VOTING IN 2023 PA STATE AND LOCAL ELECTIONS
The elections this year are state-only, which means that overseas voters can only vote in them if you indicate that you “intend to return.”
Pennsylvania General Election: November 7, 2023
Request your ballot* now to ensure you receive your ballot for both the Primary and General elections!
*If you are denied a ballot or do not receive the races you are eligible for, contact your local election office.
If you need further assistance, contact us at: [email protected]
PENNSYLVANIA OVERSEAS VOTERS - PLEASE TAKE ACTION:
- Send in your Ballot Request (FPCA) now (go to www.VoteFromAbroad.org)
- Look for your ballot to arrive, ballots started going out on April 1st
- Ensure you have the correct elections on your ballot (see information below)
- Send your printed ballot back in the postal mail asap to meet the deadlines
- Volunteer on the Democrats Abroad PA State Team
On this page:
PA Overseas Voting information and Assistance:
PA OVERSEAS VOTING INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE
Follow the tips below to make the process go smoothly - and remember, we’re here to help! If you need further assistance, please write to [email protected]
Ballot Request: As an overseas voter, you must request your ballot EVERY calendar year you wish to vote in – even if you are already registered.
If you still need to request your ballot in 2023, please go to www.VoteFromAbroad.org (VFA).
Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA - overseas ballot request) form. Check the box to ask that your ballot be sent to you by email. See the timeline and deadlines below.
- Send your FPCA directly from the VFA website or EMAIL or fax it to your Local Election Office so you can get your ballot without delay!
- Please DO NOT use the in-state absentee voter registration! You will still need to send in an FPCA to request your ballot. Using the FPCA ensures you can receive your ballot by email. (We highly recommend getting your ballot by email to avoid postal delays.)
Registration: Check here to see if you are registered.
- If you are not registered, the FPCA will double as your voter registration.
Ballot Request BACKUP BALLOT:
After 1 November, if you’re eligible to vote in this year’s PA state elections, but haven’t received your ballot yet, you can vote by returning a Federal Absentee Write-in Ballot, also known as a FWAB or “Backup Ballot.” You can find it here: What is the Backup Ballot and how do I use it?
Please note that even if you vote and return a Backup Ballot, you can vote and return your official ballot if you receive it in time.
Can I vote in this year's PA state election?
- If you select that your “Return is uncertain” on your FPCA, you will receive a ballot for federal elections only. There are no federal elections in 2023, but SEND IN YOUR FORM ANYWAY, we recommend you send in your Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) form to ensure you’re on the voter rolls for future elections. Be sure to request a ballot again in 2024 for the Presidential, Senate, and Congressional races.
- If you select that you “intend to return” on your FPCA, you will receive a ballot for state and local races (State Senate, State Assembly, school board, mayor, council, etc.). Be sure to request a ballot again in 2024 for the Presidential, Senate, and Congressional races.
PA is a mail only ballot return state. The printed ballot must be sent by postal mail or possibly by diplomatic pouch through your embassy. Ballots must be postmarked the day before Election Day (see timeline and key dates below). Not all embassies accept ballots on odd-numbered years so please check with your embassy for available services and deadlines. Late return is the #1 reason ballots are rejected, so send yours back ASAP!
- Follow all instructions provided by your Local Election Office carefully.
- Be sure to sign where instructed before mailing back your ballot.
- Affix the necessary postage to mail your ballot to the USA.
➔ State General Election Overseas Voter Registration Deadlines:
- Oct 23rd
➔ State General Election Ballot Request Deadlines:
- Oct 31st
➔ State General Election Ballots sent out starting September 22nd
- Check your Email or Spam folder
- Contact your Local Election Official if your ballot has not arrived
➔ State General Election Ballot Return Deadlines:
- Ballots must be sent by postal mail only
Ballots must be postmarked by Nov 6 and received by Nov 14, at 5pm Pennsylvania time