You may vote by absentee ballot if you plan to be away from the area on Election Day or if you have an illness or physical disability preventing you from voting in person. To vote by absentee ballot, you must apply in writing be mailed an absentee ballot. There is no online way to apply or cast your vote.
Absentee voters must provide 1) drivers license number or 2) last 4 digits of Social Security Number, or 3) a copy of an acceptable photo ID when applying for an absentee ballot. One of those three suffices.
Except as above, there is no longer any requirement that absentee voters send a copy of an ID document. However, absentee voting does not affect the requirement that you show an ID the first time you vote in person in your precinct.
To download instructions (from Tredyffrin Dems, but applicable to the entire County) for voting absentee in the May 15, 2018, primary election, plus the state’s official application form, click here: TTDEMS-absentee-ballot-request-2018-PRIMARY-2-election-page. Or click here to download the form and state instructions on the state site.
In either case, print, and fill out an Absentee Ballot Application.. Be sure you will be receiving mail at the address you furnish.
Then the Chesco Board of Elections will send you a paper absentee ballot at the address you indicate (which can be out of town). You then complete the ballot and return it to the County Board of Elections. Your ballot will be accompanied by very detailed instructions on how to fill it out.
But if you are overseas civilian or military, download and use this form: Federal write-in absentee ballot
The Board of Elections must receive your application for an absentee ballot no later than 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election and your completed absentee ballot by 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day. Give the post office enough time to be safe, and try to apply at least 2 weeks before election day.
If you have a late-breaking problem or emergency, call Voter Services at 610-344-6410 to see if they can help you.
In presidential election years, absentee ballots received by the close of the polls on election day will be counted for the offices of president and vice president.
If you need assistance, please email CCDC here or call us at 610-692-5811.