Absentee Ballot

Absentee Ballot Application

A voter may apply for and receive an absentee ballot for the upcoming election if they are registered to vote and fall into one of the following criteria:

• A person is absent from their municipality the entire time the polls are open (example: college students, vacationers, truck drivers, etc.) 

Those who cannot attend the polls because of illness or disability 

• A person who will not go to the polls because of observing a religious holiday 

• A member of the armed forces, their spouses and dependents 

• A citizen in federal service attached to the armed forces

How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot

A voter who desires to vote by absentee ballot must complete an absentee ballot application and submit it to their County Board of Elections.

1. Download and print an Absentee Ballot Application (PDF) and send it to the address listed below.  

2. Person may apply in person at the Voter Registration Office at the Franklin County Courthouse, Memorial Square, Chambersburg, PA (Hours: Monday - Friday8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

3.  Persons may request an absentee ballot application by calling 717-261-3886.

4.  Request an absentee ballot by a letter which includes the following information:

           a.  Name

           b.  Resident address

           c.  Birth date

           d.  Reason for requesting an absentee ballot

           e.  Address to which the absentee ballot should be mailed

           f.  Voter's signature

All absentee ballot applications can be mailed to:

Voter Registration Office
157 Lincoln Way East
Chambersburg, PA  17201

or faxed to (717) 261-3131

What is the Deadline to Apply for an Absentee Ballot?

An absentee ballot application must be completed, signed by the elector, and received by the Franklin County Voter Registration Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before each election.  

There are provisions made for individuals that need an emergency absentee ballot after the Tuesday before the election.  Contact the Franklin County Voter Registration Office at 717-261-3886 for additional details. 

What is the Deadline to Return the Voted Absentee Ballot?

Voted absentee ballots must be received by the Franklin County Voter Registration by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before each election.

** Unless a voter is disabled and needs assistance to deliver an absentee ballot to the Voters Registration Office, it is illegal under Pennsylvania law for anyone other than the voter to hand-deliver an absentee ballot to the County.  Delivery of absentee ballots cast by voters who are not disabled may be delivered only by U.S. mail or by the voter in person.  ** 

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