Vote by Mail and Keep Your Options Open

Getting a Vote By Mail Ballot Gives You Options!

The County will start mailing ballots to voters who have applied for them beginning in late September or early October.  With a mail-in ballot, you then have three ways to vote.

First, you just complete the ballot. Vote in all the races; there is no "straight party" voting. NO NAKED BALLOTS! Seal it in the secrecy envelope, seal that in the return envelope, sign and date the return envelope and send it back, postage paid by the state.

Second,  there are three ways you may vote early in person. 

A) You may take YOUR OWN completed mail-in ballot sealed in the secrecy envelope (no naked ballots) and the signed and dated return envelope to the County Board of Elections and deliver it in person on or before October 27.  You may only deliver your own ballot this way, you may not deliver a family member's or anyone else's ballot.   If you decide to do this, call the Board of Elections first to make sure of their hours. 

B) You may go to the Board of Elections, apply for a mail-in ballot, receive it, and vote it all in one trip. Call the Board of Elections first to make sure of their hours. 

C) Beginning October 3, you may drop YOUR OWN ballot, and ONLY YOUR OWN ballot in Drop Boxes at several locations around the County.  You must complete the ballot, seal it in the secrecy envelope and sign the return envelope for your ballot to be counted.  Click here for locations and hours.

Third, you may take your mail-in ballot and the return envelope to your polling place on Election Day and vote in person in the regular way.  You will surrender your ballot to the Judge of Elections and sign a declaration that you have not voted in any other way.

So you see, no need to panic.  With a bit of planning you and everyone you know will be able to vote safely and securely. The important thing is not to delay, but to

Take Action Today and Apply to Vote by Mail:

  • Before you do anything, check to be sure you are registered to vote at your current address and make any necessary changes at VotesPA.com/StatusNote: The polling location displayed will be the one used for the primary.  In most cases, we will be voting at our regular polling places in November.  Be sure to check back closer to Election Day, November 3, if you plan to vote in person. 
  • Also, if you plan to vote in person on election day, be sure to allow for extra time at the polls.  With Covid measures in place, lines and waits are expected to be long and with social distancing, you may have wait outside, so dress for the weather.
  • Before applying for a mail-in ballot, check to be sure you did not already apply for a ballot, especially if you voted by mail in the primary.  Check Your Status Here.

  • If you see “Application Received” for the “2020 General Election”, you should not apply for a ballot.  You should receive your ballot in late September or early October.  Use the link above at any time to check the status.

  • When the county has finished processing your application, your status will look like this:mailinballotstatus.png
  • If the status does not reflect that you have applied for the 2020 General Election, and you have a PA driver's license or PennDOT ID, you should Apply for a Mail in Ballot Here 

  • If you you have a PA driver's license or PennDOT ID, and limited or no access to the internet, you may also call the PA Dems Voter Assistance Hotline at 1-833-PAVOTES (833-728-6837) and they will assist you in applying.
  • Be sure to vote and return your ballot as soon as you receive it!  Vote in all the races.  New this year, there is no "straight party" voting. Follow the instructions carefully, seal your ballot in the secrecy envelope, NO NAKED BALLOTS, and sign the return envelope.  Don't wait and risk delay in the mail. 

  • This video shows you how to complete your ballot so it will be counted

  • One week after you return the ballot, check to be sure it was received by clicking here.

  • Beginning October 3, you may drop YOUR OWN ballot, and ONLY YOUR OWN ballot in Drop Boxes at several locations around the County.  You must complete the ballot, seal it in the secrecy envelope (no naked ballots) and sign the return envelope for your ballot to be counted.  Click here for locations and hours.

  • If you have questions about the process or are concerned that your ballot was not received, call the PA Dems Voter Assistance Hotline at 1-833-PAVOTES (833-728-6837).

We will update this information if circumstances change.   If you have questions at any time about voting, call the PA Dems Voter Assistance Hotline at 1-833-PAVOTES (833-728-6837). 

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