VOTING BY MAIL IN EASTTOWN

If you will be unable, or prefer not to vote in person at the voting booth, you may easily vote with a no-excuse required Mail-In Ballot.  You must be registered to vote to request a mail-in ballot. Please check your Voter Registration Status here to review your registration information. Mail-In Ballots must be requested by 5PM , a week before the election (usually a Tuesday), and returned by mail or in-person to Chester County Voter Services. Due to possible processing and mail delays, you should request mail-in ballots as soon as possible.

Voters who are often traveling, have medical conditions, or find that getting to the voting booth on Election Day is difficult due to child care or work conflicts, should consider signing up for the convenience of mail-in balloting. You can either complete a short online application for a Mail-In Ballot or click here to print out a short form to complete and mail to Chester County Government Voter Services. After receiving and approving your application, Chester County Government Voter Services will mail you an official ballot for you to complete and return.

Chester County Government Voter Services
601 Westtown Road, Suite 150
PO Box 2747
West Chester, PA 19380-0990
610-344-6410


EIGHT REASONS WHY EASTTOWN VOTERS LOVE VOTE BY MAIL 

Have you considered Vote By Mail (VBM)? It’s the same as an Absentee Ballot, but you don’t have to be absent from Easttown Township to vote! It comes to your home before the election.

Some people say, “I don’t feel like I’ve voted unless I go to the poll,” and “I don’t mind waiting in line and I enjoy getting out to vote.” If that’s you, please consider this:

1. During a pandemic such as COVID-19, VBM is the surest and safest way to vote.

2. VBM eliminates the percentage of people who intend to, but never get to the polls due to a bad day at work, illness, staying late at work, having to go out of town at the last minute, a death in the family, or other tragic event including drama at home.

3. You don’t ever have to wait in a long line! During some elections, particularly in presidential year elections, the lines can be long.

4. You won’t be contributing to the line that might turn others away! While you may be willing to wait in line for an extended time to vote, others are not! Shorter lines increase the percentage of votes.

5. Vote in the comfort of your home at the time of your choosing. This is a deliberative, civilized process and the way human beings ought to vote.

Whether in your underwear, with a glass of wine, over dinner, or 2AM in the morning, you can vote when it’s convenient for you.  Imagine this scenario:

You get your ballot in the mail several weeks before the election. One night the following week, after dinner, you and your family gather around the dining room table. On one side, you have your ballots. On the other, you have candidate’s information, mailing, voter guides and articles from your favorite publications.

You go through the ballot vote by vote and let everyone at the table ask questions. You take your time discussing the opposing arguments, allowing the kids to ask questions, checking the candidate’s websites.  When you’re done, you put your ballot in the special provided envelope and drop it in the mailbox. That’s it.

You get to do this at your leisure, not during proscribed hours. You’re not subject to the vagaries of weather or traffic and don’t have to show any ID or wait in any lines. You have plenty of time to research and mull over each vote.

7. You’ll probably have fewer phone calls and door knocks from campaigns. Once your ballot has been returned to the Chester County Board of Elections, your name and phone number should disappear from candidates call and walk lists. You’ll like receiving fewer calls and it also benefits the campaigns as they’ll have fewer people to fol­low up with as they get closer to Election Day.

8. Enrollment in VBM doesn’t mean you forfeit going to the polls if you change your mind. Simply bring your VBM ballot to your precinct where they will officially void it allowing you to vote there. This is often misunderstood, but so long as you have the blank absentee ballot to hand in, you should have no problem voting! If you lost or misplace the ballot, you may be asked to sign an affidavit stating so.

So what are you waiting for?  Click here to request your mail-in ballot today

P.S. When you fill out your application to vote by mail in our primary, you can also sign up to automatically receive your ballot for the November general election by mail.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If I vote by absentee ballot, can I change my mind and then vote in-person at the voting booth on Election Day? No. After election officials have received your absentee or mail-in ballot, you’re not allowed to vote in person. (The law distinguishes between “absentee” and “mail-in” ballots, but they are functionally the same thing, and we’ll use the two terms interchangeably here.)

What if I requested an absentee ballot but didn’t vote? You can still show up at the polls, but you will have to vote using a “provisional ballot” instead of a normal ballot. Because voters have until 8PM on Election Day to turn in their mail-in ballots in to county elections officials, poll workers will let you vote, but your provisional ballot will be set aside and only counted if officials later determine that you didn’t in fact vote by mail.

Can poll workers void my absentee ballot at my request on Election Day? In the past, absentee voters who showed up at the polls were allowed to vote in person, and election workers would simply void their mail-in ballots. Now, that is not permitted or possible because the voter’s mailed absentee ballot will be at the county election office and not at the voter’s polling place.

What other change are there to absentee ballots? The big change is that everyone is eligible for a mail-in ballot. Technically, “absentee ballot” requirements are the same as before – basically, you have to be unable to vote in person on Election Day. But everyone else is now eligible for a “mail-in ballot” that requires no justification. The distinction is a bit confusing. Basically, if you can vote in person but would prefer to vote by mail, request a “Mail-In” ballot.

Will the counting of mail-in ballots cause a delay in the final election results? With changes to the election rules, it’s not clear when results will be finalized and available to the public. County elections staff cannot start counting the absentee and mail-in ballots until after the polls close at 8 p.m. on election day. They have up to three days to do so. No one knows at this point how many voters will choose using mail-in ballots.

What is the contact information for Chester County Voter Services? 

Sandra Burke, Director
Chester County Government Voter Services
601 Westtown Road, Suite 150
PO Box 2747
West Chester, PA 19380-0990
610-344-6410
Email Address: ccelectionofficials@chesco.org

 

 
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