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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Nake Ballot? How do I make sure my vote counts?

Naked ballots are mail-in ballots that arrive at election bureaus without inner “secrecy envelopes.” More Information to make sure your vote counts...

Early Voting - Can I vote early in Delaware County?

Early voting is not authorized in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Voters have two choices: mail-in or absentee ballots or in-person voting.

Change of Name, Address and Party Affilication

You can update the address for your mail-in ballot online. Follow this link and scroll down to the section for updating your address. The system will automatically update your information in the system. You must do so by the deadline for voter registration – 15 days before the election, or October 19 by 5 p.m.

Mail-In/Absentee Ballots:

Mail-In/Absentee Ballots: I can’t remember if I applied in the spring for my mail-in or absentee ballot.
How can I find out?

You can use the ballot tracker to determine if there is an application on file. In the alternative, you can contact the Elections Bureau by phone at 610-891-4673 or by email at DelcoElection @co.delaware.pa.us. Please include your full name and voting address.

Track the Status of Your Mail in or Absentee Ballot

I've changed my mind and no longer want to vore by mail-in or absentee ballot. How can I cancel my application?

In order to cancel your application for a mail-in ballot, you must complete, sign and return a form which can be found on the website. It is the last link on the page: “Request to Cancel Permanent Absentee or Mail-In Status”.

May I drop iff my mail in or absentee ballot at the election office?

For mail-in and absentee ballots, you can walk into the Elections Bureau (Ground Floor, Government Center, 100 West Front Street, Media, PA 19063) to drop off your voted ballot. That’s available during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What kind of ID is required to complete a personal drop-off?

None. The individual is asked if it is their ballot, but that is the only request made of the voter.

Does the voter need to fill out the mail-in or absentee ballot in the presence of the Elections Division personnel in order for the ballot to be valid?

No. The declaration envelope is the voter’s affirmation, under penalty of perjury, that they are the person who completed it.

If a voter has other voters in his or her household, may the voter bring the ballots of the other household members to the Elections office without the other household members being present

No. State law requires that the voter return their own ballot.

If a person wants to have someone else deliver his or her ballot in person, is there some kind of affidavit form that the voter can use to authorize someone else to drop off his or her ballot?

Yes. That form will be posted on the website and an explanation provided prior to ballots being sent out.

How soon after I receive my ballot can I can drop it off at the election office?

You can vote and drop it off that same day (provided that it’s during business hours). There is no waiting period.

Ballots must be returned by 8 PM on election day.

Is my mail-in or absentee ballot date and time stamped when it is received by Elections?

A person’s mail-in or absentee ballot has a declaration envelope with it that must be completed, signed and returned with the ballot in it in order for the vote to be counted. That envelope has a bar code on it that is associated with the voter. When the voted ballot is received, that bar code is scanned and the system immediately updated to reflect that the ballot has been returned.

How are mail-in and absentee ballots secured once they are turned in?

All ballots, once scanned into the system, are secured under lock and key, in a room which is also under camera. They remain there until 7 AM on Election Day at which time they are brought out with witnesses, opened, and the process begun to count them.

Drop Boxes:

Are there any plans for drop boxes for mail-in or absentee ballots?

As the date of the election nears, there is planning to have drop off in the lobby of the building during expanded hours as was done for the primary.

The dropboxes will be in a location which will be monitored by a video cameras.

Will there be other drop-off locations besides the one at the Elections office?

Yes, we are currently working on placing ballot drop boxes in locations in the County.

Parking is difficult in Media. What accommodations will be made for when I want to drop off my ballot?

For the residents to drop off there ballots at the Courthouse and Government Center, there will be spaces will be set aside on Front Street on Election Day for voters to just pull up outside of the building and go into the lobby to drop off their ballot.

If a voter has other voters in his or her household, may the voter bring the ballots of the other household members to the drop box location without the other household members being present?

No. State law requires that the voter return their ballot.

If a person wants to have someone else deliver his or her ballot in person, is there some kind of affidavit form that the voter can use to authorize someone else to drop off his or her ballot

Yes. That form will be posted on the website and an explanation provided prior to ballots being sent out.

Is my mail-in or absentee ballot date and time stamped when it is received by Elections?

A person’s mail-in or absentee ballot has a declaration envelope with it that must be completed, signed and returned with the ballot in it in order for the vote to be counted. That envelope has a bar code on it that is associated with the voter. When the voted ballot is received, that bar code is scanned and the system immediately updated to reflect that the ballot has been returned.

How are mail-in and absentee ballots secured once they are turned in?

All ballots, once scanned into the system, are transported to the Elections Warehouse where they are secured under lock and key, in a room which is also under camera. They are also sealed in a shrink wrap so it is clear that they have not been accessed. They remain there until 7 AM on Election Day at which time they are brought out with witnesses, opened, and the process begun to count them.

Poll Workers:

Do you still need poll workers for the November election?

Yes. We’re asking volunteers to sign up through the Election Bureau. Complete a Poll Worker Interest Form

Election Day:

What safety precautions will be in place to protect voters and poll workers from COVID on election day?

Poll workers will be provided with masks, face shields, gloves and personal hand sanitizers. Additionally, cleaning products, hand sanitizer and masks will be on premises for voters, if needed, and to allow for ongoing cleaning of frequently-touched surfaces. Plexiglass barriers are also being secured for check-in tables for further protection.

If a voter comes to the polling place and must vote by provisional ballot, what information/ID must the voter have to complete the ballot?

The same as if they were voting in person.

What protections are in place to prevent a person from voting by mail-in or absentee ballot and then voting at the polls?

When a person has applied – regardless of whether a ballot is returned – their voter record notes that a mail-in or absentee ballot was requested. If that person goes to their polling place, that will be noted next to their name in the poll book. They either need to bring the ballot with them, including envelope, and have it spoiled by the poll workers to vote, or they will be asked to vote a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is not counted on Election Day. Instead, it is returned to the Elections Division and as part of the Return Board process, each would be reviewed to ensure that the individual had not voted by mail-in or absentee ballot, or at the polling place. If no other ballot had been cast by the voter, that ballot would then be opened and counted.

I applied for a mail-in/absentee ballot, but I would rather go to the poll now. I’ve already received my ballot. What are my options?

If you receive your ballot and decide to go to the polling place instead, you should take the entire packet with you and let the poll worker that you would like to spoil your ballot and vote in person instead. They will take the packet and secure it in an envelope to record that action and then you can vote as you would any other time. If you receive your ballot, but misplace it or parts of it, you can still go to the polling place, but you will be asked to vote by provisional ballot. You would not scan your ballot in, but would instead provide it to the poll workers when done. It will be returned to Elections and reviewed as part of the Return Board process. They will verify that the ballot was not cast any other way and, if not, will then open and count the provisional ballot during that process.



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