Welcome to the Election Bureau web page.
As a result of the passing of Act 77 last year—which made mail-in balloting far more accessible—as well as the emphasis on mail-in voting due to COVID-19 concerns, an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots were requested for this year’s June Primary Election, creating extraordinary challenges for elections offices across the state, including in Delaware County.
Additionally, given that the state courts did not resolve ballot challenges and finalize the County’s ballot until April 28, the County was not able to send mail in ballots until May 4. This compressed the timeframe to process this historically high number of mail-in ballots, all during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating further staffing and logistical challenges. The Election Board was simultaneously consolidating polling locations and recruiting poll workers to fill in for long time election board members who decided not to work this election due to their elevated risk from COVID-19.
These changes and challenges have understandably left many voters with questions. We will continue to assess ‘lessons learned’ and post election information on this page as we move to the 2020 General Election.
Delaware County had a record number of provisional ballots cast during the June 2020 Primary Election. In total, 7,750 provisional ballots were cast—almost 8 times the previous record in Delco and close to 20 times the average. This was an unprecedented volume of provisional ballots. Despite this, all provisional ballots that could be counted have been counted. Unfortunately, voters who cast provisional ballots are still unable to verify that their vote was counted.
Why? There are several factors at play. First, provisional ballots go through a multi-step review process and are checked against all recorded votes before they could be counted. This is done to eliminate the possibility of a double vote. Once the review of the provisional ballots was completed, the Voter Registration team had to manually remove the ballots in the privacy envelopes and then send the ballots to the Election Bureau staff to be counted. This was an immense manual process that took a significant amount of time and energy because provisional ballots do not have bar codes that can be scanned (a critical though complicated security measure). Next, our Voter Registration team had to go back into the state’s secure voter registration system to enter each individual provisional ballot. Unfortunately, the portal is not designed to allow us to upload, certify, and make individual provisional ballots accessible to voters on a rolling basis. Instead, all 7,750 provisional ballots have to be entered before the entire load of provisional ballots can be “certified” on the system and accessible to the Delaware County voters.
The good news? The Voter Registration staff is now targeting the week of June 29 for certification. A communication will be sent by Delaware County once the certification of provisional ballots has been completed.
In short, yes. Due to the current frustrations with the 2020 Primary Election, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar is creating a mechanism to allow people to rescind their decision to vote by mail-in ballot for the General Election. An online form will be made accessible in the coming weeks, and Delaware County voters will be notified once the form is available.
Please note: The Board of Elections is aggressively working to improve the mail-in voting experience and to ensure that mail-in ballot applications are delivered and processed in a timely manner during the upcoming November election cycle.
Delaware County voters will be using the Hart Verity 2.3.4 Voting System beginning in this year’s Primary Election on June 2, 2020.
The system, certified by the PA Department of State, meets the Governor’s mandate for a verifiable paper trail. It includes plain text which voters can read to verify their vote before casting their ballot. You can learn how to use the new machine and what to expect in this video.
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The Bureau of Elections supervises the conduction of elections in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The office prepares machine ballots, programs voting machines, processes and issues absentee ballots, oversees district election workers, and maintains county and local candidate filings for elected offices. In addition, the office also maintains records of county election results, campaign finance filings, polling places and district election workers.
Residents of Delaware County who seek to run for public office in their municipality may obtain petitions from the Bureau of Elections, Ground Floor, Government Center Building, Media, Pennsylvania. All state level petitions such as Governor or State Legislators are available from the Department of State, Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation, 210 N. Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120 or by telephone at 1-717-787-5280. For additional information on how to run for public office individuals may contact their party chairman/headquarters or consult the Pennsylvania Election Code.
The Bureau of Elections supervises the filing and record keeping of Campaign Expense Reports for various organizations, individuals making independent expenditures, candidates and those elected officials - who have registered a campaign committee or who file individual candidate reports. These reports are filed with the Bureau of Elections under the Campaign Expense Reporting Law at various times during the year. The Campaign Finance Reporting Law is complex and contains direction on who must file, when to file and how to file. For your review the Campaign Finance Reporting Law is listed in a PDF document below.
It is the Committee's responsibility to comply with the Department of States filing schedule. Committee treasurer and or committee chairman must review the filing schedule for each period to determine if they are required to file a campaign finance report. Refer to the 2020 Campaign Finance Reporting Calendar
Absentee Ballot Applications for registered voters of Delaware County are available upon request (written or oral) at the Bureau of Elections. Absentee ballots are sent worldwide as needed for each election. State law provides that you may vote by absentee ballot if you are absent from the municipality of residence on Election Day. A separate application must be made for each election. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is the last Tuesday prior to Election Day.
Pennsylvania State law prohibits anyone other than the voter themselves from hand delivering their voted absentee ballot to the Delaware County Bureau of Elections, except for those with disabilities.
Polling places are open from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. in Delaware County on Election Day.
Our mailing address is:
Delaware County Bureau of Elections
Government Center Bldg
201 W. Front Street, Media, PA 19063