MAIL-IN AND ABSENTEE VOTING
If you cannot or prefer not to go in person to your polling place on election day, you can vote by mail or absentee.
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 get the 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.
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).
In any case, 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.
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.
If you are having trouble making up your mind whom to vote for and are hoping for further information, bear in mind: a timely mail-in ballot CANNOT BE CHANGED!
In part 3 of the form, your municipality is the political entity where you live (e.g., West Goshen), not your postal address (for West Goshen, that 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.
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 procedures and links to apply are 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!
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." — Nelson Mandela
Chester County Democratic Committee
37 South High St., West Chester, PA 19382
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