Everything You Need to Know About Voting This November

Everything You Need to Know About Voting This November

Ellie Davis, Associate Editor

You can find all the information in this article and register to vote at VOTESPA.COM.

Seniors! If you will be 18 by November 3rd, it’s your responsibility to vote, regardless of your party affiliation.

Here is everything you need to know about voting this November:

Register to Vote

  • To be eligible to vote you must be: 
    • A US Citizen one month prior to the election
    • 18 years of age by Election Day
    • A Pennsylvania resident for thirty days before the election
  • The deadline for registering to vote is October 19th
  • Register online at www.votespa.com
    • You can also check your registration status and update any information here, too
    • When filling out the form, fill in the Municipality as Radnor and our county as Delaware
  • Make sure your signature and name match your ID or driver’s license
  • It is easiest to register if you have your PA driver’s license or PennDOT ID with you
    • If you don’t have either of these forms of identification, you can upload a signature or print and complete the form
    • Any printed form can be mailed or brought to the Delaware County Voter Registration Office at 201 W Front St, Media, PA, 19063-2728 
  • After submitting the online form, it will be reviewed by the county’s voter registration office, and you will receive a voter registration card by mail
    • If you do not receive a card within 14 days, you must contact the county voter registration office at (610) 891-4120
    • You can also check to confirm your registration at votespa.com

Going to the polls 

  • Find your polling place 
    • The polls are open from 7 am – 8 pm
    • Upon arrival, a poll worker will check your voter status by checking your name in the voter registration book
      • You will sign your name in the book
  • If you are a first-time voter or a new voter at that polling location, you will be asked to show a photo ID or other acceptable form of identification
  • You will fill out your paper ballot, and scan it in the voting machine
  • If you have a problem, ask for and fill out a provisional ballot

Absentee and Mail-in Ballots

  • October 27th is the last day to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot 
  • Mail-in Ballots 
    • Apply online for a mail-in ballotas soon as possible
    • You can track your ballot at votespa.com
    • Follow directions carefully filling in the bubbles, sealing the ballot in the secrecy envelope, putting the secrecy envelope in the mailing envelope, and signing and dating the mailing envelope that comes with postage paid
    • Your signature should match your driver’s license or your voter registration form
    • Drop boxes may be available in Media and at the Radnor Township Municipal Building
      • Check at the Delaware County Election Board 610-891-4872
    • If you change your mind and want to vote in person, contact the Election Board
  • Absentee Ballots 
  • Voting with your absentee/mail-in ballot 
    • All Ballots must be postmarked (sent out) by November 3rd and received by November 6th at 5:00 p.m 
      • Once you receive your ballot, mail it back the same day 
        • 201 W. Front St. Government Center Bldg. Media, PA 19063
        • This will give you the best chances of your ballot arriving safely 
    • If you do not receive your ballot or cannot send it back in time, contact your County Board of Elections 610-892-4872

Be an Informed Voter 

  • Go to Vote 411.com  for non-partisan information about the candidates and even a sample ballot
  • Go to lwvdelcopa.org to view forums to find out more about the candidates and their positions

 Important dates 

  • October 19th – Last day to register to vote for the upcoming election 
  • October 27th – Last day to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot 
  • November 3rd – Polls are open from 7 am-8 pm
    • Last day for your mail-in ballot to be postmarked
    • Mailed ballots must arrive by November 5th at 5 p.m. to be counted

Your Vote is Your Voice – Use it!