Vote By Mail

A Safe, Secure And Convenient Way To Vote In Bucks County

Vote By Mail Update: Wednesday October 28h

Drop Your Ballot. Don't Mail It.

It is now too late to return your ballot by mail, but there’s good news! The Board of Elections has drop boxes at three locations throughout the county that are open late and on weekends. See below for locations and times and drop your ballot off today!

Don’t Have Your Ballot or Need a New Ballot?

The Board of Elections has informed us that as of October 20th, all mail ballots processed prior to that date have been placed in the mail to be sent to voters. If you have not received your ballot, you should contact the Board of Elections at 215-348-6154 or elections@buckscounty.org. You will need to visit the Board of Elections so they can provide a replacement ballot which you can complete and return to a drop box on site.  The last day to get a replacement ballot is Monday 11/2. Replacement ballots will not be printed on Election Day. See below for locations and times.

2020 General Election Voter Guide

Know the races, find out about the candidates, view your sample ballot and more

Vote by Mail: How To Complete And Return Your Mail Ballot

Follow these simple rules to make sure your vote counts!

Complete

In order for your ballot be counted you MUST:

  • Use a Black or Blue Pen. It doesn’t matter which color you use but use the same color for the entire ballot.
  • Use Both Envelopes. Place the completed ballot in the Secrecy Envelope and then put the Secrecy Envelope into the larger Return Envelope with the declaration printed on it.
  • Complete and Sign the Voter Declaration. The Voter Declaration is on the back of the Return Envelope.
  • Avoid Making Any Marks on the Secrecy Envelope.

Return

  • Return Right Away. The number one reason ballots aren’t counted is because they are misplaced or returned late.
  • Your Return Options:
    • Option A. Return In Person to a Drop Box at the Board of Elections. There are three Board of Elections locations:

      Doylestown: 55 E. Court St, Doylestown | 215-348-6154
      Levittown: 7321 New Falls Rd, Levittown | 267-580-3500 or, if busy 215-348-6154
      Quakertown: 261 California Rd, Quakertown | 215-529-7250 or, if busy 215-348-6154

      Drop Box Hours Starting Wednesday 10/21:
      Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      Saturdays and Sundays: 12:00 p.m to 5:00 p.m.
      Election Day Tuesday, November 3rd: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

      Remember:
      You can only return your own ballot to a drop box.

    • Option B. At the Polls on Nov. 3rd. You can bring your ballot to the polls on Election Day and the Judge of Elections will void your ballot and allow you to vote on the machines. You will need your ballot AND your return envelope in order to  vote on the machines.

    • Option C. We No Longer Recommend Returning by Mail Because of potential delays in mail delivery, we do NOT recommend mailing your ballot back after 10/26. If mail is your only option, ballots must be postmarked by November 3rd and received at the Board of Elections by November 6. You may also use FedEx or UPS to deliver your ballot.

 

  • Track Your Ballot. No matter how you return it, you can track your ballot to see when it is received at the Board of Elections

Bucks County: How to Return Your Ballot

Watch this short video to learn how to make sure your ballot is counted!

Visit our Vote by Mail page for an FAQ or if you have more questions, call 1-833-PAVOTES (1-833-728-6837) or email us at info@bucksvotes.com.

What If I Haven't Received My Mail Ballot?

Visit The Board of Elections Before Election Day to Get A Replacement Ballot Printed

If you’ve already requested your mail ballot but it hasn’t arrived, or you need a replacement for any reason, the Board of Elections staff can print a new ballot for you and cancel the original. You can then complete the new ballot on the spot and drop it in the drop box at the same location. After Tuesday October 27th, lines and wait times at the Board of Elections offices are expected to be shorter as only voters who’ve applied for a mail ballot will be able to get a replacement ballot printed.

Doylestown
55 E. Court St, Doylestown | 215-348-6154

Levittown
7321 New Falls Rd, Levittown | 267-580-3500

Quakertown
261 California Rd, Quakertown | 215-529-7250

Hours
Wednesday 10/28, Thursday 10/29, Friday 10/30, Monday 11/2
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Remember: If you have applied for a mail ballot and you choose to vote in person on Election Day, you must bring your mail ballot AND return envelope with you in order to vote on the machines at the polls. Otherwise, your only option will be to fill out a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are reviewed and voted on within a week of Election Day by the Board of Elections. If you don’t have your ballot, we strongly encourage you to contact the Board of Elections (215-348-6154, elections@buckscounty.org) and plan to visit them before Election Day in order to get a ballot printed that you can complete and return on the spot.

Vote Early On Demand at the Levittown Board of Elctions Office in Levittown, PA

The Levittown Board of Elections Service Center
7321 New Falls Rd, Levittown

Ballot Drop Box inside the Bucks Countb Board of Elecvtions Office in Levittown PA

The Ballot Drop Box located inside the Levittown Board of Elections Office. You need to use BOTH envelopes and complete and sign the declaration in order for your ballot to be counted.

How To Vote By Mail

In Three Easy Steps

1. REQUEST

Request Your Ballot Now!

Click to sign-up right now

2. COMPLETE

Complete Your Ballot As Soon As It Arrives!

Click to see a how to complete the ballot

3. RETURN

Don't Wait! Return Your Ballot Immediately

Return by mail or in-person to the Board of Elections

YOU DID IT!

Congratulations! You've Successfully Voted By Mail!

Track Your Ballot

Track your ballot and your application online

Check the Status of your Application
Track Your Ballot When It’s On Its Way To You
Check To See When The Board Of Elections Receives Your Ballot

Frequently Asked Questions

About Vote by Mail

Are There Any Advantages To Voting By Mail?

Yes! There are many advantages to voting by mail:

  • Voting by mail provides the most options for you to return your ballot!
  • Skip the lines and crowds on Election Day!
  • Mark your ballot in the safety, comfort, and privacy of your own home!
  • Vote on your time-No need to wait for Election day to return your ballot!
  • Take the time you need to make thoughtful decisions!
  • No need to worry that a change in plans will stop you from voting on Election Day!
  • By checking the box to join the Annual Mail-In Request, you can sign up one time each year and automatically receive Mail-In Ballots for every election that year

Is Voting By Mail Complicated?

Not at all! These are the steps:

  1. Request your Mail-In Ballot through the online application 
    • If you prefer, you can also print the application and mail it or return it in person to the Board of Elections. Online is easier and can save up to ten days.
    • If you choose to request online and provide your email to the PA Dept of State, you should
      receive email confirmation that your application has been received within a few days.
    • Ballots are allowed to be sent out 50 days prior to elections but actual mail dates will vary. Once you’ve requested your ballot you can track the status of your application and when your ballot is on its way
  2. Fill out your Mail-in Ballot once it arrives in the mail
    • Ballots will be sent out by the Board of Elections 3-4 weeks before the election
  3. Return your Mail-In Ballot as soon as you’ve filled it out in-person or by mail:

    Bucks County Board of Elections
    55 E. Court St.
    Doylestown, PA 18901
    215-348-6154, elections@buckscounty.org.

When Should I Request My Ballot and When Should I Return It?

Request Your Ballot Now and Return Your Ballot Immediately.

The number one reason Mail-In Ballots aren’t cast or counted is because they were misplaced or sent back too late, so make a plan to return it as soon as you fill it out. You can always hand-deliver your ballot to the Board of Elections during normal business hours up to and election day.

The deadline to request your Mail-In Ballot is 5:00PM on the Tuesday before the election 

The deadline to return your completed Mail-In Ballot is 8:00PM on Election Day.

The deadlines refer to when the Board of Elections must receive the mailed request and/or the Mail-In Ballot NOT when they are postmarked.

I've Heard Mail Delivery Has Been Slower Than Normal. Can I Deliver My Mail-In Ballot Another Way?

Yes! You can bring your ballot directly to the Board of Elections during normal business hours any day up to and including Election Day. 

Board of Elections Locations:

  • Middle Bucks: 55 E. Court St, Doylestown, PA 18901 | 215-348-6154
  • Lower Bucks: 7321 New Falls Rd, Levittown, PA 19055 | 267-580-3500
  • Upper Bucks: 261 California Rd, Quakertown, PA 18951 | 215-529-7250

Board of Elections Drop Box Hours for the 2020 General Election:

  • October 5th to October 26th: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday
  • October 27th to November 3rd (Extended Hours):
    • Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
    • Saturday and Sunday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 3rd 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

 

 

If I Request a Mail-In Ballot, can I Change My Mind and Still Vote at the Polls?

Yes!

First, you can always hand-deliver your ballot early to the Board of Elections any day including Election Day, during normal operating hours (M-F 8-4:30pm):

  • Middle Bucks: 55 E. Court St, Doylestown, PA 18901 | 215-348-6154
  • Lower Bucks: 7321 New Falls Rd, Levittown, PA 19055 | 267-580-3500
  • Upper Bucks: 261 California Rd, Quakertown, PA 18951 | 215-529-7250

Voters can only deliver their own ballot. The Board of Elections will not accept ballots delivered on behalf of family, friends or neighbors.

You also have the option to bring your Mail-In Ballot to your polling place to vote in person on Election Day. If you have your ballot and both envelope, the Judge of Elections will void your Mail-in Ballot and you will be allowed to vote using the machine at the polling place. You will need to bring BOTH envelopes with you that come with the Mail-In Ballot.

If you lost, never received, or do not have both envelopes that came with your Mail-In Ballot, you can still vote in-person at the polls using a provisional ballot. Tell the Judge of Elections you’d like to fill out a provisional ballot. These ballots will be reviewed by the Board of Elections within a week of Election Day. Provided they did not receive a Mail-In Ballot from you and there are no other issues prohibiting you from voting, your vote will count.

When will I receive my Mail-In Ballot?

The Board of Elections is legally allowed to begin mailing out ballots to voters starting fifty days prior to the election (Sept 14). Actual mailing dates will vary so check the tracker app to see when your ballot goes out.

What should I do If I haven't received my Mail Ballot?

Don’t worry-If it’s on or before Election Day, you can still vote!

1. Did you apply for your ballot? In order to vote by mail you must submit an application by 10/27. If you have not done this, you can sign up here. We will get you to the application AND you can choose to receive alerts from us about your ballot. Note: it takes a few days to process the application and mail the ballot to you, so if it’s close to Election Day, consider whether or not you have time to receive and return it to the Board of Elections by 8pm on Election Day.

2. Have you checked to see if your application was processed? If you have applied, you can check here to see if your application was received and processed. If your application has been processed, the table will show the word “pending” in the “Status” field.

*See below FAQ for detailed explanation

It may take a few days for this to appear. Do not apply twice as this simply slows down the process. If you’re sure you’ve applied and it’s been a few days, call the Bucks County Board of Elections office at 215.348.6154.

3. Vote On Demand. If you know you’ve applied successfully by 10/27 but you did not receive your ballot, you can visit one of the three Board of Elections locations and they can print your ballot on the spot. You can then fill the ballot out and hand it back to the staff to be counted with the rest of the Mail Ballots starting at 8am on Election Day.

Board of Elections Locations
Open from M-F (8:00am-4:30pm):

Doylestown: 55 E. Court St, Doylestown | 215-348-6154
Levittown: 7321 New Falls Rd, Levittown | 267-580-350
Quakertown: 261 California Rd, Quakertown | 215-529-7250

 

4. Vote Provisionally. As a last resort, if it’s Election Day and  you have no opportunity to go the Board of Elections, you can go to the polls and tell the Judge of Elections that you want to fill out a provisional ballot. These ballots will be reviewed by the Board of Elections within a week of Election Day. Provided they did not receive a Mail-In Ballot from you and there are no other issues prohibiting you from voting, your vote will count. Because its not a guaranteed vote, you should explore all other voting options before voting provisionally.

Can I Check the Status of my Mail-In Ballot Request?

Yes-You can see the status of your application, when your ballot is on its way, and when the Board of Elections has received your ballot at VotesPa.com/MailBallotStatus. You can also sign up for alerts about your ballot and updates to voting by mail at BucksDemocrats.org/Track.

I Have Voted Absentee in the Past. Should I Vote by Absentee or by Mail-In Ballot?

Great news! Due to a recent update to the law (March 27, 2020) which was intended to make the vote by mail process simpler for everyone, ALL VOTERS MAY NOW USE A MAIL-IN BALLOT

That means, even if you’ve voted by Absentee in the past you may now use a Mail-In Ballot!

When you sign up you will be asked three questions:

  • Are you a military or overseas civilian absentee voter?
  • Are you applying for a ballot because you will be absent from your municipality for the upcoming election?
  • Are you applying for a ballot for the upcoming election because you cannot appear at your polling place due to an illness or physical disability?

Answer “No” to all three and proceed with your application

Why is There Still An Absentee Ballot Option if Everyone Can Now Use The Mail-In Ballot?

The provision for an Absentee Ballot is written into the Pennsylvania constitution, so rather than change the constitution (a daunting task), the legislature opted to simply add the Mail-In Ballot and retain the option of using an Absentee Ballot. 

I’m a College Student, is the Vote by Mail Process any Different for Me?

No-Follow the steps above. You just need to make sure you request to have the ballot delivered to the address where you will be when ballots are sent out. Ballots are legally allowed to be sent out up to 50 days prior an election.

I Provided the Wrong Mailing Address or No Longer will be at the Address that I Provided When I Requested my Mail-In Ballot, What Should I Do?

Don’t worry-you can update the mailing address provided when you requested your Mail-In Ballot, contact the Bucks County Board of Elections: 215-348-6154, elections@buckscounty.org.

What if I make a mistake when completing my ballot, or damage or misplace it?

No problem-You can request another ballot from the Bucks County Board of Elections: 215-348-6154, elections@buckscounty.org.

I still have more questions. Who can I talk to?

The Pa Dems have set up a hotline you can call with any questions. The team is fluent in Spanish and very responsive. They are also prepared to forward anyone who needs additional attention to our team at the BCDC.

PA Dems Voter Assistance Hotline
1-833-PAVOTES (1-833-728-6837)

Need More Help?

PA Dems Voter Assistance Hotline

For Vote By Mail Questions

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Bucks County Board of Elections

55 E. Court St. 
Doylestown, PA 18901 
215-348-6154 
elections@buckscounty.org

Bucks County Democratic Committee

44 E. Court St.
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-348-2140
info@bucksdemocrats.org