PA Applications for Absentee Ballots Due to Counties by Oct. 26

Oct 21, 2010, 12:57 ET from Pennsylvania Department of State

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of the Commonwealth Basil L. Merenda reminds voters that the application for absentee ballots for the Nov. 2 election must be received by county boards of elections by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

"We want to make sure that every eligible person has an opportunity to vote because voting is a civic obligation that makes our democracy and government run effectively. This includes those who cannot make it to their polling place or who will be away from home on election day," Merenda said.

Examples of eligible voters who will not be able to vote in person at their precinct on election day include military and overseas citizens, students attending college away from home, people traveling for work-related business, and individuals with illnesses or disabilities that prevent them from getting to the polls.

Applications and specific guidelines for voting absentee are available at the Department of State's voters' education website,

"Voting by absentee ballot is a quick and easy process and it insures that everyone can participate in our democracy," Merenda continued.  "I urge anyone who may not be able to reach the polls on election day to apply for an absentee ballot within the next day or two."

The deadline for most voters to return an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election, Oct. 29. Military and overseas voters have a separate timeline for submitting absentee ballots, as their ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 1 and received by the county boards of elections by Nov. 9.

Pennsylvanians who are voting for the first time or are voting for the first time in a new precinct are required to provide a copy of one form of identification with their application or ballot, such as a driver's license or a current utility bill that includes the voter's name and address. A complete list of approved forms of identification is available at

For more information about voter rights, responsibilities and preparations, visit or call 1-877-VOTESPA (868-3772).

Media contacts: Leslie Amoros or Kevin Murphy, 717-783-1621

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of State