Voter Help for November 2, 2021 General Election

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

We will update this page between August 15 and November 2, 2021 to reflect any changes announced by Delco Election Board.

Tip: the Delco Bureau of Elections gives 610-891-4000 as its phone number. That is the starting number for getting to the BOE!  

  • Press 6 to get to the BOE
  • Stay on. Let it ring. Patience is (usually) rewarded by an (always) nice, if busy, person answering the phone.

 
Registering to Vote:

October 19 deadline for November 2 election

  • 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.

 

In-person voting on November 2, 2021
7 a.m. – 8 p.m. at your local precinct

Haverford Township has 36 voting locations, one for each precinct.  You must vote in your own precinct.


Voting by mail

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

You can visit “Find Voter Registration Status”  at VotesPA to see if you completed this application earlier in 2021 and are now considered a “permanent voter” for this year.

  • Click on “Find Voter Registration Status by Name”
  • Fill in your identifying details on the page that comes up, then click “Search”
  • When your Voter Record Details come up, you will see that one line reads “Are you a Permanent Voter?” If it says “yes,” you’ve applied; if it says “no,” then you need to apply to get mail ballot for November 2 election.

APPLY NOW at VotesPA Do not put this off to the (ridiculously late) October 26 deadline.

  • It takes time for the state to process your application and mail it out.
  • If you use the U.S. Postal Service, it will take time for your completed ballot to reach the Delco Election Board.
  • Delay on your part means your vote will not arrive in time to be counted.


Filling out your mail ballot

KEY RULE: Your mail ballot will be counted ONLY if it arrives at the Delco Bureau of Elections by 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. Use the same pen for the whole ballot. Fill in the bubbles completely.
  • 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 it.
  • You MUST SIGN AND DATE the “Voter Declaration” on the back of the return envelope. No signature? No date? Your ballot will be tossed out.
  • You need a “witness declaration” signature ONLY if you had physical assistance in filling out your ballot.
  • The Bipartisan Policy Center offers an excellent video that reviews the steps in filling out your mail ballot (just over 1 minute long). “Voting by Mail” 


The Three Ways to SUBMIT your mail ballot:

#1: U.S. Postal Service: A decent option IF you are mailing your ballot at least two weeks before Election Day. Remember: ballot must arrive at Bureau of Elections by or (preferably) before November 2, 2021.

#2: Mail ballot dropbox: Haverford Township will have a mail ballot dropbox for the 2021 General Election.

  • It will be located exactly where it was in November, 2020 and May, 2021: 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.
  • As of August 15, 2021, the Delco Election Board has not announced the date when the dropbox will be open and what hours it will be open.
  • We know it closes at 7:59 p.m., Tuesday, November 2.

#3: Hand deliver your mail ballot to the Delaware County Election Bureau 

  • You must physically hand it in by 7:59 p.m. on November 2, 2021 (or, better yet, BEFORE that day and time!)
  • Where: Government Center, Ground Floor, 201 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

Use Ballot Tracker to track the status of your ballot application and, later, the progress of your ballot through the system.

Tracking your application for a mail-in ballot: 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 application deadline on October 26.
  • Questions? Concerns? Delco Elections Bureau 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.

  • Again, give it some time.
  • Delco’s Bureau of Elections will continue to fulfill applications by sending out mail-in ballots until the last week in October.
  • Questions? Concerns?  Delco Election Bureau phone: 610-891-4673  Email: DelcoElection@co.delaware.pa.us


OPTIONS if you decide not to use mail ballot or don’t receive it

CANCELLING your mail ballot

If you decide you want to vote in person on Election Day and have NOT yet received your mail ballot, you may cancel your application for a mail ballot by doing TWO things:

  • First, go to this Delco Election Bureau site 
  • Print and fill out the form that comes up with this link. Note the form does not specify WHICH election your cancellation refers to! This means you must perform a second task:
  • TYPE and print out on a separate page these words: “I wish to cancel my mail-in ballot application for the November 2, 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 Elections Bureau location: 2501 Seaport Drive, Suite BH120, Chester, PA. 19013-2267
  • Stamp it and mail it.

 
SPOILING your mail ballot????? 

If you are in possession of your mail-in ballot but have decided you want to vote in person on Nov. 3, 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 ballot.
  • You will then surrender your mail ballot and its two envelopes to the Judge of Elections. You can then cast a regular vote at the polls.


VOTING IN PERSON because your mail ballot did not arrive by Election Day.

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.  Provisional ballots are discussed below and on this County site.


How to receive mail ballots NEXT YEAR?

Annual Request to Vote from Home

  • See PA Voter Services for an application to automatically get ballots for all of the 2022 elections.
  • Apply after the November 2021 election and know that you have taken care of your mail ballot application for 2022.

ALL SUBMITTED BALLOTS ARE FINAL

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.

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

To get 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 are entitled to cast a provisional ballot at their polling place under the following circumstances:

  • You applied for a mail ballot but it did not arrive by Election Day so you must vote at your local precinct on Election Day.
  • You are a first-time voter who cannot produce an approved form of identification (see list above).
  • You believe you are registered and eligible to vote, but your name does not appear on the election district register and the election officials at the polling place cannot determine your voter status.
  • An election official at the polling place challenges your eligibility to vote.
  • Learn more about provisional ballots from PA Dept of State.


Submitting a complaint about procedures at the polls.

If you believe that a state or local official or employee has violated provisions of the U.S. Help America Vote Act of 2002,* you 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.

Accessing a complaint form

Visit the PA Department of State website

Or email your request for a complaint form to RA-BCEL@state.pa.us

Or send a written request for a complaint form to:
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.