Obtaining an Absentee Ballot
An individual who expects to be absent from his/her municipality on Election Day during the entire period the polls are open for voting (7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) is eligible to apply for an absentee ballot. In addition, any voter who, because of illness or physical disability, is unable to attend his/her polling place or operate a voting machine may apply for an absentee ballot.
For those who are permanently ill or disabled, Permanent Absentee status is available. These voters automatically receive absentee applications prior to each election in which they are eligible to vote for four years. If you are interested in this option, please contact our office and we will prepare the necessary paperwork for you.
If you have not already done so, please submit your Absentee Ballot Applications and your completed Absentee Ballots by their respective deadlines to the correct address below:
US Postal Service Mail:
Montgomery County Court House
P.O. Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311
UPS or FedEx Shipping or Hand Delivery:
One Montgomery Plaza
425 Swede Street
Norristown, PA 19401
Absentee Application Forms
- Absentee Application - Also available at township and borough buildings, libraries, and state liquor stores
- 2nd Emergency Absentee Packet
- Federal Post Card Application - for military and civilian overseas voters. Or you may visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program for complete step by step instructions on applying
Civilian Absentee Voting Deadlines
- Applications: The last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot is 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election. Please note that postmarks do not apply and original applications must be received (no facsimiles or emails).
- Voted Ballots: All civilian voted ballots must be returned to the County Board of Elections Office by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election. Please note that postmarks do not apply.
Military & Civilian Overseas Voting Deadlines
- Applications: Military voters may apply until 8 p.m. on Election Day. Civilian overseas voters may apply until 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election. Please note that postmarks do not apply.
- Voted Ballots: All military and civilian overseas ballots must be post marked no later than the day before the election and must be received in the office by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday (seventh day) after the election.
Qualified military and overseas voters are exempt from photo ID requirements. Furthermore, they may apply for and receive their ballots electronically if so desired; these ballots must be printed, voted and returned by the voter. Please visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program for more information regarding military and overseas voting.
If you have additional questions regarding absentee voting, please contact Sarah Piening at the Election Board office (610-278-3275).