My mail-in ballot application was declined because it was a duplicate, what does that mean?

It means that we have already received your application. So, if you apply again, it will be considered a “duplicate” and rejected. This does not cancel your previous application.  

We strongly recommend checking your status before submitting a second application. 

Click here to track your ballot application. 


There are a few different statuses that can appear:


No Record: This means that you haven’t applied yet or that we have not processed your application. Please allow 10-14 business days from the time you submit your application for processing.

If you provided your email address on your application, you will receive an email indicating that your application was processed. 


Pending: This means that your application was received and approved, but that your ballot has not been mailed yet. We will begin mailing ballots in late September. 


Processed: This means that your application was received and approved, and your ballot has been mailed.


Vote Recorded: This means that we received your ballot and have recorded your vote. 


The PA State system only recognizes an email address once, so if you and another member of your household provided the same email address you will only receive an email for one ballot


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1. Can I vote in person after requesting a ballot?
2. When are ballots being mailed to people who applied to vote by mail?
3. I received a mail-in ballot application but want to vote in person, what do I need to do?
4. My mail-in ballot application was declined because it was a duplicate, what does that mean?
5. Can I fax or email my application?
6. I applied for an absentee/mail-in ballot online but have not heard back. Do I apply again?
7. I cannot get out to pick up an application, is there another way to apply?
8. How do I change or add my email address on the mail-in ballot application?
9. Why was my mail-in ballot application declined?
10. I am moving to a new address in Montgomery County in October, after the date the ballots are going out. How do I make sure I get my ballot?
11. How do I change the address that my ballot is being mailed to?
12. Is photo ID required when voting via absentee?
13. Can I drop off a family member’s ballot?
14. Can I email a mail-in or absentee ballot application form?
15. I do not have a driver's license; how do I request a mail-in ballot?
16. I would like to apply to vote by mail but do not have a computer. What can I do?
17. How can I cancel my request for an absentee or mail-in ballot?