Absentee/Mail-In Ballot

 
Absentee Ballot Application 
Mail-In Ballot Application
 Permanent Status Cancellation Form

Military/Overseas/Federal Ballot Application

Absentee/Mail-In Ballot applications may be found by clicking the links at the top of this page.
Completed applications can be mailed or returned to:
Lehigh County Voter Registration
17 S 7th St, Allentown PA 18101-2401

 

 Notice to All Absentee/Mail-In Voters:   If you receive an absentee/Mail-In 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 ballot by the deadline, you may vote a provisional ballot ONLY at your polling place on election day.

Who may request to 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

Who may request to vote by Mail-In Ballot?

  • Any registered Voter who lives in Lehigh County and does not want to go to the polls on Election Day. This is a no excuse application. If you have a reason why you can't go to the polls on election day, then an absentee application must be used.

How do I apply for an Absentee/Mail-In Ballot?

You may complete an application for an absentee/Mail-In ballot by submitting in person, online or by mail from this website. Use the link above to print the application.  
Applications submitted online can be done a www.votespa.com with a valid PA Driver's License or PA State ID

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/Mail-In ballot.
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 if none was provided at the time applied.

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/Mail-In Ballot Applications?

  • In most cases, any time, up to and including the deadline date..

What is the deadline to apply for an Absentee/Mail-In Ballot?

All ballot applications must be received in the Lehigh County Voter Registration Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 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/Mail-In Ballot be returned?

All voted ballots must be received in the Voter Registration office by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, for the Primary, and by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, for the General Election.
POSTMARKS WILL BE ACCEPTED!
NOTE: Any voted ballot received in our office after the designated deadline will be counted up to 5:00 p.m. 3 days after the Election, if postmarked November 3rd..
Please allow for the necessary time if mailing the ballot back to us. This office has no control over how or when we receive mail from USPS or what happens to your ballot once it
leaves our office.

Do I have to know my precinct in order to apply for a 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 will process your application.

Can I FAX my Ballot application?

NO! The absentee voter's original signature, NO digitized will be signature accepted. YES!

Is there 'Early Voting' in Pennsylvania?

NO!  Only Absentee/Mail-In 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.

How can I have my name placed on the permanent Mail-In list?

When completing the application simply check the box in section #7 of the mail-in application when applying for a ballot.

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