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Posted on: April 21, 2021

Board of Elections to install Secure Ballot Drop-off Boxes

Montgomery County Board of Elections announced it will install 11 secure ballot drop-off boxes throughout the County to help voters meet the May 18 Primary Election deadline. Completed mail-in ballots and absentee ballots may be dropped off starting Saturday, May 1 at 10 a.m. Ballots placed in the secure ballot boxes will be delivered daily to the Montgomery County Voter Services by County Sheriffs, and date stamped when they are received.

Voter Services Satellite Offices will also be available on weekends beginning May 1 for any voters that prefer to apply for their ballot in person before the May 3 deadline to apply. Residents can apply for a mail-in ballot, receive it, complete it and place it in a secure ballot box at these locations. Montgomery County will operate locations in Norristown, Willow Grove, Narberth, Lansdale and Pottstown. Appointments are not required. Voters can visit any location. Voter Services Satellite offices are available until May 11 based on the schedule below.

“This Primary Election is unique because all registered voters are able to vote on the proposed amendments to the PA Constitution regardless of their party affiliation. This, along with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, is creating a high demand for mail-in voting.” said Kenneth E. Lawrence Jr., Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Elections. “We want to continue to make voting accessible, secure, and convenient for all of our residents by offering several options to cast their vote - by mail, in person on Election Day or through a satellite office.”

“The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is May 11 by 5 p.m., we urge voters to apply immediately to ensure adequate turnaround,” said Dr. Val Arkoosh, Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “Voters can also check the status of their mail-in ballot online by visiting www.montcopa.org/VoteByMail.”

Ballot status will update when the Election Board has received it. All mail-in ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on May 18, 2021.

Any voter who was approved for a mail-in or absentee ballot and later decides to vote in person may do so. Voters should bring their ballot and envelopes to the polls with them to be voided by a poll worker, enabling the voter to vote in person. If a voter does not bring their mail-in ballot they can fill out a provisional ballot, which will only be counted once after verification that the Election Board has not received a mail-in ballot.

Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, some polling locations were moved. Final polling locations are being continuously updated and will be posted at www.montcopa.org/VoteInPerson. For public health and safety, please wear a mask. Voting stations and equipment will be cleaned throughout the day, and social distancing guidelines will be implemented.

The 2021 Primary Election Secure Ballot Drop Box Locations and Hours of Operation are available here:  Secure Ballot Drop Box Locations

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