Vote as an Absentee

November 1 - Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot (post marks do not apply)

November 4 - Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots (post marks do not apply)

November 15 - Last day for County Board of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots (must be submitted for delivery no later than 11:59 p.m. on November 7)


Your original absentee ballot application MUST be mailed to our office or dropped off – we cannot accept email or fax submissions.  


The voter MUST sign the form. 


We cannot accept electronic signature uploads or transfers of signatures.


US POSTAL SERVICE MAIL: 
Chester County Voter Services 
601 Westtown Road, Suite 150
P.O. Box 2747
West Chester, PA 19380-0990

UPS OR FEDEX SHIPPING OR HAND DELIVERY: 
Chester County Voter Services 
601 Westtown Road, Suite 150
West Chester, PA 19382



Who May Vote by Absentee Ballot?

  • Persons that expect to be absent from the municipality of residence because of duties, occupation or business (including poll workers not in their home precinct).
  • Persons who because of illness or physical disability are unable to attend their polling place.
  • Members of the armed forces whether registered or not.
  • Hospitalized or bedridden veterans OUTSIDE the county of residence, whether registered or not.
  • Spouses and dependents of members of the armed forces residing with or accompanying them and absent from the municipality of residence.
  • Members of the Merchant Marine, and their spouses and dependents residing with or accompanying them and absent from the municipality of residence.
  • For those who are permanently ill or disabled, Permanent Absentee status is available. These voters automatically receive absentee applications prior to each election in which they are eligible to vote for four years. If you are interested in this option, please contact our office and we will prepare the necessary paperwork for you.

How Do I Apply for an Absentee Ballot?


You may make application for an absentee ballot by submitting a letter or application (download below) to Chester County Voter Services. Applications can be returned via mail or in person (no fax or e-mail). If submitting a letter, it should contain the following information:

  • voter’s name,
  • residential address,
  • date of birth,
  • reason for requesting absentee ballot,
  • where to mail ballot, and
  • signature of voter requesting ballot
Absentee ballot applications may be requested by calling Voter Services at 610-344-6410 or you may print out the application attached here and mail as per instructions on application.

What Is the Deadline for Applying for an Absentee Ballot? 


Absentee ballot applications must be received by Voter Services no later than 5 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the primary or election. However, it is highly recommended that you apply as early as possible to allow for slower than expected delivery times. 

When Must the Ballot Be Returned?


All voted absentee ballots must be received by Voter Services no later 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to the primary or election. Post marks do not apply. The ballot must be received in the office by this deadline.  It is highly recommended that you mail your ballot back as early as possible to allow time for slower than expected delivery times. 

Please note: Ballots may not be hand delivered to the Voter Services office by anyone other than the voter themselves. ID is required to turn in your ballot in person. 

Civilian Absentee Forms:

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MAILING OPTIONS

If you have not already done so, please submit your original, signed Absentee Ballot Application and your completed Absentee Ballot by their respective deadlines to the correct address below: 

US POSTAL SERVICE MAIL: 
Chester County Voter Services 
601 Westtown Road, Suite 150
P.O. Box 2747
West Chester, PA 19380-0990

UPS OR FEDEX SHIPPING OR HAND DELIVERY: 
Chester County Voter Services 
601 Westtown Road, Suite 150
West Chester, PA 19382