VOTING BY MAIL IN EASTTOWN
If you will be unable, or prefer not to vote in person at the voting booth, you may vote by mail with either an Absentee Ballot or with a no-excuse required Mail-In Ballot. In order to request either ballot type, you must be registered to vote. Please check your Voter Registration Status here to review your registration information. Absentee and 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.
- Absentee Ballot – If you plan to be traveling on election day or if you have a disability or illness, you should request this ballot type. Click here for an Absentee Ballot application to print out, 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.
- Mail-In Ballot – If you aren’t an absentee voter but prefer voting by mail, you may request this ballot without a reason or excuse. People who are often traveling, have medical conditions, or find that getting to the voting booth is difficult due to child care or work conflicts, should consider signing up for the convenience of mail-in balloting. Click here for a Mail-In Ballot application to print out, 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.
Print, complete, sign, and deliver or mail the Absentee Ballot or Mail-In Ballot application to the Chester County Election office located at:
Chester County Government Voter Services
601 Westtown Road, Suite 150
PO Box 2747
West Chester, PA 19380-0990
Who may apply for an Absentee Ballot application? Please note that the application deadline date is 5PM, Tuesday before the election.
- College students who are not registered to vote at their school address
- People whose work or vacation take them away from the municipality where they live
- Those with a physical disability or illness that prevents them from going to the polling place
- Members of the military
- People who may have a conflict due to the celebration of a religious holiday
- Inmates who haven’t been convicted of a felony
Who may apply for a Mail-In Ballot application? You may apply for a Mail-in Ballot if you do not qualify for an Absentee Ballot and prefer voting by mail rather than going to the voting booth on election day. This allows you to vote from home at your convenience. No excuse is required. If you prefer voting by mail instead of going to the voting booth, choose this option. Please note that the application deadline date is 5PM, Tuesday before the election.
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.