MAIL-IN AND ABSENTEE VOTING
If you received a mail-in ballot but have not mailed it in, it is too late to expect the post office to get it to Voter Services on time. So you can either:
1) Drop your completed ballot at one of 6 drop-off sites in the County. See details HERE.
2) Go to your polling place Tuesday between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., tell poll workers that you did not mail in your ballot, and vote using a provisional ballot.
You may NOT submit a mail-in ballot at your polling place on June 2.
Thanks to 2019 changes in voting law, you can now vote by mail without giving any reason.
You can apply for a mail-in ballot at the State site. That page can be translated into many languages. You can also pick up a blank form in person (bring identification) at Voter Services, 601 Westtown Rd, Suite 150, West Chester, PA 19380. Get more background info here.
Voter Services must receive your application for a mail-in ballot one week in advance: by 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election. Postmarks do not count.
In section 3 of the form, your municipality is the political entity where you live (e.g., West Goshen), not your postal address (which, for West Goshen, would be West Chester). “Ward” applies to just a few municipalities, e.g., West Chester ward 3. “Voting district” refers to precinct number, which for that ward is 835.
In section 4, under “Where To Mail Ballot,” put an address where you can receive your ballot by mail (in case you have travel planned). If you have questions about timing, or have already applied but need to change that address, call Voter Services (610-344-6410 and choose the option to speak with someone.
FILLING OUT AND SENDING YOUR BALLOT
When you receive and are filling out the actual ballot, be sure to follow instructions precisely.
Don’t forget to fill out the BACK of the outer envelope. And put on a STAMP!
Voter Services must receive your mail-in ballot by 8:00 p.m. on election day. But try not to push the deadline! Postmarks do not count.
You can return your voted mail-in ballot by mailing it in the envelope provided with your ballot; or, you can drop it off in person at the Voter Service office (if you choose this option, you must go yourself and take valid identification).
After you have sent in your application, you can check its status here.
If you didn’t return your ballot by the deadline or aren’t sure whether the County received your ballot in time, you may go to your polling place on election day and vote provisionally. However, if the County received your mail-in ballot on time, that will count and the provisional vote will not.
So if you are having trouble making up your mind whom to vote for, bear in mind: a timely mail-in ballot CANNOT BE CHANGED! Get all the info you need to be SURE about your votes!
If you qualify as an absentee voter, you must vote by absentee ballot. You will need to indicate your reason, either
• I will be absent from my municipality
• I have an illness or physical disability
Otherwise, the process is the same as for mail-in voting.
There is also a provision for emergency absentee voting if a sudden emergency (like being hospitalized) after the absentee ballot application deadline prevents you from going to the polls as planned.
THE LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR A MAIL-IN BALLOT IS 7 DAYS BEFORE EACH ELECTION but…
In November 2018 almost 500 Democratic ballots sent by mail were not counted in Chester County because they arrived after the deadline. Do not let this happen to your vote! Be sure Voter Services receives your voted ballot by election day. Your vote is important!
Chester County Democratic Committee
37 South High St., West Chester, PA 19382
(610) 692-5811 • [email protected]
© 2019 Chester County Democratic Committee