Emergency Ballots

How do I get an Emergency Absentee Ballot?

In emergency situations (such as an unexpected illness or disability), you can request an Emergency Absentee Ballot.

The deadline to submit your Emergency Absentee Ballot Application to the Bureau of Elections is 5 pm on the Friday before Election Day. 

This application must be notarized.


Last Minute Emergencies

If you have an emergency after 5 pm on the Friday before Election Day, you may still be able to vote.  

The deadline to submit your last-minute Emergency Absentee Ballot application is no later than 8 pm on Election Day. 

You can get a last-minute Emergency Absentee Ballot if:

  • You have an emergency after 5 pm on the Friday before Election Day.
  • You find out after 5 pm on the Friday before Election Day that you must be absent from the municipality where you live on Election Day. Acceptable reasons include business, duties, or occupation. 

To get an Emergency Absentee Ballot, you must give your information to the Court of Common Pleas.

To request an Emergency Absentee Ballot, you can:

  • Complete an official Emergency Absentee Ballot Application.
  • Write a letter with signature or other signed document. You must include the same information as that on the Emergency Absentee Ballot Application. 

If you are not able to appear in court, you can choose another person to get the ballot, deliver it to you, and return the completed ballot to the Bureau of Elections. 

If you are not able to appear in court or get help from another person, the judge will direct a deputy sheriff of the county to deliver the absentee ballot to you. To use this option you must be in the county.

Download the forms to request an Emergency Absentee Ballot: