and their spouses and dependents residing with or accompanying them and absent from the municipality of residence.
  • Persons who, because of illness or physical disability, are unable to attend their polling place.
  • Persons that expect to be absent from the municipality of residence because of duties, vacation, occupation or business.
  • Persons that will be observing a religious holiday.
  • County employees who cannot vote due to duties on election day

How do I apply for an Absentee Ballot?

You may make application for an absentee ballot by submitting (in person or by mail) an application to Lehigh County Voter Registration. All applications must contain the following information.

  1. Name of voter
  2. Residential address
  3. Date of birth
  4. Reason for request
  5. Where to mail ballot
  6. Signature of applicant
  7. Voters must provide PA drivers license number, last 4 digits of Social Security Number, or a copy of an accepted photo ID when applying for an absentee ballot.
  8. Identification will be verified by the county board of elections before the voters ballot will be counted. Voters have 6 days following an election to provide the necessary identification.
    Voters may provide identifying number to county over the phone, by email or mail. UOCAVA voters and voters affected by the Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped Act are exempt.

Approved forms of photo ID All with valid expiration Dates are as follows:

  • Pa driver's license or ID card issued by PennDOT
  • ID issued by any other Commonwealth agency
  • ID issued by the US Government
  • US Passport
  • US Armed Forces ID
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID

When can I apply for an Absentee Ballot/Submit Applications?

  • First day to receive an application is March 9, 2020 for the General Primary held on April 28, 2020.
  • First day to receive an application is September 14, 2020 for the General Election held on November 3, 2020.

What is the deadline to apply for an Absentee Ballot?

Absentee ballot applications must be received by the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 for the General Primary or, Tuesday, October 27, 2020 for the General Election. NO POSTMARKS WILL BE ACCEPTED!
However, it is highly recommended that you apply as early as possible to allow time for necessary mailings.  This office has no control over how or when we receive mail from USPS.

When must the Absentee Ballot be returned?

All voted absentee ballots must be received by the Voter Registration office by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, for the Primary, and by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, for the General Election. NO POSTMARKS WILL BE ACCEPTED!
NOTE: Any voted ballot received in our office after the designated deadline will NOT be counted.
Please allow the necessary time if mailing the ballot back to us. This office has no control over how or when we receive mail from USPS.

Do I have to know my precinct in order to apply for an Absentee Ballot?

It is probably beneficial to know your precinct, but not necessary. If you are a qualified elector, in Lehigh County, the Voter Registration office can process your application.

Can I FAX my Absentee Ballot application or apply online?

NO! The absentee voter's original signature, NO digitized will be signature accepted. YES! You can apply online at www.votespa.com with a valid Pennsylvania Driver's License ONLY and you must be a registered voter before applying.   

Is there 'Early Voting' in Pennsylvania?

NO!  Only Absentee voting. 

How can I have my name placed on the permanent disability absentee list?

Permanently sick or disabled voters may be placed on a list to automatically receive an absentee ballot application annually that must be completed to vote for that election year.
The permanent affidavit can be found on page 2 of the absentee application and must be signed/completed by a physician. For Further assistance call the County Voter Office at 610-782-3194.

**Important Information for All Absentee Voters: With the exception of absentee voters who have a disability or who are overseas, all Absentee Ballots must be delivered to the County Board of Elections either in person or through the U.S. Postal Service. Absentee Ballots delivered by any other means for absentee voters who don't have a disability will not be accepted by the County Board of Elections. Absentee Ballots and Alternative Ballots delivered for voters who do have a disability may be delivered by a third party who has written authorization from the disabled absentee or alternative ballot voter. Absentee Ballots delivered for an absentee voter who is overseas on Election Day may be made by an overseas delivery service.