Absentee And Mail-in Voting
You are now able to apply for a Civilian absentee ballot or mail-in ballot online with a Pennsylvania ID. To do so, please click HERE
Obtaining a Ballot
In Montgomery County, you now have two options for mail ballots. You may either choose an absentee ballot or a mail-in ballot to request, complete, and return to our office.
Absentee Ballot- If you plan to be out of the municipality on election day or if you have a disability or illness, you should request an absentee ballot, which still requires you to list a reason for your ballot
Mail-in Ballot- If you aren't an absentee voter, you may apply for a mail-in ballot. You may request this ballot without a reason.
In order to request either ballot type, you must first be registered to vote.
Which Ballot Should I Use?
Who may apply using an absentee application?
- College students who are not registered to vote at their school address
- People whose work or vacation take them away from the municipality where they live between the hours of 7am and 8pm
- Those with a physical disability or ilness that prevents them from going to the polling place
- Members of the military (Please use the FPCA application)
- People who have a conflict due to the celebration of a religious holiday
- Inmates who haven't been convicted of a felony
- You may apply for a mail-in ballot if you do not qualify for an absentee ballot.
For those who are permanently ill or disabled, Permanent Absentee status is available. These voters will automatically receive an application in early February each year that, if returned, will let them receive all ballots in the calendar year in which they are eligible to vote. To register for this service, please fill out Section C of the absentee application and have it signed by your doctor.
If you would like to be on the Permanent Mail-in list, please fill out section 7 of the mail-in application. These voters will automatically receive an application in early February each year that, if returned, will let them receive all ballots in the calendar year in which they are eligible to vote.
If you have not already done so, please submit your Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Application and your completed Absentee/Mail-in Ballot by their respective deadlines to the correct address below:
US Postal Service Mail:
Montgomery County Court House
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311
A single first-class stamp is sufficient to cover the postage cost
UPS or FedEx Shipping or Hand Delivery:
One Montgomery Plaza
425 Swede Street
Norristown, PA 19401-0311
Applications and Forms
- Absentee Application - Also available at township and borough buildings, libraries, and state liquor stores
- Mail-In Ballot Application
- 2nd Emergency Absentee Packet
- Federal Post Card Application - for military and civilian overseas voters. Or you may visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program for complete step by step instructions on applying
- Designated Agent Forms
- Applications: The last day to apply for a civilian absentee or mail-in ballot is 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election (October 27, 2020). Please note that postmarks do not apply and original applications must be received (no facsimiles or emails). The online application can be found at www.votespa.com.
- Voted Ballots: All civilian voted absentee and mail-in ballots must be returned to the County Board of Elections Office. Voted ballots can only be dropped off in our office by the voter or qualified designated agent with proper accompanying paperwork.
Military & Civilian Overseas Voting Deadlines
- Applications: Military voters may apply until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Civilian overseas voters may apply until 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election. Please note that postmarks do not apply.
- Voted Ballots: All military and civilian overseas ballots must be post marked no later than the day before the election and must be received in the office by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday (seventh day) after the election.
Qualified military and overseas voters are exempt from photo ID requirements. Furthermore, they may apply for and receive their ballots electronically if so desired; these ballots must be printed, voted and returned by the voter. Please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program for more information regarding military and overseas voting.
If you have additional questions regarding absentee voting, please contact Sarah Piening at the Election Board office (610-278-3275).