Released: October 21, 2020
Delaware Country registered voters are reminded that vote-by-mail applications (for both mail-in and absentee ballots) must be received by the Delaware County Bureau of Elections by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27.
With only one week remaining until the deadline, Delaware County voters who prefer to avoid voting in-person on election day are advised to request a mail-in or absentee ballot online. Registered voters can complete their application on the Pennsylvania Department of State website at www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/ or through the Delco Votes! election website at delcopa.gov/votebymail.
Voters can also submit a request to vote-by-mail by mailing or hand delivering a paper application to the Delaware County Bureau of Elections. Paper applications, in both English and Spanish, can be downloaded from the Delco Votes! website or picked up in-person from any of the Delaware County Voter Service Centers located in Media, Upper Darby, and Chester. Completed applications can be returned to the same location or sent by mail to the Delaware County Bureau of Elections (201 W. Front St., Media, PA 19063). Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 27.
Locations and hours of the Voter Service Centers can be found here: delcopa.gov/vsc
Voted ballots returned by mail must be submitted for delivery by November 3 by 8:00 p.m. and received by the County by November 6 at 5:00 p.m. Voted ballots that are returned to a ballot drop box or Voter Service Center must be submitted by November 3 by 8 p.m. Ballots must be completed in blue or black ink, be correctly returned using the inner security envelope, and properly signed and sealed to be counted.
Please note: Pennsylvania election law and the Delaware County Bureau of Elections protocols ensure that properly voted ballots will be counted. If a voter misplaces or believes that they never received their vote-by-mail ballot (mail-in or absentee), a voter can visit a Voter Service Center and request a new ballot. Voters can also go to their polling place on Election Day, speak to the precinct Judge of Elections, and cast a provisional ballot in-person. Their in-person 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 mail-in ballot to their polling place, have it voided, and then vote on-site.