Voter Help

The Haverford Democrats’ Voter Help page is neither official nor exhaustive.  We offer basic information on the upcoming election and on basic voting rules and procedures. We include links to county and state voter services.

Voting in the May 18, 2021 Primary

Voting by mail:
Voters must apply ONCE every year to receive ballots by mail for that year’s elections.

APPLY NOW at VotesPA, and you will receive a mail-in ballot for both the May 18 primary election and, later, for the November 2 general election.

Should I wait until the May 11 deadline to vote by mail in May 18 primary? 

  • Sure – if you are absolutely confident that you can apply online on May 11 and receive your ballot, via USPS, in time to get it to the Delco Bureau of Elections by 8:00 p.m. just 7 days later. You willing to bet your ballot on that? Probably not.
  • Republicans love the May 11 deadline. It’s a formula for mail-in ballot failure in May.
  • Don’t give yourself the mail-in ballot blues: APPLY NOW at VotesPA


Haverford Township will have a mail-in ballot dropbox for the primary.

  • It will be located exactly where it was in the fall of 2020: outside the main door to the township administration building. Easiest access: heading down Darby Rd. toward Manoa Rd., just before the Wawa, turn right into the driveway for the parking lot.
  • It will be opened from Monday morning, April 26 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 18.


In-person voting on May 18

Haverford Township has 36 voting locations, one for each precinct.  You must vote in your own precinct. Visit Voting Locations for addresses of polling sites by ward.  If you do not know your ward, visit our Ward Map page.

You may hand deliver your ballot to the Delaware County Bureau of Elections by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

  • Where: Government Center, Ground Floor, 201 W Front St., Media, PA.
  • Hours of operation: M-F, 8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Noon.


Registering to Vote: May 3 deadline for May 18 primary

  • Visit VotesPA for guidance on the “4 convenient ways to register to vote or update your registration.
  • The deadline for registering to vote or change party registration is always 15 days before the next election.
  • Update your registration if your address has changed since you last voted or if you wish to change your party registration.
  • Check the status of your registration, and make sure the address is correct by visiting the Pennsylvania Dept of State’s Voter Services.
  • You may fill out a paper registration form at the Delaware County Voter Registration Office, Government Center Building, Ground Floor, 201 W Front Street, Media PA (610) 891-4659.


Filling out your mail ballot
:

Your mail ballot will be counted IF it arrives at the Bureau of Elections no later than 8:00 p.m. on election day.

There are VERY specific instructions for filling out and enveloping your ballot. Follow them carefully.

  • Use a blue or black pen to fill in the bubbles completely. Same pen for the whole ballot.
  • Put ballot inside the SECRECY ENVELOPE marked “Official Mail-in Ballot.” Without its secrecy envelope, your ballot is “naked,” and naked ballots are tossed out. Seal it. No writing on the secrecy envelope. 
  • Put secrecy envelope inside the pre-addressed RETURN ENVELOPE and seal with anything moist except your spit.
  • You MUST sign the “Voter Declaration” on the back of the return envelope and fill in the information requested in this Voter Declaration section. No signature? Your ballot will be tossed out.
  • You need a “witness declaration” signature ONLY if you had physical assistance in filling out your ballot.
  • Delco Votes! has a very detailed set of answers to FAQs about mail-in voting situations.


Three ways to submit your mail-in ballot:

  1. The U.S. Postal Service is a good option if you are mailing your ballot at least two weeks before election day. Your ballot must arrive at the county Bureau of Elections by 8:00 p.m. on Election day.
  2. Township drop boxes. We will have one at the township administration building, but you can use any drop box in the county
  3. County Bureau of Elections: Hand deliver the ballot by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.  
  • Where: Government Center, Ground Floor, 201 W Front St., Media, PA.
  • Hours of operation: M-F, 8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Noon.

 
TRACKING your mail-in ballot application and ballot

On Ballot Tracker you can track the status of your ballot application and, later, the progress of your ballot through the system.

Tracking your mail-in ballot application: Allow two weeks for your application to be logged into the slow-but-secure SURE data system.

  • If Ballot Tracker says “We are unable to match your information with our records,” that does not mean your application has been lost. It means it has not been logged.
  • Delco Bureau of Elections will continue to process applications until the May 11 deadline for applying.
  • Phone: 610-891-4673  Email: DelcoElection@co.delaware.pa.us


Tracking your mail-in ballot
: Once Ballot Tracker says your application has been “received” and “processed” you can check on when your ballot was mailed to you.

  • If you have concerns about the progress of the ballot to your home, contact the Delco Bureau of Elections. Phone: 610-891-4673  Email: DelcoElection@co.delaware.pa.us

 
CANCELLING your mail-in Ballot

If you decide you want to vote in person on Election Day, you may cancel your application for a mail-in ballot by doing TWO things:

  • First, go to VotesPA. Print and fill out the form that comes up with this link. Note the form does not specify WHICH election your cancellation refers to! So you must ….
  • THEN type and print out a separate page this note: “I wish to cancel my mail-in ballot application for the May, 2021 election.” Include your address and date of birth. SIGN IT and include it with the form you printed and completed. Place the form and your brief letter into an envelope with the Delco Bureau of Elections address: Government Center Building, 201 W Front St., Media PA 19063-2728. Stamp it and mail it.
  • If you have received your mail-in ballot but want to vote in person at the polls on May 18, see “Spoiling Your Ballot” below.


SPOILING a mail-in ballot????? 

If you are in possession of your mail-in ballot but do not wish to fill it out and submit it because you want to vote in person on election day, follow these steps:

  • Find your precinct’s Voting Location.
  • Take your entire, un-sent mail ballot “package” (ballot plus both envelopes) to your voting location. Tell the poll workers you wish to spoil your mail-in ballot. You will then surrender your mail-in ballot and its two envelopes to the Judge of Elections.
  • After signing an affidavit, you will be allowed to cast a regular vote at the polls.


Applied for mail-in ballot, but you don’t possess it and you want to vote in person?

  • Find your precinct’s Voting Location
  • Tell the Judge of Elections about your situation. You will be allowed to cast a “provisional ballot.” It will be counted after the County affirms that your mail-in ballot was never submitted. (Scroll down for information about provisional ballots.)

 
Annual Request to Vote from Home. Whether you apply for a mail-in ballot or an absentee ballot, whether online or on paper, your Ballot Request Application will let you make an “annual mail-in ballot request.” That is a request to automatically get ballots for the rest of the year and NOT have to submit a ballot request application for each election!  See PA Voter Services for applications.

No take-backs. If you submit your ballot by mail or early in person, you may not change your vote on election day. The vote you submit early is absolutely final.

Do I Need an ID to Vote?

Only first time voters or those voting for the first time at a particular polling place 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. 

Photo ID that will be accepted at your voting 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


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

What is a provisional ballot?

Under certain circumstances (listed below), a voter will be permitted to cast a provisional ballot at that voter’s polling place. Each ballot will be examined within three days of the election to determine if the person casting the ballot was, in fact, eligible to vote. If so, that provisional ballot will be counted as a regular vote.

Why would I need to cast a provisional ballot?

Voters will be given the opportunity to cast a provisional ballot at their polling place under the following circumstances:

  • The mail-in ballot applicant did not receive a ballot on time and did not visit a Voter Services Center before Nov. 3 to vote early.
  • The first time voter cannot produce an approved form of identification (see list above).
  • The would-be voter believes s/he registered and eligible, but the would-be voter’s name does not appear on the election district register and the election officials at the polling place cannot determine the individual’s voter status.
  • An election official at the polling place challenges the voter’s eligibility to vote.

Learn more about provisional ballots from PA Dept of State.

Applying for an Absentee Ballot

VotesPA gives all the rules and regulations plus step-by-step guides for applying to receive an absentee ballot electronically, or with a paper application, or in person.

  • Before PA had mail-in ballots, absentee ballots were available only to those whose health prevented them from going to the polls, those who would be out of town on election day, and members of the military posted away from where they are registered to vote.

There is NO DIFFERENCE between a mail-in ballot and an absentee ballot. The only reason PA retained the term “absentee ballot” is that that term is in the state constitution and changing it would be an unnecessary hassle.

The absentee ballot application has one distinction: it sometimes requires that you provide a doctor’s note certifying to your health constraints. 

If you are in doubt about which ballot to apply for, the wise choice is the mail-in ballot. No doctor required!

Registering to Vote

Visit VotesPA for guidance on the “4 convenient ways to register to vote or update your registration.”

  • Deadline for registering to vote or changing party registration: 15 days before each election.
  • You can fill out a paper registration form at the Delaware County Voter Registration Office, Government Center Building, Ground Floor, 201 W Front Street, Media PA (610) 891-4659.


Checking the status of your Voter Registration

If you want to make sure your voter registration has the correct name, address, or other personal information, visit the Pennsylvania Dept of State’s Voter Services.

What if I have a complaint?

Voters who believe that a state or local official or employee has violated provisions of the U.S. Help America Vote Act of 2002* 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 the types of circumstances under which a complaint should be filed:

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

Attorneys are on hand at the Delco Bureau of Elections to answer your questions or complaints. (610) 891-4659.

Where do I get a Complaint Form?

Via the PA Department of State website

Via email request to RA-BCEL@state.pa.us

Or written request for a form:
The Bureau of Elections
210 North Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
(717)787-5280

*The federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 as well as Pennsylvania’s related laws is intended to ensure that every person who is eligible to vote (and who appears at the appropriate polling place) is given the opportunity to do so and that every voter’s ballot is counted. It also aims to maintain the nation’s low occurrences of voter fraud. The law’s specifics are outlined by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.