HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés reminded voters that today, November 1, is the final day to apply for an absentee ballot. "As everyone knows, we have a very important General Election coming up on November 8," Cortés said. "Absentee balloting gives eligible Pennsylvanians who are unable to go to the polls on Election Day the opportunity to exercise their right to vote." If voters are planning to request their absentee ballot today, Cortés encouraged them to submit their requests and vote their absentee ballot in person at their County Board of Elections Office. "Due to recent cutbacks in service by the U.S. Postal Service, anyone who is planning to mail their absentee ballot risks missing the deadline," Cortés explained. Completed absentee ballots must be received by their county election offices no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, November 4. Comprehensive information about absentee ballots, including a downloadable request form, can be found at the Department of State's website votesPA.com. Applicants will be asked to supply basic voter registration information and to specify a reason for applying to vote absentee. Absentee ballots may be cast by deployed members of the military, Pennsylvania students attending out-of-state colleges or universities, individuals with illnesses or disabilities, and individuals who will be away from their municipality on business on Election Day.