Way to Vote in November

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At your Precinct:

At your precinct on November 3rd, 2020, most in-Most in-person voters in Delaware County will vote using a hand-marked paper ballot. Some voters will vote using the Hart Verity Touch Writer to mark their ballot. All voters will cast their ballot by feeding it into the Hart Verity Scanner, which will record the vote and signal the voter that the ballot has been cast.

Once the scanner records your vote, it will deposit the paper ballot in the ballot box. Each precinct election board will be able to report its unofficial vote counts from the scanners at the end of the night, using the same process that was followed with the Danaher voting machines that were used through 2019. The paper ballots will be returned with the scanner drives to the County Election Office. The benefit of the new Hart system is that the paper ballots will backstop the scanner counts if an audit or recount is necessary.

If you have any questions at the polling place on election day, poll workers are there to help you. Poll workers are trained to maintain the secrecy of your ballot. To find your polling location, visit https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/

Vote by mail

Either by

A. Absentee ballot, if you will be absent from the municipality on election day or if you have a disability or illness (doctor’s information required); or

B. Mail-in ballot, also called no excuse, which any qualified voter may simply request without a reason.

You can apply for either type of mail ballot online at www.votesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot, or you can download and mail a hard copy, available at https://www.delcopa.gov/

Return your voted by mail ballot by:

1. Sending it in the mail. Allow time for delivery ¬– the ballot must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

2. Delivering it in person to a County election office (you may only hand-deliver your own ballot). Check back on this page for a list of approved locations and hours. The Bureau of Elections office at 201 W. Front Street in Media is currently open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.

3. Depositing it one of Delaware County’s approved ballot drop boxes. A list of locations for official county drop boxes will be available soon.

Seal your voted ballot in the provided privacy envelope and then the official return envelope. Make sure to sign and date the declaration on the outside of the return envelope.

It’s important to know your vote is final once your county receives your voted mail ballot. However, you may cast a regular in-person ballot at your polling place by surrendering your mail ballot and envelope to the judge of elections to be voided.

At the Bureau of Elections starting late September 2020

You can apply for, mark, and return a vote-by-mail ballot all in one stop at a County election office. We recommend you bring a form of ID and your completed application for a mail-in or absentee ballot (if you do not have an application, one will be provided).

Allow approximately 15 minutes for your application to be processed, your ballot printed, and for you to complete your ballot. County election office locations and hours for voting will be available on this page soon.

Important Dates:

Late September-Early October – The Bureau of Elections will begin sending out vote-by-mail ballots. State certification of a finalized ballot is pending ongoing litigation.

October 19 – Last day to register to vote before the November election.

October 27 – Last day to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot. However, we strongly encourage you to apply earlier to allow time for processing and mail delivery.

November 3 – Election Day! All vote-by-mail ballots must be received by the Bureau of Elections no later than 8:00 p.m. when polls close.

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Delaware County, presently consisting of over 184 square miles divided into forty-nine municipalities is the oldest settled section of Pennsylvania.

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