Municipal Election Facts

  • Deadline to Register: October 18, 2021
    • Check registration status here
  • Voting by Mail:
    • Application due: by October 26, 2021, 5 pm (for receipt by county election board)
    • MontCo residents who received a single-sided ballot should receive a corrected one
    • Voted ballot must be received by county by November 2, 2021, 8pm
  • In-person Voting: November 2, 2021, 7am-8pm
    • If you received your mail-in ballot but wish to vote in person instead, turn in your ballot AND the envelope with the voter’s declaration at your polling place.
  • Want to protect the vote? Work at the Polls (students welcome!)

Voting by Mail – Step by Step

If you applied for a mail-in or absentee ballot online by the deadline (Tuesday, October 26):

  1. Receive your ballot by mail (check status here).
  2. Complete your ballot using the instructions included with it, making sure to fill in ovals on the ballot to make your selections – no X or check marks! See also: this helpful article.
  3. Insert your ballot in the privacy envelope, and then the outer envelope (with the declaration printed on it).
  4. Make sure to complete and SIGN and DATE the declaration as directed in the instructions.
  5. Use a drop-box location (see below) to cast your ballot.
  6. Check ballot status to determine if your county has received your ballot by November 2.
  • If your ballot has not been received by the county by November 2, you can vote in person on November 2 by either:
    • Turning in your ballot AND the envelope with the voter’s declaration at your polling place (preferred); or
    • Voting by provisional ballot.
  • Concerned about missing a mailing? Sign up for informed delivery with the USPS.

Sample Ballots

Bucks County: https://www.buckscounty.gov/1380/Sample-Ballots

Chester County: https://www.chesco.org/2428/Sample-Ballots

Delaware County: https://delcopa.gov/vote/sampleballots.html

Montgomery County: https://webapp02.montcopa.org/voterservices/sampleballots/

Philadelphia: https://www.philadelphiavotes.com/voters/candidates-for-office

Ballot Drop-Box Locations

Bucks County: https://www.buckscounty.gov/1225/Vote-by-Mail

Chester County: TBD

Delaware County https://delcopa.gov/vote/ballotdropbox.html

Montgomery County https://www.montcopa.org/3587/Ballot-Drop-Box-Locations and Satellite Office locations

Philadelphia: https://www.philadelphiavotes.com/en/home/item/2020-mail_ballots_officehours_dropboxes_for_2021_general (map)

Current Ways to Cast a Ballot in Pennsylvania

  • In person at local precinct, voting on a paper ballot on Election Day
  • No excuse mail-in ballot voting
  • Absentee ballot voting 
  • In person at county voter services – counties are now permitted to open satellite voter services offices as well, if they have the resources. 

County Links

PHILADELPHIA COUNTY(215) 686-3943
CHESTER COUNTY(610) 344-6410
BUCKS COUNTY(215) 348-6154
MONTGOMERY COUNTY(610) 278-3275
DELAWARE COUNTY.(610) 892-0641

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