Voting

Ballot Drop Box Locations

Across our Commonwealth, we are making our voices heard at the ballot box (and drop box!). From first-timers to our seasoned voters, I'm so excited to see our community exercising their constitutional right to vote. Please see below a list of ballot drop off locations, but note that you MUST return your voted ballot to a location in the county that issued it. 

BERKS COUNTY LOCATIONS

1: 633 Court St, Reading, PA 19601 - County Election Office. Open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. 

2: 663 Court Street,  Main Entrance Lobby off of Reed Street, Reading PA, 19601 - Drop Box. Closed Saturday and Sunday, Open 8am-5pm on Monday and 8am-8pm Tuesday

3: Berks Agricultural Center, 1238 County Welfare Rd, Leesport, PA 19533 - Drop Box. Closed Saturday and Sunday, Open 8am-5pm Monday, Nov 2 and 8am-8pm Tuesday, Nov 3


Chester County Locations 


Government Services Center
601 Westtown Rd
West Chester,PA 19382
County Election Office Monday - Saturday M, Tue, Thurs, Fri: 8:30am-4:30pm
Wed: 8:30am-7pm
Sat: 9am-1pm
Avon Grove Library
117 Roshill Ave
West Grove, PA 19390
Drop Box Daily beginning October 13 Mon-Fri: 9am -7pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-2pm
Chester County Library
450 Exton Square Parkway
Exton, PA 19341
Drop Box Daily beginning October 13 Mon-Fri: 9am -7pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-2pm
Coatesville Area Public Library
501 Lincoln Hwy E
Coatesville, PA 19320
Drop Box Daily beginning October 13 Mon-Fri: 9am -7pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-2pm
Downingtown Library
122 Wallace Ave
Downingtown, PA 19335
Drop Box Daily beginning October 13 Mon-Fri: 9am -7pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-2pm
Easttown Library and Information Center
720 First Ave
Berwyn, PA 19312
Drop Box Daily beginning October 13 Mon-Fri: 9am -7pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-2pm
Honey Brook Community Library
687 Compass Rd
Honey Brook,PA 19344
Drop Box Daily beginning October 13 Mon-Fri: 9am -7pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-2pm
Kennett Library
216 State St
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Drop Box Daily beginning October 13 Mon-Fri: 9am -7pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-2pm
Parkesburg Free Library
105 West St
Parkesburg, PA 19365
Drop Box Daily beginning October 13 Mon-Fri: 9am -7pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-2pm
Phoenixville Public Library
183 2nd Ave
Phoenixsville, PA 19460
Drop Box Daily beginning October 13 Mon-Fri: 9am -7pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-2pm
Spring City Free Library
245 Broad St
Spring City, PA 19475
Drop Box Daily beginning October 13 Mon-Fri: 9am -7pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-2pm
Government Services Center
601 Westtown Rd
West Chester,PA 19382
Drop Box Daily beginning October 13 24/7 until 8pm on Election Day
Henrietta Hankin Branch Library
215 Windgate Dr
Chester Springs, PA 19425
Satellite Election Office Monday - Saturday M, W, F: 9:30am-5pm
Tue, Thur: 9:30am-8pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm
Oxford Public Library
48 S 2nd St
Oxford, PA 19363
Satellite Election Office Monday - Saturday Mon, Wed: 10am-5pm
Tue, Thur: 1pm-8pm
Fri: 10am-2pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm


In-Person Voting Locations

A complete list of polling places for 2020 is available here for

Chester County:

https://houlahan.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Polling-Places-2020-General-Election.pdf

and Berks County: 
https://houlahan.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Berks_Polling_Places.pdf


In Person Voting Information

When you arrive at the polling place, you will check in with the poll workers. Follow their instructions, as the check-in process may have changed.

If you are eligible to vote a regular ballot, you will either hand mark a paper ballot or vote using a ballot marking device. All Pennsylvania voting systems have been updated since 2018, and the voting systems are different from one county to another. 

If you are planning to vote in person on election day, please follow these steps to help ensure a safe and orderly voting experience for everyone:

  • Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. This can be a cloth mask or scarf, like you would wear in a grocery store. 
    • We strongly encourage voters to wear masks out of respect for their fellow voters and for the dedicated poll workers staffing the polling places. Voters who are not wearing a mask will not be denied their right to vote. 
  • Bring your own blue- or black-ink pen to mark your ballot to limit your exposure to shared surfaces.
  • Practice good hand hygiene. You may want to bring hand sanitizer with you for your personal use.
  • Maintain social distance from poll workers and other voters. This means staying about six feet apart from other people while you are waiting in line, checking in and voting.
  • Follow instructions from poll workers and other election officials. They are there to help things run smoothly.
  • Be patient. This will be a new experience for everyone involved. You can help by being patient and understanding while you exercise your right to vote. 
For more information, visit this web site: https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Voting-at-a-Polling-Place.aspx


Voter Intimidation
Any activity that threatens, harasses or intimidates voters outside the polling place or inside the polling place is illegal. This includes any activity intended to, or having the effect of, interfering with any voter's right to vote, as well as:
  • Photographing or videotaping voters
  • Disseminating false or misleading election information to voters
  • Blocking the entrance to a polling place
  • Confronting, hovering, or directly speaking to or questioning voters
  • Any threatening behavior
  • Asking voters for documentation
For information on voter intimidation (and what to do if you see or experience it), please see here: https://www.votespa.com/Your-Rights/Pages/Voter-Intimidation.aspx






Deadlines

October 19th - Last day to register to vote for the 2020 General Election. Check your registration here. You can find more information and register online here.  PASSED
October 27th - Last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot. Check the status of you mail-in or absentee ballot herePASSED
November 3rd - Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive mail-in and civilian absentee ballots.
November 3rd - Election Day. Polls open 7am - 8pm
November 10th - Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive military and overseas ballots postmarked before November 3rd.


How Can I Vote this Election?

  • Early In-Person Voting PASSED
  • Vote by mail/absentee
  • Vote In-Person on Election Day

What is Early, In-Person Voting? - DEADLINE PASSED 
  • Go to your Board of elections Office and request to vote early. You will be given a mail-in ballot that you may fill out privately. After filling out the ballot and properly sealing it in the security envelope, you will hand it back to the officials.

  • You may also bring your mail-in ballot to the Board of Elections Office to turn in. 

  • Early, In-Person Voting is now available, but will end at 5pm on October 27th.

  • Before you go: Call ahead to make sure ballots are printed and ready and check the hours for your Board of elections Office.

  • Available at These Locations: 

    • Chester County:
      • Chester County Board of Elections Office, 601 Westtown Rd., Suite 150, West Chester, PA 19380; (610) 344-6410 
      • Henrietta Hankin Library, 215 Windgate Drive, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania 19425
      • Oxford Public Library, 48 S. Second Street, Oxford, PA. 
    • Berks County:
      • Berks County Board of Elections Office, 633 Court St., 1st Floor, Reading, PA 19601; (610) 478-6218

How Do I Vote By Mail?

1.) Apply for a mail-in ballot online, by mail, or in person.
2.) Once you are approved, your County Board of elections will mail you your mail-in ballot.
3.) Turn in your ballot by mail or by handing it in at your County's Board of Elections. It must be received by 8pm on November 3rd.


Checking the Status of Your Ballot


Completing Your Ballots




County Announcements

Chester County
Chester County Board of Elections hereby determines to add ten (10) additional mail-in/absentee ballot drop off return sites which will be accessible beginning October 13, 2020 from 9:00AM to 7:00PM, running Mondays through Fridays, and from 10:00AM to 2:00PM on Saturdays and Sundays at the following locations:

 1) Avon Grove Library –117 Rosehill Ave., West Grove, PA 19390 

2) Chester County Library – 450 Exton Square Pkwy., Exton, PA 19341 

3) Coatesville Area Public Library - 501 Lincoln Hwy E., Coatesville, PA 19320 

4) Downingtown Library - 122 Wallace Ave., Downingtown, PA 19335 

5) Easttown Library and Information Center - 720 First Ave., Berwyn, PA 19312 

6) Honey Brook Community Library - 687 Compass Rd., Honey Brook, PA 19344 

7) Kennett Library - 216 State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348 

8) Parkesburg Free Library - 105 West St., Parkesburg, PA 19365

9) Phoenixville Public Library - 183 2nd Ave., Phoenixville, PA 19460 

10) Spring City Free Library - 245 Broad St., Spring City, PA 19475

Also at GSC 24/7

Chester County Board of Elections hereby determines adding two (2) satellite election offices will assist duly qualified voters in both obtaining their paper ballots for execution as well as the safe and expedited return of voted paper ballots for the November 3, 2020 General Election. The two (2) satellite election offices are identified immediately below, as are their corresponding hours of operation: 

1) Henrietta Hankin Library - 215 Windgate Dr., Chester Springs, PA 19425 • Hours of Operation for the Henrietta Hankin Library Satellite Election Office are: Monday - 9:30AM-5:00PM Tuesday – 9:30AM-8:00PM Wednesday – 9:30AM-5:00PM Thursday – 9:30AM-8:00PM Friday - 9:30AM-5:00PM Saturday - 9:30AM-1:00PM Sunday – Closed 

2) Oxford Public Library – 48 S. 2nd St., Oxford, PA 19363 • Hours of Operation for the Oxford Public Library Satellite Election Office are: Monday – 10:00AM-5:00PM Tuesday – 1:00PM-8:00PM Wednesday – 10:00AM-5:00PM Thursday – 1:00PM-8:00PM Friday - 10:00AM-2:00PM Saturday - 9:00AM-1:00PM Sunday – Closed



Berks County: 

The first drop box at the Berks County Services Center, located in the lobby of the main entrance along Reed Street, opened on Monday, Oct. 5.

On Monday, Oct. 19, the county opened a second drop box at the County of Berks Agricultural Center at 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport.  

The drop boxes will be open the following days and hours:

• Monday, Oct. 19 – Wednesday Oct. 21: 8 AM – 5 PM
• Thursday, Oct. 22 – Friday, Oct. 23: 8 AM – 7 PM
• Saturday, Oct. 24: 8 AM – 12 PM
• Sunday, Oct. 25: CLOSED
• Monday, Oct. 26 – Wednesday Oct. 28: 8 AM – 5 PM
• Thursday, Oct. 29 – Friday, Oct. 30: 8 AM – 7 PM
• Saturday, Oct. 31 – Sunday, Nov. 1: CLOSED
• Monday, Nov. 2: 8 AM – 5 PM
• ELECTION DAY – Tuesday, Nov. 3: 8 AM – 8 PM

Drop boxes will be emptied at least once each day by members of the Office of Election Services. The drop boxes will be secured by deputies from the Berks County Sheriff’s Department throughout the day. A voter must return his or her own completed absentee or mail-in ballot to the county board of elections or to a county-designated drop-box locations. Third-person delivery of absentee or mail-in ballots is not permitted unless accompanied by the required and lawfully executed affidavit. Affidavits are available on the Elections Page of the Berks County website or from the Election Services Office.

The Office of Election Services is also accepting appointments for early in-person voting at the County of Berks Elections Office until Oct. 27. Anyone who has not already applied for a mail-in or absentee ballot may sign up for early in-person voting. For more information or to sign up, please follow the instructions and link at www.countyofberks.com/Elections.


Voting In Person

1.) Check your registration status. You must be registered by October 19th to vote in this election.
2.) Check your polling location here.
3.) Get prepared to vote. Wear a mask, bring your own pen, and bring an ID if it's your first time voting at your polling location (note: if the physical location of your polling place has changed, but your home address has not, you do not need an ID). 
4.) Go to your polling location! Polls are open from 7am to 8pm. All voters in line by 8pm can vote in the election.


FAQs

  • Q: What's the difference between Mail-in and Absentee ballots?
  • A: This election ANY registered voter can apply for a mail-in ballot. Absentee ballots are only available for those with a disability or illness, who will be out of their municipality on election day, or have another credible reason to request an absentee ballot. For more information, check out the PA Voter Service's page on Mail-in and Absentee ballots.
  • Q: I applied for a mail-in ballot, but I received a notice that it was rejected for being a duplicate. What does that mean?
  • A: If your application was rejected for being a duplicate, then you have already submitted a request. You may check the status of your ballot/ballot request here.

  • Q: I think I selected to receive a mail-in ballot for all future elections. How do I check that?
  • A: Check your status here.
  • Q: When will my ballot be mailed?
  • A: Individual counties are responsible for printing and mailing ballots after they are finalized. We do not know exactly when they will be ready. You may check the status of your ballot here.
  • Q: Can I hand in my mail-in ballot at my normal polling place?
  • A: No.

  • Q: Do I have to pay for postage on a mail-in ballot?
  • A: No! The PA State Legislature approved funding to pay for postage on ballots this election.
  • Q: Someone asked me to vote online/by phone/by text, is that real?
  • A: No. The only ways to vote are early in-person, with a mail-in/absentee ballot, or in-person on election day.
  • Q: Do I need an ID to vote in person?
  • A: You ARE required to show a form of identification if it is your first time voting at your polling location (you are a first time voter, you moved, etc.). You ARE NOT required to provide identification if you have already voted at your polling place (even if the polling place's physical location has changed).
  • Q: I forgot ID, can I still vote?
  • A: YES! No registered voter should be turned away. You may vote using a provisional ballot.
  • Q: What is a provisional ballot?
  • A: You can use a provisional ballot to vote if: 
    • You registered to vote in Pennsylvania and are eligible in the election district, but your name is not in the voter roster and Election Officials cannot determine your registration status. 
    • You do not have an approved form of identification when you go to vote in an election district for the first time.
    • For a primary election, voters who believe they registered for a particular political party, but the roster shows them registered as a member of another political party. 
    • Someone challenges your eligibility to vote. You may produce a witness to sign an affidavit to affirm your identity and residency. If you produce a witness, you can vote either by paper ballot or on the machines. If you are unable to or choose not to produce a witness, you can vote with a provisional ballot. 
  • Q: How do I fill out a provisional ballot?
  • A: To complete a provisional ballot you should:

    1. Complete and sign the provisional ballot affidavit on the back of the provisional ballot affidavit envelope.

    2. Mark your provisional ballot in an accessible and private area of the polling place.

    3. Seal your provisional ballot in the secrecy envelope.

    4. Seal the secrecy envelope in the provisional ballot affidavit envelope.

    5. Sign the front of the provisional ballot affidavit envelope.

    6. Return the sealed provisional ballot affidavit envelope to a polling place election official.

    7. Receive your provisional ballot identification receipt.

     

  • Q: How do I find out whether my provisional ballot was actually counted?
  • A: Within 7 days after the election, the County Election Office will decide whether you were eligible to vote at the election district where you voted the provisional ballot. If you were eligible, they will count your provisional ballot. You can check here.
  • Q: I applied to vote by mail, but I changed my mind and I now want to vote in-person. Can I do that?
  • A: Yes! If you bring your mail-in ballot AND it's security envelope, you can surrender it and vote in-person on a regular ballot at your polling location. If you do not have your ballot, or forget it, you may fill out a provisional ballot. The Board of Elections will ensure that you did not already vote by mail, and if not, they will then count your vote.
  • Q: I mailed in my mail-in ballot, but I'm not sure whether it was received in time. What should I do?
  • A: First, check the status of your ballot here. If it indeed has not been received, you may go to your polling place to vote on a provisional ballot. 
  • Q: I want to wear a t-shirt/hat/pin/etc. to my polling place when I vote. Is that allowed?
  • A: Yes, you may wear political clothing/accessories into your polling place. However, you may not campaign inside or within 10ft of the entrance to your polling place.
  • Q: I have a disability and need accommodations to vote. Is that possible?
  • A: Yes! Every polling location must have at least one accessible voting machine. You may also be entitled to have someone assist you when you vote. For more information, visit the PA Voter Services page on Accessible Voting.

Resources

To apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot, and to learn more about the process, see the PA voter services site here.
To find your polling location, look it up in the PA database here.
To contact your County Board of Elections: Chester County Voter Services and Berks County Voter Services.
To receive the latest updates from PA Voter Services, sign up here.


Ways to Help

Want to work the polls this election day? Fill out the poll worker interest form today!

Are you a registered Voter? Do you speak English and Spanish? You can earn $180.00 by joining the County of Berks Election Services Interpreters Team! If you’re interested or know someone who would be, please call our office at 610-478-6490 Ext 5579.


Voting Town Hall Series

Your vote is your voice, and I'm asking every Pennsylvanian to make your voice heard on November 3rd. As we continue navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, it is paramount that you all have accurate and up-to-date information about Election Day. That's why I hosted my "Voting Safely In 2020" tele-town hall series! It was a one-stop shop for everything you needed to know about this year's voting guidelines. 

The series kicked off on Monday, September 14th, and concluded on Monday, October 26th. The full schedule is below. If you missed out on it, here is some local coverage of the events!

https://www.readingeagle.com/news/local/congresswoman-chrissy-houlahan-holds-town-hall-series-about-voting-safely-in-2020/article_4d83f664-f691-11ea-b342-3367fcb750e1.html

https://thecommunitarian.org/2020/10/26/houlahan-reassures-voters-during-a-tele-town-hall-event/

Full schedule: 
Monday, 9/14 at 3:15pm
Tuesday, 9/22 at 3:15pm
Wednesday, 9/30 at 3:30pm
Tuesday, 10/6 at 3:30pm
Wednesday, 10/14 at 3:15pm
Thursday, 10/22 at 4:00pm
Monday 10/26 at 5:00pm