Voters can now apply for absentee ballots online ahead of Nov. 5 election

Eligible to vote on Election Day but unable to make it to the voting polls? Consider submitting a civilian absentee ballot to be sure your voice is heard.

absentee-ballot_vote-2019State officials recently announced that Pennsylvanians unable to vote in person on November 5 will for the first time be able to apply for an absentee ballot online.

The new process will be in effect beginning September 16. All absentee ballot applications are due by October 29 at 5 p.m.

Applicants will need a PennDOT driver license or ID number, although that is expected to change next year.

After submitting the application, actual ballots will be sent to those approved.

Note: Voters will still have to mail or hand-deliver completed ballots to elections offices by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.

For more information, visit

People who may vote by absentee ballot include:

  • College students who are attending school outside of the precinct in which they are registered.
  • Those whose work or vacation takes them away from the municipality where they live.
  • Those with a physical disability or illness that prevents them from going to the polling place.
  • Members of the military.
  • Those who may have a conflict due to the celebration of a religious holiday.

Click here to download a paper absentee ballot application.

For more information about submitting an absentee ballot, contact the Clinton County Voter Registration Office at (570) 893-4019, 2 Piper Way, Suite 309, Lock Haven.


If you know of anyone who permanently has a hard time getting out to the polls, they may apply for a permanent absentee ballot. There is a box to check on the Absentee Ballot Application to request a permanent absentee ballot.

According to PA Voter Services, permanent absentee voters are not required to file a physician’s certificate of disability with each application for absentee ballot, but they must submit a written statement asserting continuing disability every four years in order to maintain his or her eligibility to vote under the permanent absentee. Learn more here.

Please help in getting the applications to those who need them.  If you have family in Nursing homes or you care for a loved one at home, please help them to exercise their rights as citizens.

If you’re a U.S. citizen and not yet registered to vote, but will be 18 by Election Day, you must register to vote by October 7 to participate in the November 5 Municipal Election!

Check your voter registration status, register to vote, or change your address online at

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