Pennsylvania begins online registration for voting by mail

Tony Romeo
February 11, 2020 - 3:15 pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The coming April 28 primary election will be the first in which Pennsylvanians can vote by mail, and now, state officials have launched an online app so you can apply for a ballot.  

Kathy Boockvar, secretary of the Department of State — which oversees elections — says a law enacted last fall made significant changes to Pennsylvania elections.

"Act 77 really provides historic levels of voter convenience that we’ve never seen in Pennsylvania," Boockvar said. 

One of those conveniences is voting by mail; you can now go online to apply for a mail-in ballot

No reason is needed to vote by mail, although you will still be asked to vote by absentee ballot if you are going to be away from your home municipality on election day or have a disability or illness. 

The changes enacted last fall also include moving up the deadline to register to vote to 15 days before an election, instead of 30 days. 

The registration deadline for the primary is April 13. April 21 is the deadline to apply for mail-in or absentee ballots.