Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf announces online application for absentee ballot

Pennsylvania State Capitol

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that the state is launching an online application site for absentee ballot.

The mobile-friendly, online application site for absentee ballot will go live on September 16. That will be the first day registered votes may apply for absentee ballot for the election on November 5.

is part of the governor’s commitment to making the election more convenient to voters. Previously, voters had no other choice but to complete a paper absentee ballot application and mail or hand-deliver it to their county election office for processing.

In August 2015, Gov. Wolf launched the state’s online voter registration. Since then, over 1.4 million voter registration applications or changes have been submitted through the site.

 An “easier way” for Pennsylvanians to exercise their suffrage

In a statement on Monday, Gov. Wolf said, “Applying for an absentee ballot online will make the process faster and more accessible for thousands of voters. This builds on the option to register to vote online which Pennsylvania launched four years ago and it will provide an easier way for people to exercise their right to vote.”

On the other hand, Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, commented, “This online application is our latest innovation to make voting more convenient and increase voter participation. The deadlines set in the 1937 election code have become increasingly challenging to meet, and the ability to apply online will cut days from the process.”

Registered voters who want to apply for absentee ballots online are required to provide their PennDOT driver license or ID number. The deadline for absentee ballot application by paper or online this year is on October 29 at 5:00 pm.

Registered voters with illness or disabilities, those who will be away from their municipalities and students attending out-of-state colleges or universities on Election Day may cast absentee ballots.