Pennsylvania to provide postage-paid return envelopes with mail and absentee ballots
August 4, 2020
The Pennsylvania Department of State will provide funding for postage so all eligible voters can return their mail-in and absentee ballots at no cost to the voter for the 2020 general election.
“Our goal is to make voting as accessible, safe, and easy for eligible voters as possible,” Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar said. “Mail-in or absentee voting with prepaid postage means Pennsylvanians can vote from the comfort of their own home, without having to make a trip to the post office to buy a stamp, during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Eligible voters may apply for their mail-in or absentee ballot online at https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/OnlineAbsenteeApplication/#/OnlineAbsenteeBegin, in person at their county election offices, or by paper forms submitted by mail. Once the county determines the voter is eligible, the Department’s funding will allow the counties to send a postage-paid ballot-return envelope with the ballot to the voter for their easy return.
The Department of State is working with individual counties to identify the easiest manner of implementing pre-paid postage for November’s returned ballots – whether it be reimbursed metered postage, funding Business Reply Mail (BRM) postage costs, or reimbursement for stamps.
“When we provided return postage for ballots during the primary, the process was even easier for people who wanted to vote in this manner. This step statewide ensures even greater access to all voting options for residents,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.
All eligible Pennsylvanians now have the option of voting by mail-in ballot without having to provide an excuse. In the 2020 primary election, nearly 1.5 million Pennsylvanians securely cast their vote by mail-in or absentee ballot.
For voters who prefer to vote in person, polling places will be available in all counties on election day, November 3, from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
For more information about mail-in and absentee ballots and voting in Pennsylvania visit www.votespa.com.