Qualifications for Absentee Voters
In order to vote by Absentee Ballot, you must be a registered voter, (unless you are a member of the Armed Forces or a hospitalized or bedridden veteran outside your county of residence). You must also either be:
- Unable to attend your polling place due to illness or physical disability;
- Absent from your municipality of residence on the day of the election during the time the polls are open due to duties, occupation or business; or
- Not attending your polling place on the day of the election during the time the polls are open due to your observance of a religious holiday.
How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot
Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at the Beaver County Elections Bureau, Beaver County Courthouse, 810 Third Street, Beaver, PA, 15009. For more information you may call 724-770-4440. Regular office hours are 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
You may also obtain an application from the VotesPA.com Web site. There you may download, print, complete, sign and send the form to:
Bureau of Elections
Beaver County Courthouse
810 Third Street
Beaver, PA 15009
Upon receipt and approval of the completed Absentee Ballot application, the Elections Bureau will then mail the Absentee Ballot as soon as it is printed.
For fastest results, personally visit the Elections Bureau and complete an application. If you are properly registered and ballots have been printed, you may cast your ballot in the Elections Office.
Voting by Absentee Ballot with Voter ID Law
- New identification requirements take effect in November 2012
- Voters must provide drivers license number, last 4 digits of Social Security Number, or a copy of an accepted photo ID when applying for an absentee ballot.
- Voters may provide identifying number to county over the phone, by email or mail.
- Identification will be verified by the County Board of Elections before the voters ballot will be counted. Voters have 6 days following an election to provide the necessary identification.
- UOCAVA voters and voters affected by the Voting Accessibility for Elderly and Handicapped Act are exempt.
Deadline to Apply for an Absentee Ballot
Completed Absentee Ballot applications must be received in the Bureau of Elections Office no later than 5 P.M., on the Tuesday prior to the Primary or Election.
It is strongly suggested that you secure, complete and return your Absentee Ballot application as soon as possible. This will provide sufficient mailing time for us to receive and process your application, mail your ballot, and allow you to vote and return your ballot by the deadline.
Deadline for Return of Your Voted Absentee Ballot
All voted Absentee Ballots must be received in the office of the Elections Bureau no later than 5 P.M., on the Friday prior to the Primary or Election in order to be counted.
Important Instructions for Returning your Voted Absentee Ballot
All voted Absentee Ballots must be sent by mail or express or overnight mail (which includes DHL, FedEx and UPS, for example) or delivered IN PERSON by the absentee ballot voter. Voted absentee ballots returned by any other means will not be accepted or counted by the Bureau of Elections.
Disabled voters may designate another person to assist in obtaining and delivering their absentee ballot. More information and the necessary form(s) or application(s) for this voting option may be obtained on the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Web site.