County to Open Four Local, Secure Ballot Box Sites
Montgomery County’s 4-H Center in Skippack (at top) is one of four local and secure ballot drop-off sites
NORRISTOWN PA – Mail-in and absentee ballots of Montgomery County voters registered for the Nov. 2 (2021) general election can be dropped off at secure ballot boxes in Pottstown, Royersford, Skippack, Upper Frederick, and seven other locations around the clock beginning Oct. 16 (Saturday), according to the county Voter Services department.
Ballots placed in the boxes will be delivered daily to Voter Services by county sheriff’s deputies, and will be date stamped when they are received. Boxes will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. voting deadline, it added.
Boxes within The Posts’ coverage areas will be located in:
- Pottstown, at Montgomery County Community College, South Hall, 101 College Dr.;
- Royersford, at the Victory Park parking lot, 2nd and Arch Street;
- Skippack, at the Montgomery County 4H Center, 1015 Bridge Rd.; and
- Upper Frederick, at the Green Lane Park office, 2144 Snyder Rd.
Other locations also are available in Cheltenham, Lansdale, Lower Merion, Norristown, Upper Dublin, Upper Merion, and Upper Moreland. Find specifics on those sites here. An interactive map provided by the county showing all locations is available here.
Only ballots issued by Montgomery County can be returned to a county drop-box. If you live in another county, your ballot must be returned to that county’s election board.
Prepare your ballot for drop-off
Before dropping mail-in or absentee ballots into any designated box, voters must ensure their completed ballot is first placed inside the smaller, secrecy envelope. Then the sealed secrecy envelope must be placed into the official return envelope. Complete the voter declaration on the back, taking care to sign and date the outer envelope.
Ballots that are not in both envelopes cannot be counted per Pennsylvania Election Code. Also, under the code, voted ballots must be dropped off or otherwise returned only by the specific voter, and not by any other individuals. All drop-box locations are monitored by video surveillance. Anyone depositing a ballot that does not belong to them will be referred to the District Attorney’s office, Voter Services claimed.
If an illness or disability prevent a voter 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 the Voter Services office at 425 Swede St., Norristown. The first page should be signed by the agent, and the second page should be signed by the voter.
4-H center photo by The Posts; secure ballot box illustration provided by Montgomery County Voter Services