Absentee and Alternative Ballots
Absentee Ballot Application and Requirements
You may be eligible for an absentee ballot if:
You are away from your municipality of residence because of occupation, business, or duties;
You are away from home at school, college, or university;
You will be unable to go to the polls because of illness or disability;
You must observe a religious holiday;
You are a county employee with duties on Election Day relating to the conduction of the election.
Please click the button below to download an absentee ballot application and instructions. Once downloaded, you must print the application, fill out the required information, and return the completed application and any additional required documents to:
The Philadelphia County Board of Elections
Room 142 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107
You may also call the County Board of Elections at 215-686-3943 to have an absentee ballot application mailed to you, or you may pick one up in person from any of the City Commissioners offices, at the Philadelphia Voter Registration Office, or from the Philadelphia County Board of Elections.
Absentee Ballot Application Deadline: Applications for absentee ballots MUST be received by the County Board of Elections no later than 5:00 PM the Tuesday before an election. Postmarks are NOT honored; applications must be in the office before the deadline.
Emergency Absentee Ballot Applications: If an emergency (an unexpected trip or illness, for example) arises after the deadline for applications, an “emergency application” may be obtained from the Board of Elections, either in person, or by mail or messenger. The applicant must attest to the fact of the emergency before a notary public. Emergency applications MUST be received no later than 5:00 PM the Friday before the election. Postmarks are not honored; the application MUST be in the office of the County Board of Elections.
Return of Absentee Ballots: All absentee ballots must be returned by MAIL or IN PERSON by the VOTER. No unauthorized agent is permitted to return absentee ballots.
Deadline for Returning Absentee and Emergency Ballots: All absentee ballots and emergency absentee ballots must be RECEIVED by the County Board of Elections no later than 5:00 PM the Friday before an election. Postmarks are NOT honored; the ballots MUST be in the office of the County Board of Elections.
Alternative Ballot Requirements
Alternative Ballot Requirements: If you are a registered voter who is disabled or age 65 or older AND who is assigned to an inaccessible polling place, you are qualified to vote using an alternative ballot.
How to Determine if your Polling Place is Accessible: Click here to see which divisions do not qualify for alternative ballot use or call the County Board of Elections in Room 142 City Hall by calling 215-686-3469.
Where to Obtain an Alternative Ballot Application: An alternative ballot may be obtained for any election upon your request on an alternative ballot application. Alternative ballot applications may be obtained at the County Board of Elections in Rm 142 City Hall or by calling 215-686-3469.
Deadline for Alternative Ballot Applications: Alternative ballot applications MUST be received by the County Board of Elections no later than 5:00 PM the Tuesday before an election. Postmarks are NOT honored; applications must be in the office before the deadline.
Deadline for Alternative Ballots: Alternative ballots must be returned to the County Board of Elections no later than the close of the polls, at 8:00 PM on Election Day. Postmarks are NOT honored; the ballot must be in the office of the County Board of Elections.