Drop off your ballot TODAY
If you plan to vote by mail in Pennsylvania in this year’s election, you should have already applied for and received your ballot. With less than one week until Election Day, you should properly complete the ballot and take it directly to a ballot drop-off location, which you can find here.
By using a ballot drop-off location instead of mailing your ballot, you assure your right to vote is exercised without worrying about mail delays or court decisions jeopardizing your vote being counted.
Once you drop off your ballot, you should be on the lookout for an email confirming the receipt and processing of your ballot, OR you can check the status of your ballot here.
If you have not applied to vote by mail in this year’s election, be sure to vote in person on Tuesday, November 3. Polls are open in Pennsylvania from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can find your polling location here.
Again, if you are voting by mail, drop it off yourself at a ballot drop-off location. Also, make sure you complete the ballot properly. Here’s how to do that:
- Read the instructions carefully and mark your ballot. Be sure to complete the front and back of each page.
- Seal your ballot in the white inner secrecy envelope that indicates official ballot. Do not place any marks on the white inner secrecy envelope. Your ballot must be enclosed in the white inner secrecy envelope to be counted.
- Seal the inner secrecy envelope in the pre-addressed outer return envelope. Complete, sign and date the voter’s declaration on the outside of the outer return envelope. If you do not sign the outer return envelope, your ballot will not be counted.
- You should then return your voted ballot to the county board of elections. The deadline to return absentee and mail-in ballots is by 8 p.m. on election day, but the sooner the better.
- You can mail your ballot. The Department of State is providing pre-paid postage on mail ballot return envelopes, it must be postmarked by 8 pm on election day (November 3) or
- You can hand-deliver your ballot before 8 pm on election day (November 3) to your:
- county election office or
- other officially designated site.
- Some counties are providing drop-boxes for mail ballots.
However you choose to vote, make a plan and be safe!