Vote By Mail, By Ballot Drop-Off or In-Person This Fall

Vote By Mail, By Ballot Drop-Off or In-Person This Fall

This year, Pennsylvania voters have the option to vote by mail, early in-person, and at the polls on election day. Visit PA Dems’ voting center to make your plan to vote this fall. 

Vote By Mail

Your Chester County guide to mail-in ballots.

What is the difference between mail-in and absentee ballots?

Any registered voter can request a mail-in ballot. Absentee ballots are for voters who plan to be out of the municipality on election day (on vacation, active military, college students) or if you have a disability or illness. 

How do I request a vote by mail or absentee ballot?

You MUST be registered to apply for a mail-in or absentee application. The voter registration application has a section to request to vote by mail in the general election (and future elections). 

What is the deadline to request a mailed ballot?

If voting by mail, you must apply for an absentee or mail-In ballot. The last day to apply is October 27, 2020 by 5:00 PM. Postmarks do not apply if sending a paper application.

When will I receive my ballot in the mail?

Ballots must be certified by the Department of State before they are sent out. Once approved, ballots will be mailed to voters who have applied and approved to vote by mail-in ballot in late September. 

How can I check my ballot status? 

You can check your ballot application and mailing status at PA Voter Service’s website

Do we have to pay for postage? 

All postage will be paid on return ballots.

What is the deadline to return my completed mail-in/absentee ballot?

Ballots must be received in the county election office by 8:00 PM on election day, November 3, 2020.

When does my ballot need to be postmarked by?

Votes be counted if postmarked by Nov. 3 8 pm and received by Friday Nov. 6.

Dropping Off My Ballot

If you are not comfortable mailing in your completed ballot, there are several ballot drop-off locations throughout the county. 

Can I drop off my ballot?

Completed mail-in ballots can be dropped off at the Chester County Government Services Center 7 days/week, 24 hours per day. 

Ten drop boxes for ballots will be placed at public libraries beginning October 13. Hours of operation: M-F 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Sat/Sun from 10 AM to 2 PM. The locations include Avon Grove, Chester County (Exton), Coatesville, Downingtown, Easttown, Honey Brook, Kennett, Parkesburg, Phoenixville, and Spring City. An additional 24/7 ballot drop box location will be available at the West Chester Government Services Center. Click here for a map.

Can I drop off a family member or neighbor’s ballot? 

No. Each voter must drop off their own ballot. 

Will the drop boxes be secure?

All Ballot Drop Boxes will be staffed and secured while in operation. Drop boxes will be taken back to West Chester each night by employees with body cameras.

Voting In Person

Please check for polling place updates before you head out to vote, bring a mask, and practice social distancing.

When can I vote early in-person?

Starting soon, through October 27th at 5:00 PM, you can vote early by going to your county elections office in person, requesting a ballot, completing it, and handing it back on the spot!

What do I need to bring with me if I am a first time voter?

The first time you vote, you must bring a photo or non-photo ID.

When will the polls be open?

Polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM on Tuesday, November 3. The busiest times of day to vote are in the morning and evening. If you can, try going at less busy times.

Will my polling place be the same?

Polling places are still being finalized. The final list will be posted on the County’s Election Portal,, Facebook, and Twitter.