NORRISTOWN PA – Locations in Pottstown, Royersford, Collegeville, and Green Lane were among 16 sites identified Tuesday (April 20, 2021) by the Montgomery County Board of Elections in plans to install either secure ballot drop-off boxes, or open weekend Voter Services’ satellite offices, to receive completed mail-in and absentee ballots for the May 2021 primary elections.
Voters can deposit their ballots, beginning May 1 (Saturday) at 10 a.m., in secure ballot boxes at all sites to have them delivered daily by county Sheriff’s deputies to the Voter Services office in Norristown. They’ll be date-stamped by the office when received, the board announced.
Local ballot drop-off points selected by the county that it claimed would be available 24-hours-a-day are in:
- Pottstown, at Montgomery County Community College’s South Hall, 101 College Drive;
- Royersford, at the Victory Park parking lot, 2nd & Arch Street;
- Collegeville, at the Montgomery County 4H Center, 1015 Bridge Road; and
- Green Lane, at the Green Lane Park Office, 2144 Snyder Road.
- Other boxes will be available at locations in Cheltenham, Lansdale, Lower Merion, Norristown, Upper Dublin, Upper Merion, and Upper Moreland, it added.
A Voter Services satellite office also will operate May 1 (Saturday) and May 9 (Sunday), each day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the community college campus in Pottstown, 101 College Dr., according to the board. Four other satellites also will operate, at differing days and hours, in Lansdale, Narberth, Willow Grove, and Norristown; find specifics here.
Residents can apply at a satellite office for a mail-in ballot, receive it, complete it, and place it in a secure ballot box. Appointments are not required. Voters can visit any location. The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is May 11 by 5 p.m. All mail-in ballots must be received by May 18 at 5 p.m. Voters can check the status of their mail-in ballot online, here.
“This primary election is unique because all registered voters are able to vote on the proposed amendments to the (Pennsylvania) Constitution, regardless of their party affiliation. This, along with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, is creating a high demand for mail-in voting,” Elections Board chair Kenneth E. Lawrence Jr. noted.
Before dropping mail-in or absentee ballots into a drop-off box, voters must ensure their completed ballot is placed inside the smaller, secrecy envelope first. Then, put the sealed secrecy envelope into the official return envelope and complete the voter declaration on the back. Ballots that are not in both envelopes cannot be counted per Pennsylvania Election Code.
Also under the Election Code, voted ballots may be returned only by an individual voter, and not by any other individuals. All drop box locations will be monitored by video surveillance. Anyone depositing a ballot that does not belong to them will be referred to the county District Attorney’s Office, the board said.
The last day to register to vote for the general election is May 3 (Monday). You must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Pennsylvania for 30 days before the election. For more information, call Voter Services at 610-278-3280.
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