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Deadline to apply for an absentee ballot

Tuesday, October 31 is the last day you can request an absentee ballot. You may be eligible for an absentee ballot if you are:

  • Expected to be absent from Philadelphia County on the day of the coming election because of occupation, business, or duties (including leaves of absence for teaching, vacations, and sabbatical leaves);
  • Away from home at school, college, or university;
  • Unable to go to the polls because of illness or disability;
  • A person who is or may be in the military service of the United States;
  • Observing a religious holiday;
  • A Philadelphia county employee with duties on Election Day related to conducting the election.

To request an absentee ballot, print and fill out this form and bring it to the Board of Elections, City Hall Room 142, or get the form there and fill it out.

The Board of Elections must receive your request for an absentee ballot by October 31 at 5pm. (You will have until November 3 to turn in the actual ballot.)

For official instructions and additional information, see the Philadelphia City Commissioners' Absentee and Alternative Ballots page.