How to Vote By Mail in 2021
It’s easy to apply to Vote By Mail! You can even ask to be added to the “Annual Mail-In Ballot Request List” and get ballots for all of the elections this year. You’ll have the freedom to vote on your own schedule and the comfort of knowing you’re doing your part to stand up for our Democratic values.
Please note: In order to request a mail-in ballot, you must be registered to vote.
Did you vote by mail in the last election?
Even if you voted by mail last year, you will still need to request mail-in ballots for 2021 elections. If you enrolled in the “Annual Mail-In List,” you were automatically sent an application form in the mail. You can return that application by mail or skip the postage and request your ballot online now.
Are you registered Independent?
Don’t miss out! Independents are still eligible to vote on important ballot referendum questions in the May 18th Primary Election.
“How do I vote by mail in every election?”
When you apply for a mail-in ballot, if you indicate you would like to be added to the Annual Mail-In Ballot Request List, you will receive an application to renew your request for mail-in ballots each February. Once your application is approved, you will automatically receive ballots for the remainder of the year and you will not need to submit an application for each election. You will receive an application to renew every year until you cancel your annual mail-in or absentee status or move to another county. Apply here.
“What if I requested a ballot but I didn’t receive it, lost my ballot, or changed my mind and want to vote in-person?”
- If you don’t want to receive mail ballots for the year, just don’t return the annual application. You’ll be able to vote in-person, on election day, using a regular ballot.
- If you received a mail-in ballot, voted with it, and returned it by the deadline, you may not vote at your polling place on election day.
- If you lost your ballot, or are unsure you returned your voted mail-in ballot by the deadline, you may only vote a provisional ballot at your polling place on election day. If your mail-in ballot arrives on time, it will count as your official vote.
- If you are unable to return your mail-in ballot, just try to bring your ballot and the pre-addressed outer return envelope with you to your polling place on election day so it can be voided by the Judge of Elections. If you don’t have it, don’t worry, you
can still show up and vote provisionally.
“What forms of ID are acceptable?”
Necessary Identification – In order to apply for a mail-in ballot, you must supply your PA Driver’s License or PennDOT issued photo ID card number in the Identification section. If you do not have a PA Driver’s License or PennDOT issued photo ID card, you must supply the last four (4) digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have a valid form of either of these types of identification, please check the box titled “I do not have a PA driver’s license or a PennDOT ID card or a Social Security number” in the Identification section. If you choose this option, you must enclose a photocopy of an acceptable ID.
Please visit www.VotesPA.com/MailBallot for more information, call 1-877-VotesPA (1-877-868-3772), or contact your county board of elections.
“Where can I find additional information?”
Visit votesPA.com. Or call 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772).
DEADLINES FOR THE MAY 18 ELECTION
APPLICATIONS for a mail-in or absentee ballot must be RECEIVED by PA Voter Services or Chester County Voter Services by
May 11, 2021 at 5 pm.
Postmarks are not enough.
VOTED BALLOTS must be RECEIVED by Chester County Voter Services by
May 18, 2021 at 8 pm.
Postmarks are not enough.
Contact Elections for questions related to your polling place, when or where an election will be held and other election related information.
Director, Chester Co. Voter Svcs
Government Services Ctr.
601 Westtown Rd., Ste. 150
PO Box 2747
West Chester, PA 19380-0990