What is a "Secrecy Envelope" and is it necessary?

Absentee and mail-in ballots must be placed in the envelope marked “Official Election Ballot” and then placed into the signed and dated declaration envelope.

The PA Supreme Court has ruled that absentee and mail-in ballots that are missing the Secrecy Envelope cannot be counted.

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1. What is the difference between an absentee ballot and a mail-in ballot?
2. How may I get a mail-in or absentee ballot?
3. Will I get notifications on the status of my ballot?
4. By what date must I return my ballot?
5. What is a "Secrecy Envelope" and is it necessary?
6. May I return my mail-in or absentee ballot in person?
7. May I return someone's ballot other than my own, such as a family member's?
8. What if I decide to vote in person after applying for an absentee or mail-in ballot?
9. I requested a mail-in or absentee ballot, but it didn't arrive. May I vote in person?
10. If I've already returned my absentee or mail-in ballot, and the county has received it, can I still vote at the polls?