Vote-by-Mail Ballots

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Delaware County registered voters can vote in every election using a vote-by-mail ballot, which will allow them to cast their ballot by mail, at any of 41 secured county ballot drop box located in municipalities throughout Delaware County, or in-person at the Delaware County Bureau of Election’s Voter Service Center located at the Government Center Building in Media, PA.

There are two types of vote-by-ballots: the traditional absentee ballot, and the no-excuse mail-in ballot. Voters can request either ballot type.

Important details and deadlines are listed on this page.



Important Vote-by-Mail Deadlines

Vote-by-Mail Ballot Request Deadline: Applications for mail-in ballots and absentee ballots must be received by Delaware County Bureau of Elections no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26.

Ballot Returns: Completed vote-by-mail ballots must be received by the Bureau of Elections no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2.



APPLYING FOR YOUR VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT

Note! Before you can cast a vote-by-mail ballot, be sure that you are registered to vote. Visit our Voter Registration page for details.

In Pennsylvania, residents must register to vote no later than 15 days before the election. If you are not currently registered, you have until Monday, October 18, 2021, to register for the 2021 General Election. The registration process can be done online, by mail, or in-person at our Voter Service Center. If you are not sure if you are registered, use the online Voter Registration Status Check.


Apply for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot Online

If you are a registered voter, visit the Pennsylvania Ballot Request Application page. From this page you can complete an online application.


Apply for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot with a Paper Application

You can download and print a mail-in ballot application or absentee ballot application:

Mail-in Ballot Applications:

Application for Mail-in Ballot (English)
Application for Mail-in Ballot (Spanish)
Application for Mail-in Ballot (Vietnamese)
Application for Mail-in Ballot (Chinese Simplified)
Application for Mail-in Ballot (Chinese Traditional)

Absentee Ballot Applications:

Application for Absentee Ballot (English)
Application for Absentee Ballot (Spanish)
Application for Absentee Ballot (Vietnamese)
Application for Absentee Ballot (Chinese Simplified)
Application for Absentee Ballot (Chinese Traditional)

Mail your completed mail-in ballot application or absentee ballot application to the Bureau of Elections:

Delaware County Bureau of Elections
2501 Seaport Dr. Suite BH120
Chester, PA 19013


Apply for a Vote-by-Mail Ballot In-Person

You can visit our Delaware County Bureau of Elections Voter Service Center to request a mail-in ballot application or absentee ballot application in person.

In addition, if you successfully complete the application on-site, you will have the option of immediately receiving your ballot and submitting your voted ballot at the Voter Service Center, or taking it with you to return at a later time (either by mail, at the Voter Service Center, or at a Delaware County Ballot Drop Box). This option is available starting 50 days before Election Day and ending 7 days before Election Day.


Canceling Your Vote-by-Mail Ballot and Permanent Status

If you wish to no longer receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the upcoming election you can submit this form to cancel the request and instead vote in-person on Election Day.

Please note: If you opted to receive an annual application to vote-by-mail, this form will discontinue these automatic mailings and cancels your “permanent status”. If you submit this form, you will need to reapply to vote-by-mail for future elections.

Delaware County residents should return the form to the Election Department’s address in Chester, PA.

2501 Seaport Drive
Suite BH120
Chester, PA 19013-2267

Request to Cancel Vote-by-Mail Ballot Form



RECEIVING AND FILLING OUT YOUR MAIL-IN BALLOT OR ABSENTEE BALLOT

All mail-in ballot applications are processed by the Delaware County Bureau of Elections. Processing time varies. Check the status of your mail-in ballot application using the Election Ballot Status Check tool. Once you receive your ballot, review the materials.

Mark your ballot, following instructions included with the ballot.

Once you have filled out your mail-in ballot, place it in the secrecy envelope and then put the secrecy envelope into the official envelope. Be sure to sign the declaration, or your ballot may not count!



VOTE-BY-MAIL ELECTION BALLOT STATUS CHECK

Delaware County voters can check the status of their vote-by-mail ballot application with the Pennsylvania Department of State's Election Ballot Status tool.



RETURNING YOUR MAIL-IN/ABSENTEE BALLOT

Important Reminders! Return of a ballot by anyone other than the voter is prohibited unless the person returning the ballot is rendering assistance to a disabled voter or an emergency absentee voter. Such assistance requires a declaration signed by the voter and by the person rendering assistance. This form is listed below. It can be submitted in-person at a Voter Service Center.

Whether you are returning your ballot by mail, ballot drop box, or in-person at the Voter Service Center, please be sure to place your voted mail-in/absentee ballot in the secrecy ballot provided to you, seal it, and then place this envelope within the larger return envelope. Then fill out, sign, and date the declaration on the outside of the return envelope. If your ballot is mailed without the secrecy envelope or your return envelope is not signed your vote will not be counted.

Third Party Ballot Delivery for Mail Voting Form


Returning Your Mail-In/Absentee Ballot by Mail

The official mail-in ballot and absentee ballot return envelope is self-addressed and postage-paid, requiring no additional steps or costs to mail it using the United States Postal Service. Simply place the envelope in your typical mail pickup repository, any USPS Drop Box (aka, a blue box), bring it to a USPS Post Office for processing, or have USPS pick up your ballot like any other parcel for no charge (all ballots are self-addressed, and postage paid). If you elect to use a for-profit mail-delivery service, please check with that carrier to determine hours of operation, delivery timeframes, and possible costs.

You can also choose to use an alternate mail carrier, including FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. Visit the carrier’s website for more information regarding deliverability and possible charges.

USPS  |  FedEx  |  UPS  |  DHL

Vote-by-mail ballots must be received by the County by 8 p.m. Civilian ballots cast in the United States received after 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2—regardless of postmark—cannot be counted. However, military and overseas voters’ ballots can be received through Tuesday, November 9.


Returning Your Mail-In Ballot or Absentee Ballot at a Delaware County Ballot Drop Box

Mail-in ballots and absentee ballots can be returned to the Delaware County Bureau of Elections through any Delaware County Ballot Drop Box. Vote-by-mail ballots must be placed in a secure ballot drop box by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2. Postage is not required.


Returning Your Mail-In Ballot or Absentee Ballot at the Bureau of Elections Voter Service Center in Media

Mail-in ballots and absentee ballots can be returned to the Delaware County Bureau of Elections Voter Service Center. Vote-by-mail ballots cast at a Voter Service Center must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2.



LAST MINUTE EMERGENCIES

In emergency situations (such as an unexpected illness or disability and last-minute absence) following the deadline at 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election, you can request an Emergency Absentee Ballot.

Emergency Absentee Ballot Request Form

The deadline to submit your Emergency Absentee Ballot Application to the County Election Office is 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2.

If you are unable to pick up and/or return your emergency absentee ballot yourself, this form allows you to authorize a representative to do it for you. The voter or authorized representative must return this form and the ballot to the County Bureau of Elections by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2.

Authorized Representative for Emergency Absentee Ballot Form



MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTERS

To register to vote and/or apply for an absentee ballot as a military or civilian overseas voter, you can complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Return the signed form by:

Email attachment to DelcoElection@co.delaware.pa.us, or mail to:

Delaware County Bureau of Elections
2501 Seaport Dr. Suite BH120
Chester, PA 19013

The deadline to register to vote is TWO WEEKS before Election Day, and a ballot request must be received by the day BEFORE Election Day. For more information, see the Federal Voting Assistance Program guide for Pennsylvania.

You can select to receive your absentee ballot by email/online, fax, or mail. Once you receive the ballot, mark it and submit it for delivery by mail no later than 11:59 p.m. on the day BEFORE Election Day. The Bureau of Elections must receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots by 5:00 p.m. ONE WEEK after Election Day.

If you do not receive your absentee ballot in time to return it to participate in the election, you can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). This is an official backup ballot that is blank, meaning it does not include the names of any candidates. It can only be used if you have already submitted an FPCA request, and a FWAB will only be counted if we do not receive your absentee ballot by the deadline. You can review the 2021 Municipal Notice approximately one month prior to Election Day to determine which offices that will be included on the ballot.



HOW TO VOTE IN-PERSON IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED A VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT

If you receive a mail-in/absentee ballot but decide you would prefer to vote in person at your polling place, you can do so. You must bring your ballot in the declaration envelope with you on Election Day, inform the poll workers that you would like to spoil your ballot and vote in-person instead, and surrender it to your precinct Judge of Elections. You can then cast a regular in-person ballot.

If you do not have your mail-in/absentee ballot to surrender at your polling place, you may cast a provisional ballot. This will be counted only if the Bureau of Elections does not receive the mail-in/absentee ballot that was sent to you.



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