Released: October 23, 2020
Delaware County and the State continue to receive a record number of requests for vote-by-mail ballots, with over 140,000 vote-by-mail ballots mailed out to Delaware County voters as of October 23, 2020.
The Delaware County Bureau of Elections is rapidly processing all returned vote-by-mail ballots, with nearly 55,000 vote-by-mail ballots scanned into the system as received. This includes mail-in and absentee ballots that have been received by the County by mail, at the County’s Voter Service Centers, and from ballot drop boxes located in municipalities across the county.
Before voters consider getting a replacement ballot, the Delaware County Bureau of Elections recommends that they continue to track their ballot online. A voter’s ballot status will show as “Pending” if their application for a mail-in or absentee ballot has been approved, but their voted ballot has not yet been scanned in as received.
Voters who have returned their vote-by-mail ballot (mail-in or absentee) but do not yet have confirmation that their ballot has been received, per the State’s online Election Ballot Status tool, are advised to allow additional time for their ballot’s status to be updated to “Vote Recorded” (which confirms that the ballot has been received by the Bureau of Elections).
Delaware County voters can visit the Election Ballot Status tracker on the Pennsylvania Voter Services website at www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/ to confirm the status of their ballot. Voters can also visit any Delaware County Voter Service Center, with locations in Media, Chester and Upper Darby, to discuss the status of their vote-by-mail.
Voters that misplace their vote-by-mail ballot, damage it, or believe they never received it can visit any Voter Service Center and request a new ballot, or go to their polling place on Election Day, speak to the precinct Judge of Elections, and cast a provisional ballot in-person. Their provisional ballot will be counted if their vote-by-mail ballot is not received by the County by the deadline.
Voters who receive their vote-by-mail ballot and then change their mind and decide to vote in-person on Election Day can take their ballot and declaration envelope to their polling place, have it voided, and then vote on-site.