Do you have a plan to vote? In the November 3rd election, you can vote in person or by mail. However you’re voting, make sure you have a plan in place and that you understand how to make your vote count.
If you’re voting by mail, please note that Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has reached some key decisions since the primary that could affect your ballot. Make sure you understand the rules for your ballot so that your vote is counted!
Mail-In Voting: 1. If you haven’t already applied for your mail-in ballot, do so AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. The official deadline is October 27th, but don’t wait until then and risk USPS delays. You can apply here. 2. When you receive your ballot, DON’T THROW ANYTHING AWAY. Instead, read all directions carefully and review this short video to understand how to complete your ballot properly. Here are some key reminders:
- You must fill out your ballot using blue or black ink.
- Your ballot must be placed into the blank white secrecy envelope.
- Place the blank white envelope into the official mailing envelope
- Fill out the voter declaration on the front of the envelope as directed
Under Pennsylvania law, your ballot will not be counted if it is returned without the secrecy envelope. The state’s Supreme Court has ruled that any ballot with only the outer envelope (known as a “naked ballot”) must not be counted.
To return your ballot, you can either send it through the mail or drop it off at a ballot box by November 3rd. As of now, mail-in ballots can be dropped off on the ground floor of the Delaware County Courthouse – but keep an eye on this page for updates, as there will likely be additional locations available across the county.
If you’re returning by mail, your ballot must be postmarked by November 3rd and received by the County Office by November 6th. Don’t take any chances – fill out your ballot ASAP and send it back as soon as you can!
In-person voting: If you’re voting in person, note that some polling places have changed as a result of the pandemic. You can look up your polling place here. Your polling place may not be the same as where you voted during the primary.
Polls are open from 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM, and you’ll be able to vote as long as you are in line by 8:00 PM (even if the lines are long and you aren’t in the booth by 8:00).
Elections that represent the will of all voters are the foundation of a thriving and healthy democracy. Whether you’re planning to vote in person or by mail, make sure you know what steps to take to ensure your vote is counted.