I hope this email finds you safe & healthy. I know that it hasn’t been easy to follow all the latest news. With so many breaking developments and constant updates from every direction, it can be difficult to keep track of all the most important information. My staff and I created this e-newsletter specifically to update you on all the changes to this year’s Primary Election.
Many of you have probably heard the date has been moved, but did you also hear that some polling locations have been moved as well? We’re hoping we can provide here all the information you’ll need to be prepared.
June 2nd is Election Day in PA
Pennsylvania’s new Primary Election Day is Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020. The election date was delayed due to public health concerns during the ongoing pandemic. In-person voting is still available, but the best way to protect yourself and others is with a mail-in ballot. Here are some important dates to keep in mind regarding the upcoming election:
Important Information for Mail-in Ballots
If you applied for a mail-in ballot in Montgomery County, you may have received an accompanying instruction sheet with incorrect directions. Our office has gotten word that some sheets say: “Completely fill in the oval to the left of each candidate or selection you wish to vote.”
The correct ovals to fill out are actually to the right. Because the ballot is laid out in two columns, some candidates do appear to have ovals to the left. In fact, those bubbles, which pertain to candidates on the first column, are closer to the candidate names than the correct bubbles are.
Return Your Mail-in Ballot Sooner Rather Than Later
To ensure that your ballot is counted, it is best to return your ballot via mail as soon as possible. Ballots will only be counted if they are RETURNED to the Board of Elections Office by 8:00 p.m. on June 2nd. Ballots received late but postmarked prior to that date WILL NOT COUNT.
In light of COVID-19, USPS has experienced some delays. If you receive your ballot too close to election day to be confident that it can be returned by mail and received by the County by June 2nd, you still have several options to have your vote counted:
- Delaware County: Return your completed ballot in the sealed return envelope in person to the Delaware County Government Center (201 W. Front St., Media, PA) Monday- Friday from 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on Election Day from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Montgomery County: Secure boxes will be placed throughout Montgomery County for constituents to drop-off their ballots before and on Election Day. See the accompanying image for more information:
- Anyone who requested an absentee or mail-in ballot and did not receive it in time or who does not want to return it in one of the ways noted above, can go to their polling location and ask for a provisional ballot.
COVID-19 Preventative Measures Regarding In-Person Voting
If you are planning to vote in person this Election Day, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself and others.
- Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth. This can be a cloth mask or scarf, like you would wear in a grocery store.
- Maintain social distance from poll workers and other voters. This means staying about 6 feet apart from other people while you are waiting in line, checking in, and voting.
- Bring a blue or black ink pen to sign the sign-in sheet if you are not comfortable using the pen provided.
- Practice good hand hygiene. Before and after casting your ballot, wash your hands. Hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol can also be used if you have it.
- 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 on voting in person during COVID-19, you can click here.
Preventative Measures Within Polling Places
In Montgomery County, poll workers will be provided masks and gloves and officials expect to have face shields available for those poll workers who are required to interact more directly with the public.
Voting equipment will be sanitized prior to the opening of the polls and on a regular basis throughout the day. Floors and areas where lines could occur will be marked to remind those of the adequate space required for social distancing.
Delaware County is providing personal protection equipment for every polling location to ensure the safety of both poll workers and the members of the public who are exercising their right to vote. The personal protection equipment includes face masks, gloves, and sanitation kits provided by the state for poll workers. The County is also providing table shields, single-use pens, and face shields for poll workers. The local election boards will implement procedures to maintain social distancing while signing-in and while voting.
All voters who choose to vote in person are urged to wear face masks inside the polling locations in order to protect the poll workers and fellow voters. This will help reduce anxiety for everyone who is participating in our democratic process.
Contact your county elections office if you have questions.
Consolidation of Polling Places for District 17
In response to poll worker and voter safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, polling locations have been consolidated in both Montgomery and Delaware Townships.
Please click the map below to find your polling place.
|(This map was created with the Partnership Planners COVID Resource Map tool)
Not sure which precinct you fall under? Find out here.
Election Day Resources