If you are away at school, out of your voting precinct, or physically unable to vote in person on Election Day, you can vote by Absentee Ballot. To vote by absentee ballot, you must be registered to vote.
Voting absentee is a 2-step process:
1. Apply for an absentee ballot, by 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday before Election Day. The ballot will be sent to you by mail.
2. Fill out the absentee ballot and return it to the Delaware County Bureau of Elections by 4:30 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day.
Step 1 — Apply for an Absentee Ballot
1. Obtain a printed Absentee Ballot Application from:
- Delaware County Bureau of Elections, at the Government Center Building in Media or online
- Your state representative's office
2. Fill out the Absentee Ballot Application.
If you have a Pennsylvania Driver’s License or PennDot-issued photo ID, enter the license or ID number on the form. Otherwise:
- Enter the last 4 digits of your Social Security number, or check the box “I DO NOT have a PA DL#, PennDot ID# or SS#.”
- Include a copy of another acceptable form of identification, such as your voter registration card, with your application. If you aren’t sure what other forms of identification are acceptable, call Voter Services at 610-891-4659 or go to http://www.votespa.com/en-us/Pages/First-Time-Voter.aspx.
3. Mail or hand-deliver the Absentee Ballot Application by 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday before Election Day, to: County of Delaware Bureau of Elections, Government Center Building, 201 W. Front Street , Media, PA 19063
IMPORTANT: If you mail your application, make sure it is received by 4:30 p.m. on the Tuesday before Election Day. Your application must actually arrive by this time—simply being postmarked by the deadline is insufficient.
Step 2 — Fill Out and Return Your Absentee Ballot
Once you receive your ballot in the mail:
- Carefully read and follow the instructions on the ballot.
- Sign and date where indicated. Be sure to sign your name exactly as it appears on your voter registration card. (Call Voter Services at (610) 891-4659 if you are unsure of how your name appears on your voter registration card.)
- Mail the completed ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope, or hand-deliver it yourself to the Delaware County Bureau of Elections, by 4:30 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day.
Pennsylvania State law prohibits anyone other than the voter from hand-delivering their voter absentee ballot to the Delaware County Bureau of Elections, except for those with disabilities.