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Federal Election Deadlines

State Primary May 20, 2014 General Election November 4, 2014
Registration April 21, 2014 October 6, 2014
Ballot Request May 19, 2014 November 3, 2014
Ballot Return Postmarked by May 19, 2014 Received by May 27, 2014 Postmarked by November 3, 2014 Received by November 12, 2014

Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Important information

How can I register to vote as a military or overseas voter?

Fill out and return the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to your local election office. This form allows you to register to vote and identifies you as a voter covered by UOCAVA (Federal law providing special protections). The Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) also allows you to register to vote if it is submitted by the voter registration deadline.

What is my voting residence?

The place you consider your true, fixed and permanent home.

Do I need to claim a political party to vote primary elections?

Yes. If you do not select a party, you can still vote in a general election, but not in a primary election.

How can I submit my FPCA?

You may return your FPCA by mail, email, fax or internet delivery directly to your local election official. If you submit your FPCA by email or fax, you must also mail your signed FPCA. Addresses can be found at the end of this section.

How often must I submit my FPCA?

Each year.

If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot?

You may use the FPCA, FWAB or any other absentee ballot application that identifies you as a covered voter. The applications can be downloaded on votesPA.com.

How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Ballot (FWAB)?

You must return your voted ballot or FWAB by mail.

What must I do to use the FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections?

You may use the FWAB to vote any time before any election without having previously registered to vote or requested an absentee ballot. However, if you are not registered your FWAB must be received by the registration deadline. Use the FWAB to vote for any Federal, State and local office in a primary, special or general election.

I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I register to vote in this State?

No.

Will I need a notary or witness for my FPCA or FWAB?

No.

Where can I find information about the candidates and/or other items that will be on my ballot?

Please visit www.dos.state.pa.us.

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for primary, special and general elections for Federal, State and local offices and non-candidate ballot issues.

If you are a military voter and you are present in your voting district of residence on Election Day and have not already voted, you may apply in-person at the local election office for the absentee ballot and vote it in-person.

Complete the following blocks of the FPCA

Block 1

Select the category that describes you.

Block 2

To vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. If you want to change your political party affiliation, submit a completed FPCA indicating your new party preference to the local election official. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Your date of birth is required.

Enter your valid Pennsylvania Driver's License number. If you do not have a Pennsylvania Driver's License, enter the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not possess either of these identification numbers, the State shall assign a number that will serve to identify you for voter registration purposes.

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your county elections official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

Pennsylvania allows you to receive your absentee ballot by mail, email, fax or internet delivery. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. Provide your email address or fax number in Block 5. If you do not make a selection, then your county elections official will mail your ballot to you.

Block 7

Complete street address of your Pennsylvania voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence.

Block 8

Complete address where you want your ballot sent, usually where you live now.

Block 9

If you are in a remote area, you may receive a ballot 50 days before the primary election and 70 days before the general election. To request a ballot within these time frames, write in Block 9: "I am unable to vote during the regular absentee balloting period by reason of performing military service in an extremely remote or isolated area of the world. I request a special write-in absentee ballot." OR "I am unable to vote during the regular absentee ballot period by reason of living in an extremely remote or isolated area of the world. I request a special write-in absentee ballot."

Provide any information that may assist the county elections official in accepting this application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

Pennsylvania allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email, internet delivery or fax. After faxing or emailing the FPCA, submit the FPCA by mail.

If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your local election office. Addresses can be found at the end of this section.

If you choose to email your FPCA, you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to your local election office. Email addresses can be found at the end of this section or at www.votesPA.com.

If you choose to submit your FPCA by internet delivery, information can be found at www.votesPA.com.

If you choose to fax your FPCA, you must also submit the form by mail. Fax the form directly to your local election official. Fax numbers can be found at the end of this section or at www.dos.state.pa.us. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FPCA toll-free. To use the Electronic Transmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands to 1-800- 368 -8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside back cover or at FVAP.gov.

To find out the status of your registration/absentee ballot request, contact your local election office or refer to Pennsylvania's voter registration verification website at http://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us. Your jurisdiction will contact you if your registration is denied.

Voting your ballot

Voted ballots must be postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the local election office no later than 7 days after the election.

No witness or notary is required on voted ballots.

You must return your voted ballot by mail.

Overseas Uniformed Service members should request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DOD applied to their ballot materials at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). This label provides free express mail service to your local election official for voted ballots mailed on or before the general election date. You retain a portion of the label for tracking your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service.

If you are a military voter and you are present in your voting district of residence on Election Day and have not already voted, you may apply in person at the local election office for the absentee ballot and vote it in-person.

Tracking your ballot

You may track the status of your ballot at https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/AbsenteeBallotStatus.aspx.

Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

Pennsylvania allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for voter registration, requesting a ballot and voting in primary, special and general elections for Federal, State and local offices and non-candidate ballot issues. Feel free to use the FWAB to vote anytime before the election.

Complete the following blocks of the FWAB's voter declaration/affirmation

Block 1

Pennsylvania allows you to use this form for registration.

Block 2

Select the category that describes you.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Your sex and race are not required.Your date of birth is required.

Enter your valid Pennsylvania Driver's License number, the last four digits of your Social Security number OR your State voter registration number.

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

To vote in primary elections, you must enter your political party affiliation. If you want to change your political party affiliation, submit a completed FPCA indicating your new party preference to the local election official. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee ballots for general elections.

Block 7

Complete street address of your Pennsylvania voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address, usually where you live now.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this ballot or application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

Vote your FWAB

Vote for any Federal, State and local office in a primary, special or general election. To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to www.dos.state.pa.us. For each office for which you vote, write in either a candidate's name or a political party designation. Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope.

How and where to submit your FWAB

The deadlines for submitting the FWAB are the same as for State absentee ballots. If you receive the State ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the State ballot will be counted.

Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/ Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB to your local election office.

Local election offices for county

If you cannot find information for your jurisdiction, please click on the LEO Search to find contact information.

County Mailing Address
Adams Adams County Board of Elections
Adams County Courthouse
Gettysburg, PA 17325-2313
Phone: 717-337-9832 Fax: 717-337-9830
Allegheny Allegheny County Board of Elections
542 Forbes Avenue, Suite 604
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2953
Phone: 412-350-4520 Fax: 412-350-5697
Armstrong Armstrong County Board of Elections
450 East Market Street, Suite 207
Kittanning, PA 16201-1429
Phone: 724-548-3222 Fax: 724-548-3714
Beaver Beaver County Board of Elections
Beaver County Courthouse
Beaver, PA 15009-2139
Phone: 724-770-4440 Fax: 724-728-9318
Bedford Bedford County Board of Elections
200 South Juliana Street, 3rd Floor
Bedford, PA 15522-0166
Phone: 814-623-4807 Fax: 814-623-0991
Berks Berks County Board of Elections
Berks County Courthouse/Services Ctr.
Reading, PA 19601-4302
Phone: 610-478-6490 Fax: 610-478-6218
Blair Blair County Board of Elections
Blair County Courthouse
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-2022
Phone: 814-693-3150 Fax: 814-693-3033
Bradford Bradford County Board of Elections
6 Court St, Ste 2
Towanda, PA 18848-1878
Phone: 570-265-1717 Fax: 570-265-1738
Bucks Bucks County Board of Elections
55 E. Court St.
Doylestown, PA 18901-4318
Phone: 215-348-6153 Fax: 215-348-6387
Butler Butler County Board of Elections
124 W. Diamond Street
Butler, PA 16003-1208
Phone: 724-284-5308 Fax: 724-284-5311
Cambria Cambria County Board of Elections
200 S. Center Street
Ebensburg, PA 15931-1947
Phone: 814-472-1464 Fax: 814-472-9642
Cameron Cameron County Board of Elections
20 E. 5th Street
Emporium, PA 15834-1469
Phone: 814-486-9321 Fax: 814-486-3176
Carbon Carbon County Board of Elections
PO Box 170
Jim Thorpe, PA 18229-0170
Phone: 570-325-4801 Fax: 570-732-0040
Centre Centre County Board of Elections
420 Holmes Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823-1488
Phone: 814-355-6703 Fax: 814-355-6857
Chester Chester County Board of Elections
601 Westtown Road, Suite 150
West Chester, PA 19380-0990
Phone: 610-344-6410 Fax: 610-344-5682
Clarion Clarion County Board of Elections
330 Main Street
Clarion, PA 16214-1093
Phone: 814-226-4000 Fax: 814-226-8069
Clearfield Clearfield County Board of Elections
212 E. Locust St., Ste 106
Clearfield, PA 16830-2448
Phone: 814-765-2642 x3012 Fax: 814-765-2640
Clinton Clinton County Board of Elections
232 E. Main Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745-1385
Phone: 570-893-4043 Fax: 570-893-4354
Columbia Columbia County Board of Elections
11 W. Main Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815-0380
Phone: 570-389-5640 Fax: 570-784-0257
Crawford Crawford County Board of Elections
Crawford County Courthouse
Meadville, PA 16335-2678
Phone: 814-333-7308 Fax: 814-337-0457
Cumberland Cumberland County Board of Elections
1601 Ritner Highway
Carlisle, PA 17013
Phone: 717-240-6385 Fax: 717-240-7759
Dauphin Dauphin County Board of Elections
PO Box 1295
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1295
Phone: 717-780-6360 Fax: 717-780-6478
Delaware Delaware County Bureau of Elections
201 West Front Street
Media, PA 19063
Phone: 610-891-4673 Fax: 610-892-0641
Elk Elk County Board of Elections
300 Center Street
Ridgway, PA 15853-4659
Phone: 814-776-5337 Fax: 814-776-5362
Erie Erie County Board of Elections
140 W. 6th Street, Room 112
Erie, PA 16501-1029
Phone: 814-451-6276 Fax: 814-451-7007
Fayette Fayette County Board of Elections
Fayette County Public Service Building
Uniontown, PA 15401-3412
Phone: 724-430-1289 Fax: 724-430-4948
Forest Forest County Board of Elections
PO Box 3
Tionesta, PA 16353-9724
Phone: 814-755-3537 Fax: 814-755-8837
Franklin Franklin County Board of Elections
14 North Main Street
Chambersburg, PA 17201-1824
Phone: 717-261-3886 Fax: 717-261-3131
Fulton Fulton County Board of Elections
116 W. Market Street, Suite 203
McConnelsburg, PA 17233-1018
Phone: 717-485-3691 Fax: 717-485-9411
Greene Greene County Board of Elections
County Office Building
Waynesburg, PA 15370-1839
Phone: 724-852-5304 Fax: 724-852-5321
Huntingdon Huntingdon County Board of Elections
Huntington County Courthouse
Huntingdon, PA 16652-1457
Phone: 814-643-3091 Fax: 814-643-8152
Indiana Indiana County Board of Elections
825 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, PA 15701-3934
Phone: 724-465-3852 Fax: 724-465-2935
Jefferson Jefferson County Board of Elections
155 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Brookville, PA 15825-1269
Phone: 814-849-1653 Fax: 814-849-4084
Juniata Juniata County Board of Elections
1 North Main Street
Mifflintown, PA 17059
Phone: 717-436-7706 Fax: 717-436-7756
Lackawanna Lackawanna County Board of Elections
2400 Stafford Avenue
Scranton, PA 18505
Phone: 570-963-6737 Fax: 570-963-6691
Lancaster Lancaster County Board of Elections
150 N. Queen Street, Suite 117
Lancaster, PA 17603-3562
Phone: 717-299-8293 Fax: 717-209-3076
Lawrence Lawrence County Board of Elections
Lawrence County Government Center
New Castle, PA 16101-3593
Phone: 724-656-2161 Fax: 724-656-1987
Lebanon Lebanon County Board of Elections
Municipal Building, Room 209
Lebanon, PA 17042-6794
Phone: 717-274-2801 Fax: 717-274-8094
Lehigh Lehigh County Board of Elections
Lehigh County Government Center
Allentown, PA 18101-2401
Phone: 610-782-3194 Fax: 610-770-3845
Luzerne Luzerne County Board of Elections
20 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 207
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-3505
Phone: 570-825-1715 Fax: 570-820-6399
Lycoming Lycoming County Board of Elections
48 W. Third Street
Williamsport, PA 17701-0536
Phone: 570-327-2285 Fax: 570-320-2117
McKean McKean County Board of Elections
McKean County Courthouse
Smethport, PA 16749-1149
Phone: 814-887-3203 Fax: 814-887-2242
Mercer Mercer County Board of Elections
5 Courthouse
Mercer, PA 16137-1227
Phone: 724-662-7542 Fax: 724-662-1530
Mifflin Mifflin County Board of Elections
Mifflin County Courthouse
Lewistown, PA 17044-1770
Phone: 717-248-6571 Fax: 717-242-5455
Monroe Monroe County Board of Elections
Monroe County Administration Offices
Stroudsburg, PA 18360-2170
Phone: 570-517-3165 Fax: 570-517-3856
Montgomery Montgomery County Board of Elections
Montgomery County Courthouse
Norristown, PA 19404-0311
Phone: 610-278-3275 Fax: 610-292-4527
Montour Montour County Board of Elections
Montour County Courthouse
Danville, PA 17821-1999
Phone: 570-271-3000 Fax: 570-271-3088
Northampton Northampton County Board of Elections
670 Wolf Ave
Easton, PA 18042-4343
Phone: 610-559-3055 Fax: 610-559-3736
Northumberland Northumberland County Board of Elections
320 N. Second St. Suite 1
Sunbury, PA 17801-2360
Phone: 570-988-4208 Fax: 570-988-4306
Perry Perry County Board of Elections
25 West Main Street
New Bloomfield, PA 17068-0037
Phone: 717-582-2131 x4110 Fax: 717-582-5162
Philadelphia Philadelphia County Board of Elections
142 City Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-686-3943 Fax: 215-686-3398
Pike Pike County Board of Elections
506 Broad Street
Milford, PA 18337-1535
Phone: 570-296-3426 Fax: 570-296-6055
Potter Potter County Board of Elections
1 North Main Street
Coudersport, PA 16915-1630
Phone: 814-274-8467 Fax: 814-274-7395
Schuylkill Schuylkill County Board of Elections
420 N. Center Street
Pottsville, PA 17901
Phone: 570-628-1467 Fax: 570-628-1466
Snyder Snyder County Board of Elections
9 West Market Street
Middleburg, PA 17842-0217
Phone: 570-837-4286 Fax: 570-837-4282
Somerset Somerset County Board of Elections
300 N. Center Avenue, Suite 340
Somerset, PA 15501-1472
Phone: 814-445-1549 Fax: 814-445-7991
Sullivan Sullivan County Board of Elections
245 Muncy Street, Suite 200
Laporte, PA 18626-0157
Phone: 570-946-5201 Fax: 570-946-4421
Susquehanna Susquehanna County Board of Elections
Susquehanna County Courthouse
Montrose, PA 18801-0218
Phone: 570-278-4600 Fax: 570-278-9268
Tioga Tioga County Board of Elections
PO Box 589
Wellsboro, PA 16901-0589
Phone: 570-723-8230 Fax: 570-723-8206
Union Union County Board of Elections
155 N. 15th Street
Lewisburg, PA 17837-8822
Phone: 570-524-8681 Fax: 570-524-8627
Venango Venango County Board of Elections
Courthouse Annex
Franklin, PA 16323-0831
Phone: 814-432-9508 Fax: 814-432-4741
Warren Warren County Board of Elections
Warren County Courthouse
Warren, PA 16365-2399
Phone: 814-728-3406 Fax: 814-728-3479
Washington Washington County Board of Elections
100 W. Beau Street, Room 206
Washington, PA 15301-4432
Phone: 724-228-6750 Fax: 724-250-6422
Wayne Wayne County Board of Elections
Wayne County Courthouse Annex
Honesdale, PA 18431-1996
Phone: 570-253-5978 Fax: 570-253-5432
Westmoreland Westmoreland County Board of Elections
2 N. Main Street, Suite 109
Greensburg, PA 15601-2405
Phone: 724-830-3150 Fax: 724-830-3152
Wyoming Wyoming County Board of Elections
Wyoming County Courthouse
Tunkhannock, PA 18657-1216
Phone: 570-996-2224 Fax: 570-836-5797
York York County Board of Elections
28 East Market Street
York, PA 17401-1579
Phone: 717-771-9604 Fax: 717-771-4387