The Chester County Voter Services Office is located at the Chester County Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Rd, Suite 150, West Chester, PA 19380 Hours of operation during the 2021 Primary Election are Monday-Friday, 8:30AM - 4:30PM.
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If you are registering online the deadline is May 3, 2021, by midnight.
If you are submitting a paper application, it must be received in our office by 5:00 PM on May 3, 2021 . Postmarks do not apply.
You can apply online or download and complete the application.
You can check your voter registration status at pavoterservices.pa.gov. Be sure to enter your name exactly as it appears when you originally registered to vote or the system may not be able to locate your record. If you are unable to locate your voter registration status, you call us at 610-344-6410.
If you are not already registered, you can register at pavoterservices.pa.gov.
You can request a mail-in/absentee ballot application online or print the form and mail the completed application to Chester County. Send the completed form to:
Chester County Voter Services601 Westtown Road, Suite 150West Chester, PA 19380.
If voting by mail, you must apply for an absentee or mail-In ballot. The last day to apply is May 11, 2021 by 5:00 PM.
If sending a paper application, it must be received by 5:00 PM on May 11, 2021. Postmarks do not apply.
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 mid-April.
Check the status of your mail-in or absentee ballot at votespa.com/mailballotstatus.
Ballots must be received in the county election office by 8:00PM on election day, May 18, 2021.
Completed mail-in ballots can be dropped off beginning April 27th at the following locations:
Concerns regarding exposed SignatureIf you do not want to return your paper ballot because your signature is exposed on the outer envelope, or you are not comfortable sending through the mail, you can send the sealed ballot unfolded in a larger envelope addressed to the our office (see address below). However, you would have to pay for postage for the whole envelope. There is also a small chance that your ballot will not be processed in time because our staff will be focused on looking for the original ballot envelopes.
Chester County Voter Services601 Westtown Rd, Suite 150West Chester, PA 19380
Drop-off LocationsYou can drop off your completed ballot.at a drop box or send in using FedEx, UPS or other courier service. You must use the two envelopes that are sent along with the ballot - the inner secrecy envelope, and the outer envelope that you must sign. The envelope should be addressed to:
Please be sure to complete ALL required information.
It means that we have already received your application. If you apply again, it will be considered a “duplicate” and rejected. This does not cancel your previous application.
We strongly recommend that you check your status before submitting a second application.
There are a few different statuses that can appear:
The PA State system only recognizes an email address once, so if you and another member of your household provided the same email address you will only receive an email for one ballot.
Naked ballots are mail-in ballots that arrive at election bureaus without inner “secrecy envelopes.”
In Pennsylvania, a completed mail-in ballot gets put into a “secrecy envelope” that has no identifying information. That envelope then goes into a larger mailing envelope signed by the voter.
Due to guidance from the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health, released on May 13th, the Chester County Health Department has rescinded its previous order requiring anyone entering a polling place to wear a face covering.
To be clear, face coverings may be worn by anyone who chooses to do so. The Chester County Department of Health has advised that the County should follow the new recommendations regarding face coverings by the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health and that voters should still attempt to maintain a 6-foot distance whenever possible. Please be advised that guidance from the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health is still in effect, which recommends face coverings for individuals that are not fully vaccinated. We understand this change is last minute and apologize for any confusion this may cause. Over the past year we have had to adapt to many changing Federal, State and County policies. We appreciate your cooperation through it all. We will continue to offer an abundance of PPE supplies that poll workers and others are welcome to use.
You can check the status online at votespa.com/mailballotstatus. There are a few different statuses that can appear:
No. Similar to voting in person, you are only able to cast your own vote. You cannot collect, drop off or deliver ballots for other people.
ONLY EXCEPTION: If a voter has a disability or is voting by emergency absentee ballot, the voter may have someone deliver their ballot only if both parties have signed an official written authorization. This written authorization form needs to be fully completed and secured to the ballot envelope before it is dropped into the box.
You can return the ballot, the secrecy envelope, and the outer declaration envelope to the Chester County Government Services Center - Voter Services, Suite 140. Monday through Friday, 8:30AM-4:30PM. Our staff will be able to assist you in replacing your damaged ballot.
Option 1 - You can take your ballot, secrecy envelope and the outer declaration envelop on Election Day to your polling place. The poll worker at your designated polling location will be able to void if for you; enabling you to vote in person.
Option 2 - If you do not return the balloting materials to either Voter Services or to your polling place, you will then be able to vote via provisional ballot ONLY.
Polling locations have been finalized. Please use the link below to check your polling location for the 2021 Primary Election.
We anticipate that ballots will be mailed out in mid-April and may be returned as soon as you have completed the ballot.
If you change your mind and want to vote in person after being approved for a mail in ballot you can bring your ballot and the envelopes to the polls with you. You will need to give your ballot and envelopes to a poll worker at your designated polling location and they will void it for you; enabling you to vote in person. The poll workers will have access to look up mail-in ballot requests, so if you forget to bring your mail-in ballot & envelopes with you so that it can be voided, you will be given a provisional ballot to complete at your polling location. This ballot will only be counted once we verify that your mail-in ballot has not been received by the Election Board.
You must be registered to vote in the county where you wish to work. (Exceptions exist for 17-year-old high school students, who must meet additional requirements).
Government officials and government employees are not allowed to serve as poll workers. Exceptions exist for district judges, notaries public, and members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Likewise, you are generally not allowed to serve if your name appears on the ballot.
Poll workers generally work for the entire day on election day, from before the time the polls open at 7:00 am, until after the polls close at 8:00 pm.
Poll workers are required to attend a training session.
All poll workers are paid for their time on election day.
If you are interested in becoming a poll worker, fill out the Poll Worker Interest Form.
The minimum age to be a poll worker is 17. Poll workers that are 17 years of age are directly supervised and typically have a more limited role.