On October 31, 2019, Governor Wolf signed Act 77 of 2019 into law. The Act is an historic election reform bill that makes the most significant improvements to Pennsylvania’s elections in more than 80 years. One important change is that most voters can now vote by mail-in ballot.
Hurry that Mail Ballot
Due to problems with the Postal Service, apply for your ballot as early as you can. You can apply up to 50 days before the election, perhaps earlier. If you checked the “automatic” box on a previous application, you should get one in advance of every election. Also return your ballot as soon as you can. If you receive your ballot after the second week in October, you can drive that ballot in to the County Voter Office in Allentown at 17 S. 7th Street.
Lehigh County Dropboxes
You can also take your ballot and put it into any of the five drop boxes in Lehigh County. They should be installed and operational by Friday, October 16th.
Call ahead to verify box is placed and hours are correct.
North Whitehall Township Bldg
3256 Levans Road, Coplay•610-799-3411•M-F 7:30a- 4p
Lower Macungie Township Bldg
8330 Schantz Road, Breinigsville•610-395-4892•M-F 7:30a- 4p
Catasauqua Municipal Building
90 Bridge Street, Catasauqua•610-264-0571•M-F 8a- 4p
Lehigh County Gov’t Center
17 S. 7th Street, Allentown•610 782-3194•24/7
Emmaus Borough Office
28 South 4th Street, Emmaus•610-965-9292•M-F 8a-3p
How to Fill Out Your Mail Ballot
Download your paper application for either Absentee or Mail-in Ballot at the lehighcounty.org (below the video).
Here’s a direct link in short form to the pdf for the paper application to give out to your friends – bit.ly/mailinballot
You can also apply for your Mail-in Ballot online here at pavoterservices.pa.gov (This is the same as votespa.com, in case you were wondering.)
Although the new Mail-in Ballot is available without needing an excuse, if you are eligible for the old Absentee Ballot, you must use that. In most cases, if you will be away from home, use Absentee, but if you will vote at home, use the Mail-in. However, read Which Ballot Should I Use to be sure.
Voters can request and submit their mail-in or absentee ballot up to 50 days before the election. Be sure to apply for and then submit your ballot before the deadlines to make sure your vote will count. You can also get on a permanent list to receive applications for mail-in or absentee ballots for all primary, general and special elections held in a given year. Check lehighdemocrats.org for more details..