Make sure you’re eligible to vote.
Are you a U.S. citizen, or will you have been a U.S. citizen for at least 30 days before the primary election? Will you have been a resident for at least 30 days of the Pennsylvania election district in which you want to register? Will you be at least 18 years old on the day of the primary election?
If you answered yes to all three, great! You’re qualified to vote and you can move to Step 3.
If you could not answer yes to all three, move on to Step 2.
You must be a registered voter to request an absentee or mail-in ballot, so use Voter Change Form (PDF). You can use the same form to change your voting information if you need to.
You can also register to vote via mail by filling out the Voter Registration Form and mailing it to your county Board of Elections office at:
204 Fourth Avenue
Warren, PA 16365
Once you’re registered to vote, request an absentee or mail-in ballot.
You can do so by completing the Main-In Application (PDF) or Absentee Ballot Application (PDF) as long as you’re a voter with a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID number. The form shouldn’t take more than five minutes to fill out and will request contact information in the event that there are questions about your application. (You don’t have to fill that part out if you don’t want to.)
Here’s the difference between absentee voting and mail-in voting, which is important to know for your purposes:
- Absentee voting: This applies to you specifically if you plan to be out of the municipality where you are registered to vote on election day - or if you have a disability or illness that prevents you from getting to the polls. You’ll need to list a reason for requesting an absentee ballot.
- Mail-in ballot: If you’re not an absentee voter, you can vote by mail. You don’t need a reason to request this ballot. You can get one simply because you want to mail in your vote to ensure you don’t need to go to the polls on voting day.
Military Absentee Voting
If you’re a military or overseas voter, you must apply for an absentee ballot using the federal form via Pennsylvania Votes. You’ll have to mail it to your election office at:
204 Fourth Avenue
Warren, PA 16365
Wait for your request to be accepted, then vote by mail.
If you fill out the online application, you will receive an application number. Hold onto that number, and take a photo of - or print out - your confirmation page for your records.
Join the Annual Mail-In Ballot Request List
You’ll also have the option to request to be added to an annual mail-in ballot request list. This will ensure that you receive an application to renew your mail-in ballot request each year. When your application is approved, you’ll receive ballots for elections held during the remainder of the year you applied.
Post Office Acceptance
But first, our application isn’t considered complete until your county election office processes and accepts it. When that happens, your balloting materials will be mailed when the ballot is available. You’ll receive an update via email if you provided an email address (and you’ll have another chance to provide one on the confirmation page).
If you lose your mail-in ballot, you can still vote at the polls. But if you send in your mail-in ballot and it’s received by the voting deadline, you will not be allowed to vote at your polling place.
Finally, so you’re aware, your ballot must be completed and must be received in the county office by 8 p.m. on Election Day. If it’s late, it won’t be accepted, even if you sent it before the deadline. Try to send it as early as possible to ensure your vote is counted.
If you have any remaining questions about applying for absentee voting or a mail-in ballot, contact your elections office. If you live in Warren County, you can reach the county elections office by calling 814-728-3406.