How do I register to Vote?

1. Register ONLINE

2. Get a voter registration form from:

3. Apply to Register to Vote in Person

You may apply to register to vote at:
Delaware County Voter Registration Off.
Government Center Building, Ground Floor
201 W Front St.
Media PA 19063-2728
(610) 891-4659

  • Other designated sites such as PennDOT photo license centers, or other government offices

Do I qualify for an Absentee Ballot?

  • State law provides that you may vote by absentee ballot if you are absent from the municipality of residence on Election Day.

How do I get an Absentee Ballot?

Print and mail the application form to the Delaware County Election Board:
Govt Center Bldg
201 W Front St
Media PA 19063-2728


Your absentee ballot application must arrive at the Media office by 5:00PM on the Tuesday before Election Day. Note: 
Postmarks do not apply and only original applications will be accepted. Call the Election Board if your application does not arrive within 10 days at the address you requested.

After I Apply, how do I Vote?

  • After you submit an absentee ballot application form, the the Election Bureau will mail you a physical absentee ballot.
  • Fill out the ballot and mail it back to the Delaware County Election Board in Media.
  • Your absentee ballot must arrive at the Media office by 5:00PM on the Friday before Election Day. Note: Postmarks do no apply. If hand delivering, it must be delivered by the actual voter.

Tips for filling out, receiving, and submitting your absentee ballot:

  • College students seeking an absentee ballot can state the reason as “I attend college outside the region and cannot get back for the election.”
  • The “Election District” question is asking for your Ward and Precinct.  Can leave blank.
  • If you are a first-time voter, you must submit a copy of some valid I.D. with your absentee ballot. See below for valid forms of I.D. in Pennsylvania. 
  • If you are offering voter information to a friend or relative living outside Delaware County, scroll down to the 3rd page of the online absentee ballot application form for addresses of all other PA. county election boards.

Do I need an ID to Vote?

Only first time voters will need to show ID, but it does not need to be a photo ID.

If you do not have a photo ID, you can use a non-photo identification that includes your name and address.

Approved forms of non-photo ID include:

  • Confirmation issued by the County Voter Registration Office
  • Non-photo ID issued by the Commonwealth
  • Non-photo ID issued by the U.S. Government
  • Firearm permit
  • Current utility bill
  • Current bank statement
  • Current paycheck
  • Government check

If you want to obtain a Photo ID:
Go to PennDOT's Driver's License Center
Granite Run Mall (Behind ACME)
1067 W. Baltimore Pike
Media, PA 19063

Photo ID that will be accepted at your polling location include:

  • Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card
  • ID issued by any Commonwealth agency
  • ID issued by the U.S. Government
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. Armed Forces ID
  • Student ID
  • Employee ID

What is a Provisional Ballot?

Under certain circumstances, some voters will be permitted to cast a provisional ballot in the primary election. These ballots will be examined within three days of the election to determine if the person casting the ballot was indeed eligible to vote. If so, they will be counted as regular votes.

Why would I need to cast a Provisional Ballot?

Voters will be given the chance to cast a provision ballot at their polling place in the following circumstances:

  • The person claims to be registered and eligible to vote, but his or her name does not appear on the election district register and election officials at the polling place cannot: determine his or her voting status.
  • The person is a new voter at that particular polling place but cannot produce an approved form of photo or non-photo ID.
  • An election official at the polling place challenges the person’s eligibility to vote

There are two instances in which voters will be required to cast a provisional ballot:

  • The voter is voting as a result of a state or federal court order.
  • Voters who cast provisional ballots will be notified by the county board of elections subsequent to the election of the final status of their completed provisional ballot.

What if I have a Complaint?

Voters who believe that a state or local election official or employee has violated provisions of the Help America Vote Act have the right to file a complaint with the state Bureau of Elections and have that complaint considered, ruled on and resolved within 90 days. The following are examples of circumstances under which a complaint should be filed:

  • You believe an election official or employee has violated the requirement that a new voter present an approved form of photo or non-photo ID at the polling place.
  • You are denied the opportunity to cast a provisional ballot if your voting status is challenged.
  • You believe information that is required to be posted at the polling place is incomplete, missing or inaccessible to you.

Where do I get a Complaint Form?

The purpose of the Help America Vote Act and related state laws changing voting procedures and requirements in Pennsylvania is to reduce the instances of voter fraud, and to ensure that every person who is eligible to vote and who appears to vote is given the opportunity to do so and have that vote counted.

If you are not sure you are registered or eligible to vote, or if you have a question about where your polling place is, you may contact the Delaware County Voter Registration Office by phone at (610) 891-4659 or by e-mail at voterreg@co.delaware.pa.us

If you have questions about voting procedure or encounter any irregularities or problems at the polling place on Election Day, you can call the Delaware County Bureau of Elections at (610) 891-4120. Attorneys are on hand at the bureau during Election Day to answer your questions or respond to your complaints.

More information about the Help America Vote Act and how it is being implemented in Pennsylvania, including an example of the voter complaint form and a more detailed description of the complaint procedure under the Help America Vote Act, is available online at www.hava.state.pa.us

 

Voter/Election Resources

Delaware County Election Bureau
Delaware County Voter Registration Office
If you are not sure you are registered or eligible to vote, or if you have a question about where your polling place is, you may contact the Delaware County Voter Registration Office by phone at (610) 891-4659 or by e-mail at voterreg@co.delaware.pa.us