Absentee Voting

Persons qualified to vote by absentee ballot:

  • Persons who will be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
  • Members of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine, and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on Election Day
  • Physically disabled persons
  • Persons sixty-five years of age or older
  • Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
  • Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on day of election or within a four-day period before the election
  • Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
  • Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
  • Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
  • Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day.

Procedures for voting by absentee ballot:

Qualified voters may vote absentee in person or by mail.

In Person - Visit the Lancaster County Voter Registration office at 101 North Main St, complete an application, and cast your ballot.  You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.

By Mail -

  • Step 1: Contact the Lancaster County Voter Registration office to request an absentee ballot application.  You may make the request in person or by phone, online, mail, email, or fax.
  • Step 2:  You will be mailed an application - unless you complete the online application (linked above).
  • Step 3:  Return the completed application to your county voter registration office by 5:00 p.m. on the 4th day prior to the election (the 4th day is Friday for all Tuesday elections).  You may return the application in person or by mail, email, or fax. 
  • Step 4:  You will be mailed an absentee ballot.
  • Step 5:  Vote the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to your county voter registration office by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election.  You may return the ballot in person or by mail.