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Absentee Balloting

(NOTE: Military and Pennsylvania overseas civilian absentee voters are encouraged to begin the process of applying for an absentee ballot by skipping this page and going directly to the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website – www.fvap.gov.)

If you are unable to attend your polling place in person on Election Day, you may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. To vote by regular civilian absentee ballot, a voter must apply to the Dauphin County Bureau of Registration and Elections for an absentee ballot. Once received, the County will send a paper absentee ballot to the voter. The voter then completes the ballot and returns it to the County.

In Pennsylvania, the County Board of Elections must receive your application for absentee ballot no later than 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election. In emergency situations (such as an unexpected illness or disability) you can submit an Emergency Application for Absentee Ballot, which must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day. Completed non-emergency absentee ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day.

In presidential election years, absentee ballots received by the close of the polls on election day will be counted for the offices of president and vice president.

Click here to print an absentee ballot application.


Once completed, you can mail your absentee ballot application to:
Dauphin County Voter Registration
PO Box 1295
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1295

Emergency Absentee Balloting

If you have an emergency and did not apply for an absentee ballot by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to Election Day, you may download and apply for an Emergency Absentee Ballot. Emergency Absentee Ballot Applications are available at the Dauphin County Bureau of Registration and Elections Office, at 2 South Second Street, First Floor, Harrisburg. This application must be notarized before it is submitted. Click here for an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application (PDF)

  • The County Board of Elections will process and approve only those Emergency Absentee Ballot Applications that have been completed and signed by the applicant elector before a notary public.
  • Emergency Absentee Ballot Applications must be submitted to the Dauphin County Bureau of Registration and Elections between 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before Election Day and 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day.

How to obtain an Emergency Absentee Ballot if an emergency occurs after 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day:

  • If you become physically disabled or ill between 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day and 8 p.m. on Election Day or if you find out after 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day that you will be absent from your municipality of residence on Election Day because of your business, duties or occupation, you can receive an Emergency Absentee Ballot if you complete and file with the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas an emergency application or a letter or other signed document, which includes the same information as that provided on the emergency application.

How to obtain an Emergency Absentee Ballot if you are not able to appear in court:

  • If you are not able to appear in court to receive the ballot, you can designate, in writing, a representative to deliver the absentee ballot to you and return your completed absentee ballot to the County Board of Elections. If you are not able to appear in court or obtain assistance from an authorized representative, the judge will direct a deputy sheriff of the county to deliver the absentee ballot to you if you are at a physical location within the county.
  • Emergency Absentee Ballot Applications from voters who experience an emergency after 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day must be submitted to the Court of Common Pleas no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
To designate an authorized representative to deliver your Emergency Absentee Ballot, you must complete and sign the Authorized Representative Form and the authorized representative must complete and sign the Certification of Authorized Representative.

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