Your Vote, Your Voice

On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment allowing women to vote passed. One hundred years later, our country is heading into an election during the midst of a pandemic. If you opt to vote by mail in Erie, PA, here is some helpful information. If you are voting in another municipality, check with your county Voter Registration Office. 

How are mail-in and absentee ballots different?  To qualify for a mail-in ballot, you must be registered to vote in Erie County.  To qualify for an absentee ballot, you must be registered to vote in Erie County and will be absent from the municipality or disabled on Election Day. An absentee ballot application may require a doctor’s signature.  If you voted with a mail-in ballot in the spring primary, your ballot for the election will arrive in

How do I apply?  To obtain a paper mail-in or absentee ballot application, visit one of the following: a state wine and spirits store; a state representative’s office; a county library; or contact the Voter Registration Office. You can also download the form at
If you are going to vote with a mail-in ballot, submit your request as soon as possible.

How do I submit my ballot?  Mail your completed ballot using the provided postage paid envelope. You can drop your ballot in the secure box located in front of the Erie County Courthouse or you can hand deliver your ballot to the Voter Registration Office at the Erie County Courthouse. For all mail-in and absentee ballots, be sure to complete the voter’s declaration.

How do I know my ballot has been received and counted?  You can track your ballot at

Some critical dates to remember:

10/29/2020 Last day to REGISTER before the November election.

10/27/2020 Last day to apply for mail-in or civilian absentee ballot.

11/3/2020 ELECTION Day and last day for County Board of Elections to receive voter mail-in and civilian absentee ballots (must be received ty 8:00 p.m.)

Many people fought and sacrificed to allow us to vote.  Don’t let their efforts be in vain.  Look for those candidates who support issues important to you. Make your voice known and vote!

If you are not in the Erie, PA area, be sure to check with your local Voter Registration Office for specifics in your area.

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