HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés today reminded voters that requests for absentee ballots must be completed, signed, and received by their County Board of Elections no later than 5 p.m. Friday, November, 4.
"As everyone knows, we have a very important General Election coming up on November 8," Cortés said. "Absentee balloting gives eligible Pennsylvanians who are unable to go to the polls on Election Day the opportunity to exercise their right to vote."
Absentee ballots may be cast by deployed members of the military, Pennsylvania students attending out-of-state colleges or universities, individuals with illnesses or disabilities, and individuals who will be away from their municipality on business on Election Day.
Applicants will be asked to supply basic voter registration information and to specify a reason for applying to vote absentee.
Although the deadline to apply is November 1, Cortés encouraged citizens who must vote by absentee ballot to submit their requests and vote their absentee ballot in person at their County Board of Elections Office.
"Completed absentee ballots must be received by county election offices no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, November 4," Cortés explained. "Due to recent cutbacks in service by the U.S. Postal Service, anyone who is planning to mail their absentee ballot risks missing that deadline."
Pennsylvanians applying for an absentee ballot must provide their driver's license or PennDOT ID number. If they do not have a driver's license or PennDOT ID, they must give the last four digits of their Social Security number. If a voter has neither, he or she must present a copy of an acceptable photo ID. A list of approved alternative types of identification is available at votesPA.com.
An absentee voter can designate someone else to deliver the absentee application and ballot if he or she is physically unable to do so. Certification of Designated Agent forms are also available online.
For additional information, call 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit votesPA.com.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of State