Casting a Mail-In Ballot

Instructions for Casting a Mail-In Ballot

Return your ballot as early as possible. We must receive your ballot by November 3 at 8 pm or, if mailed, postmarked by 8 p.m. Election Day.

Mark your ballot
Verify your selections carefully.

Pack and seal it

  1. Put your ballot in the “Official Election Ballot” envelope and seal it.
  2. Put the “Official Election Ballot” envelope in the larger ballot-return envelope and seal it.

Sign and date it 

  1. Fill in the Voter’s Declaration on the back of the ballot-return envelope and be sure to sign and date it.

Return it

  • By mail—No postage necessary. Must be postmarked by Election Day, 8pm.
  • In person—Drop your ballot off at the County Board of Elections no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Remember: If you plan to deliver your ballot in person, you must deliver it yourself. You cannot return someone else’s voted ballot, even if it is for a spouse or family member. 

If you lose your ballot or make a mistake, contact us right away at 717-780-6360.

If you receive an absentee or mail-in ballot and return your voted ballot by the deadline, you may not vote at your polling place on Election Day. If you are unable to return your voted absentee or mail-in ballot by the deadline, you may only vote a provisional ballot at your polling place on Election Day, unless you surrender your absentee or mail-in ballot and envelope to the judge of elections to be voided to vote by regular ballot.

Ballot Return Sites

Dauphin County Administration Building
2 South 2nd Street (first floor), Harrisburg, PA  
Hours: Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Starting October 6, open until 8 p.m.) 
Phone: 717-780-6360

Northern Dauphin Human Services Center
295 State Drive, Elizabethville, PA
Hours: Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., starting October 6 
Phone: 717-905-2700
*For picking up and dropping off voter registration and ballot applications and returning completed ballots

How to Vote by Mail Video