Qualifications for Absentee VotersIn 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.
- An election worker working outside your precinct.
How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot
Applications for Absentee Ballots are available at the Washington County Elections Department, 100 W. Beau St., Suite 206, Washington, PA 15301. For more information you may call 724-228-6750. Regular office hours are 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
You may also obtain a paper absentee ballot application or you can apply online at VotesPA.com.
Upon receipt and approval of the completed Absentee Ballot application, the Elections Department will then mail the Absentee Ballot as soon as it is printed.
Deadline to Apply for an Absentee Ballot
Completed Absentee Ballot applications must be received in the Elections Department 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 BallotAll voted Absentee Ballots must be received in the office of the Elections Department no later than 5 P.M., on the Friday prior to the Primary or Election in order to be counted.
*Military and overseas personnel have different time constraints, contact this office for more information.
Important Instructions for Returning your Voted Absentee BallotAll voted Absentee Ballots must be sent by mail or express or overnight mail 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.