How Do I Vote?

Frequently Asked Questions

In-Person Voting:

Should I check to see if I am registered at my current address?

YES -- there are 3 ways to do this:

             Call 1-877-868-3772

             Go to VotesPa.com and click on “Check Your Registration Status”

             Click here.

 

             Many efforts are being made to help citizens vote as quickly as possible after they check in at the polling place.  You can help speed things up by checking your registration status in advance at VotesPA.com and showing up at the correct polling place.

How can I find my polling place?

 

Polling places for Lansdowne are posted on VotesPA.com and LansdowneVotes.com.  Polling places may change, so be sure to check at one of these sites before you go to vote in person.

 

Am I protected from Covid 19 if I vote in person?

 

Election officials are working hard to protect you and themselves. 

 

All Delaware County poll workers are required to wear a face covering or mask in the polling place. Voters, campaign workers, poll watchers, and members of the media in or near an active Delaware County polling place, voter service center, or ballot drop-box are asked to wear a face covering or mask. If a voter refuses to wear a face covering or mask when in the polling place, the Judge of Elections is empowered to take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of poll workers and voters. 

 

Voters in line will be kept 6 feet apart with clearly marked distances. 

 

This year’s voting rooms will be large, with tables and machines well-spaced apart.  Each voter will have their own private space for marking the ballot and will be issued their own pen. 

 

Tables, scanning machines, and other surfaces will be wiped with disinfectant before voters are admitted and repeatedly throughout the day. 

These procedures were in place during the June primary election, and they succeeded in preventing the spread of Covid 19 among voters and poll workers.

If I’m not registered to vote, can I register on Election Day?

 

NO -- Pennsylvania does not have same-day registration.  October 19, 2020 is the last day to register before the Nov. 3 election.

I lost my voter registration card. What should I do?

 

Don’t panic!  You don’t need it to vote.

Do I need a photo ID to vote?

 

As a general rule, you do not need ID to vote. However, you do need one if you’re voting for the first time ever (congratulations!) or for the first time in a particular precinct.

 

Approved forms of photo ID include:

  • Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card

  • ID issued by any Commonwealth of PA agency

  • ID issued by the U.S. Government

  • U.S. passport

  • U.S. Armed Forces ID

  • Student ID

  • Employee ID

 

If you do not have a photo ID, your non-photo identification must include your name and address.  Examples include:

  • Confirmation issued by the County Voter Registration Office

  • Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth of PA

  • Non-photo ID issued by the U.S. Government

  • Firearm permit

  • Current utility bill

  • Current bank statement

  • Current paycheck

  • Government check

 

When is Election Day, and what times are the polls open?

 

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.  Polling places are open from 7 AM to 8 PM -- if you are in line at 8 PM, you will be able to vote even if you haven’t gotten to the front of the line yet.  If you are not in line by 8 PM, you will not be allowed to vote.

 

Make a plan for what time you are going to vote on Election Day -- planning ahead really helps!

 

Mail-In Voting

 

What is the process for voting by mail in Pennsylvania?

Complete an application to vote by mail.  Either:

  • complete and submit the application on-line at VotesPA.com or

  • request an application by calling 610-891-4673. 

SUBMIT THE APPLICATION IMMEDIATELY!

You will receive a confirmation of your mail-in status by email or regular mail.

 

You will receive a ballot in the mail in September.  Don’t Submit a “Naked Ballot” -- use BOTH envelopes to return your ballot.  Sign the outer envelope -- your vote doesn’t count unless you sign.  Follow the instructions carefully and return your ballot as soon as possible.  You will receive confirmation that your ballot was received.

 

What do I do if I requested a ballot for November when I voted in the primary?

 

You should receive an email or letter confirming your mail-in status. 

If you don’t, you can:

  • call 610-891-4673 (the election office in Media), or

  • check your status online at VotesPA.com

 

Satellite Offices

Starting Sept. 28, at a satellite election office you may complete the mail-in voting process in one stop.  You can: 1) apply for a mail-in ballot, 2) have your application approved, 3) receive a mail-in ballot, and 4) complete and submit your ballot ALL IN ONE VISIT.

The Media satellite election office is at the Elections Bureau, ground floor of the Government Services Center, 201 West Front St., Media.

         Hours:  8:30 am-4:30 pm  Monday thru Friday

                      9:00 am-12:00 noon Saturday

 

The Upper Darby satellite election office is at the Human Services Office, 4th floor,

20 South 69th St., Upper Darby

         Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday  7:30 am-2:00 pm 

                     Saturday 10:00 am-2:00 pm

 

Check back here to find out the locations of additional satellite election offices.

 

Drop-Boxes

Drop-boxes are installed and will be accepting ballots beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 20.  They will close earlier than the polls on Election Day, so DON’T WAIT TO DROP OFF YOUR BALLOT!  Remember, by law no one else can drop off your ballot for you. 

The drop-box in Lansdowne is at the Firehouse on Highland Avenue, just off of E. Lacrosse Ave.   To find a drop-box near you, go to  delcopa.gov/vote or call 610-891-VOTE (8683).  Each of the ballot drop-boxes is safely secured in place, locked and sealed, and under 24/7 video surveillance. Completed ballots will be retrieved daily by Delaware County election personnel.

 

You can also take your mail-in ballot to the County Election Office in the Government Center Building, 201 W Front St., Media.  The hours are:

     Mon., Wed., Fri.: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
     Tues., Thurs.: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
     Sat.: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

To find drop-boxes in other communities, check with town governments or call the DelCo Voter Hotline:  610-891-VOTE (8683). 

At this election, completed mail-in ballots MAY NOT be turned in at a polling place!  If you fill out your mail-in ballot but later decide that you don’t want to mail it, you can use a drop-box.  If you don’t want to use a drop-box, you can still vote in person but only by “provisional voting.”  Lawyers review provisional votes after Election Day, so your vote won’t be counted as soon as others.

What can I do if I’ve decided I don’t want to vote by mail in November even though I applied for a mail-in ballot?

 

First check where your polling place is at VotesPA.com or LansdowneVotes.com.  Polling places may change, so be sure to check at one of these sites before you go to vote in person.

 

When you go to your polling place between 7 AM and 8 PM on Nov. 3, bring your blank ballot with BOTH envelopes with you and give it to the Judge of Elections.  Turning in your unused mail-in ballot will speed up your voting process.  After you turn it in, you’ll be able to vote in the regular manner.

 

If you previously applied for permanent mail-in status, you can cancel that status by

going to https://www.delcopa.gov/electionsBureau/absenteeVoting.html

and clicking on “Cancellation from Annual Ballot Status”

 

 

What should I do if I don’t receive confirmation that my application was received?

 

Call the DelCo Voter Hotline:  610-891-VOTE (8683)

 

What should I do if I don’t receive my ballot in September?

 

Call the DelCo Voter Hotline:  610-891-VOTE (8683)

 

What should I do if I don’t receive confirmation that my ballot was received?

 

Call the DelCo Voter Hotline:  610-891-VOTE (8683)

 

What should I do if I don’t receive the ballot before Election Day?

 

You may complete a provisional ballot in-person at your polling place on Election Day.  Tell the poll worker that you applied for a mail-in ballot but never received it.

 

If you have additional questions about voting, feel free to send an email to Lansdowne.Votes@gmail.com.