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You can vote by mail for any reason. Here’s how to apply for a mail-in ballot.

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Anyone who is registered to vote can vote by mail in the Philly primary for any reason. Here’s how you can apply for a mail-in ballot. 

How to apply for a mail-in ballot online

To apply for a mail-in ballot online, you can visit the Department of State’s website to fill out an application. 

Read more: 5 things you need to know about the Philly primary election before May 1.

How to apply for a mail-in ballot by mail 

To apply for a mail-in ballot by mail, you can download and print the paper application from the Department of State’s website. You can request an application by mail at 1-877-VOTESPA.

Kensington Voice is also printing mail-in ballot applications and distributing them in our April 2023 newspapers at these 25+ locations

Once you have the form, you can fill it out and mail it to: 

Philadelphia County Board of Elections
City Hall Rm 142
1400 JFK Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19107

How to apply for a mail-in ballot in person

To apply for a mail-in ballot in person, you can visit Philadelphia’s County Board of Elections, which is located in City Hall, Room 142.

How to check the status of your mail-in ballot. 

To track the status of your mail-in ballot, you can visit Pennsylvania’s Voter Services office website and enter your information. 

Read more: First time voting? Recently changed your name? Here’s how to register to vote in Philadelphia.

Have any questions about the mail-in application or the election? 

For more information, please contact Philadelphia’s County Board of Elections office at 215-686-3469 or visit

Editors: Zari Tarazona Designer: Zari Tarazona

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