Deadline for mail-in ballots for May primary already passed

The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot for the May 18 primary has already passed.

Applications were due by p.m. on May 11. This is one week before the election.

Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid had urged voters who are voting by mail to submit their application as soon as possible, to allow sufficient time for their ballot to be mailed to them and then returned to the county by 8 p.m. May 18, Election Day.

So far, more than 706,900 Pennsylvania voters have applied for a mail-in ballot and more than 47,000 voters have applied for an absentee ballot.

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In Allegheny County, applications for nearly 120,000 mail-in or absentee ballots have already been approved. Additionally, more than 26,000 votes have already been returned.

For more information on voting in Pennsylvania call the Department of State’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit

Some counties are providing drop boxes or drop-off sites for mail ballots. Check your county’s website for information on locations. The Department of State is providing a list of drop-off locations at as the information becomes available.

Pennsylvania voters also have the option of voting in person on Election Day at the polls, which will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., provided they have not already voted by mail ballot. They can find their polling place on