Four Local Sites Open for Mail Ballot Drop-Off
NORRISTOWN PA – Pottstown, Royersford, Skippack, and Green Lane are among 11 locations that opened Saturday (Oct. 3, 2020) to provide secure 2020 election drop-off boxes for completed mail-in ballots and absentee ballots, Montgomery County officials said. Ballots, date stamped when received and placed in the secure ballot boxes, will be delivered daily to the county Voter Services department.
“Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, we still see a high demand for mail-in voting, and mail delivery times are slower than normal,” Montgomery County Board of Elections Chair Kenneth E. Lawrence Jr. said. “We are doing everything we can to help voters meet the Nov. 3 general Election Day deadline by providing these secure ballot drop-off boxes.”
Ballot drop-off locations and operating hours
- Montgomery County Community College, North Hall, 95 S. Hanover St., Pottstown;
- Royersford Borough Parking Lot #1A, 300 Main St. (behind Borough Hall), Royersford;
- Skippack Municipal Building, 4089 Heckler Rd., Skippack; and
- Green Lane Park, 2144 Snyder Rd., Green Lane (Upper Frederick Township).
Seven others are located in Cheltenham, Conshohocken, Lansdale, Lower Merion, Norristown, Upper Dublin, and Upper Moreland.
Through Oct. 30, all sites will operate Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Oct. 31 (Saturday) and Nov. 1 (Sunday), operating hours are set for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. On Nov. 2-3, (Monday, and Election Day Tuesday), the sites will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Those using a secure drop-off box, or bringing a completed ballot to a Voter Services office, must do so by Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. For those who use the U.S. Postal Service to mail their ballots, they must be completed and postmarked by Nov. 3 and received no later than Nov. 6 by 5 p.m. in Voter Services.
About completing mail ballots, and who may drop them off
Before dropping mail-in or absentee ballots into the drop-off box, make sure that your completed ballot is placed inside the smaller, secrecy envelope first. Then, put the sealed secrecy envelope into the official return envelope and sign and date the back. Ballots that are not in both envelopes cannot be counted per Pennsylvania Election Code.
Also under the election code, voted ballots may only be returned by the individual voter and not by any other individuals. County security personnel will be on-site at each location, and there will be video surveillance. Anyone depositing a ballot that does not belong to them will be referred to the District Attorney’s office.
If a voter has an illness or disability that will prevent them from dropping off their ballot, they can designate an agent to pick up or drop off their ballot.
The agent can only pick up or drop off ballots for voters who are in the same household, and the ballot can only be picked up and dropped off to Voter Services, 425 Swede St., Norristown, PA. The first page should be signed by the agent, and the second page should be signed by the voter. The Certification of Designated Agent form can be found at http://www.montcopa.org/VoterServices.
About obtaining a mail ballot
Want to use a mail ballot but haven’t applied for one yet? The application deadline is Oct. 27 by 5 p.m. Officials said they urge voters to apply immediately to ensure adequate turnaround. Voters can also check the status of their mail-in ballot online by visiting http://www.votespa.com. The ballot status will update when the Election Board has received it.
Any voter who was approved for a mail-in or absentee ballot and later decides to vote in person may do so, the county said. Either bring a mail-in ballot and envelopes to the polls with you, so that they can be voided by a poll worker and enable you to vote in person; or fill out a provisional ballot, which will only be counted once after verification that the Election Board has not received your mail-in ballot.
About voting at a polling place
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some in-person polling locations have moved, the county noted. Each registered voter will receive a mailing with their polling location on it. Final polling locations are being continuously updated and will be posted at http://www.montcopa.org/voterservices.
If voting in person, wear a mask for public health and safety. Social distancing guidelines will be implemented. Voting stations and equipment will be cleaned throughout the day.
For more information, call Voter Services at 610-278-3280.