Absentee & Mail-In Ballots
Ballot Status FAQs:
- You can look up your voter record to find out if you have applied for a ballot. To aid you in understanding your application status, please click here.
- You can track your Absentee or Mail-In Ballot using the ballot tracker on the PA Department of State website. To aid you in understanding the ballot tracker site, please click here.
- Online Absentee Ballot Application: Civilian voters can complete an application online using their PA Driver's License or PA Identification Card. This link will direct you to the PA Voter Services website.
- Absentee Ballot Application (PDF): This form is for civilians needing an absentee ballot but whose ballot will be sent to a U.S. address.
- Absentee Assistance Form (PDF): This form is used for individuals with an illness or physical disability to designate someone to pick up and/or deliver an Absentee Ballot on their behalf. This form must accompany a signed and completed Absentee Ballot Application when picking up a ballot.
Absentee Voting for Military:
Absentee Voting for Civilians Overseas:
Canceling Your Mail-In/Absentee Ballot Request:
Deadline to Apply
Absentee and mail-in ballot applications must be received at the Elections Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the primary or election. However, we highly recommend that you apply as early as possible to allow time for necessary mailings. Signed & completed applications should be returned to Cumberland County Bureau of Elections, 1601 Ritner Hwy, Suite 201, Carlisle, PA 17013. Postmarks are not accepted.
Deadline to Return Ballots
All voted absentee and mail-in ballots must be received in the Elections Office no later than 8:00 p.m. on the day of the election. Postmarks are not accepted. (Military ballots must be postmarked for return no later than the day prior to the primary or election and received in the Elections Office no later than the Tuesday following the primary or election.)
Voter ID and Ballots
Absentee and mail-in ballot applications must contain a driver’s license # or PennDOT ID#. If the voter does not have either of those then the voter may provide the last 4 digits of the Social Security #. If the voter does not have a driver’s license number, PennDOT ID number or Social Security Number, the voter may provide a copy of another acceptable form of ID, as listed below. Applications that are received without the required information will still be processed. The ballot will be sent to the voter along with a notice requesting that the information be provided. The voter has 6 days after the election to either provide the missing information via email, fax, telephone, or in person, or provide a copy of an acceptable form of ID in order for their submitted ballot to be counted.
For absentee and mail-in voters without a PA Driver’s License Number, PennDOT ID Number or Social Security Number, a copy of one of the following will be accepted: