The Bucks County Democratic Committee
The Bucks County Democratic Committee

Vote By Mail

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

How To Return Your Mail Ballot for the April 23rd Primary

Return

Options for how to return your ballot
1. Return To A Drop Box

You can return your ballot to a drop box provided by the Board of Elections. As drop box hours and locations become available, we will update this page with that information.

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

2. Return at the polls on Election Day

You can bring your ballot to your regular polling location on Election Day, and the Judge of Elections will void your mail-in ballot and allow you to vote on the voting machine. You will need your ballot AND your return envelope in order to vote on the machine.

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. The Board of Elections typically begins sending ballots to voters 15-30 days prior to Election Day.
CORRECTING A REJECTED BALLOT
A small number of ballots are rejected every election by the Board of Elections usually because of a mistake the voter made when completing the ballot. If you've been notified of a problem with your ballot, here's how you can fix it to make sure your vote counts.

How to Cure a Rejected Ballot

How to cure rejected ballots: There are several ways a voter can cure their rejected ballots:

  1. FIX BALLOT IN DOYLESTOWN: Go to the Board of Elections at 55 E. Court Street in Doylestown by February 13. Voter explains that their ballot was rejected and that they want to fix it. The election official will pull the ballot and let them fix it (e.g., sign or date it). Additional details:
    • Voters can call Doylestown BOE in advance so that their ballots will be ready when they arrive. [215-348-6154, Hit # to connect with a live person, open 8 am to 5 pm.]
    • If a voter is able to get to Doylestown but has a physical disability that prevents them from going inside the building, an election official will bring the ballot out to their car. Instructions:
      • Call the Board of Elections (BOE), 55 E. Court Street, 215-348-6154, hit # to reach a live person. Explain to them that you were notified that your ballot needs to be corrected. You can get a ride to the BOE to correct the error, but you are physically unable to walk inside. Tell them you would like them to meet you at the curb with your ballot. You will need to arrange a date and time.
  2. VOTE PROVISIONALLY ON ELECTION DAY. Voter goes to their regular polling location and explains to the Judge of Elections that their ballot was rejected and that they want to vote provisionally. By law, all voters are entitled to vote provisionally. Additional information:

3. IN PERSON CANCEL AND REPLACE BALLOT: Voter goes to the Board of Elections office in Doylestown or Levittown and explains that their ballot was rejected and that they want to cancel their original ballot and vote on demand. They complete a cancel and replace form and the ballot clerk gives them a new ballot for them to complete and return, all in one visit.

Locations & Hours:

  • Doylestown: 55 E. Court St. Doylestown, PA 18901 | 215-348-6154, (IMPORTANT: hit # to connect with a live person), M-F, 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Levittown: 7321 New Falls Rd. Levittown, PA 19055, M-F, 8 AM – 4:30 PM

4. REQUEST CANCEL AND REPLACE BALLOT OVER EMAIL: Voter prints and completes a cancel and replace form, scans or photographs the completed form and emails it to [email protected]. Note: we do not recommend this option after February 6th as the voter may not receive the replacement ballot in time. 

5. USE A DESIGNATED AGENT TO CANCEL AND REPLACE. Voters with a disability* who are physically unable to go to the Board of Elections or vote in person on Election Day may ask a person of their choice (known as a designated agent) to retrieve and return replacement ballots for them. Here are the steps:

    • Voter completes and signs a designated agent form, which can be downloaded here
    • Voter completes and signs a “cancel and replace” form which can be downloaded here
    • Designated agent takes both above forms to the Board of Elections at 55 E. Court Street, Doylestown, PA 18901, Monday-Friday 8 AM, 5-PM OR Lower Bucks Government Service Center, 7321 New Falls Rd. Levittown, PA 19055, M-F, 8 AM – 4:30 PM, and retrieves a new ballot
    • Designated agent takes replacement ballot to the voter
    • Voter completes ballot (be sure to place the ballot inside the yellow secrecy envelope and sign and date the outer envelope)
    • Voter or Designated Agent takes the ballot to a drop box or puts it in the mail (we recommend using a drop box after February 6th to ensure it arrives on time).

 

*An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.

 

If you have questions about any of these options, please email Helen at [email protected].

Vote On Demand

Cast your ballot early at one of two Board of Elections locations

What Is On Demand Voting?

Can’t wait for your ballot? Made a mistake? Lost or never received your ballot? Away on Election Day?

Voting On Demand gives you the option to request a ballot, complete it, and return it all in one visit to a Board of Elections location even if you’ve already applied for a Mail Ballot.

Who can Vote On Demand?

  • Anyone who has requested a Mail Ballot by April 16th at 5pm can vote On Demand until Election Day, (Tuesday April 23rd).
  • Anyone who is a registered voter can also vote On Demand until one week before Election Day. After that point, you can only vote On Demand if you’ve already requested a mail ballot.

Locations and Hours

  • Levittown: 7321 New Falls Rd, Levittown | 267-580-3500 or, if busy 215-348-6154
    • Monday – Friday: 8AM to 4:30PM
  • Doylestown: 55 East Court Street, Doylestown | 215-348-6154
    • Monday – Friday: 8 AM to 5 PM
  • Quakertown: 261 California Rd, Quakertown | (215) 348-6191
    • Monday-Friday: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
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 for your ballot to be counted.

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 15-30 days 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, [email protected].

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 or one of the many dropboxes located throughout the county. See above for dropbox locations and hours.

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

 

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

See above for additional drop box locations and times.

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

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

If you lost, never received, or do not have both envelopes that came with your Mail 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 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 Election Day. Actual mailing dates will vary so check the tracker app to see when your ballot goes out. The Board of Elections typically sends ballots about 30 days prior to Election day.

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 each year that youd’ like to receive a mail ballot. If you select the “annual option” you will receive a ballot for the Primary AND the General. If you do not select the annual option you will need to apply separately for the Primary and the General. The deadline to apply is seven days before Election Day. If you have not done this and the deadline hasn’t passed, 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 the deadline but you did not receive your ballot, you can visit one of the three Board of Elections locations and once ballots are ready for an election (typically about 30 days prior to election day), they can print your ballot on the spot. You can then fill the ballot out and drop it in a drop box onsite 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. Every voter has the right to fill out a provisional ballot, but because it is not a guaranteed vote, you should explore all other voting options before voting provisionally.

Can I Check the Status of my Mail 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.

If your mail ballot has been successfully processed, you will see the word “Pending” in the Status field (See below image).

An image of the mail abllto stauts site at votes.pa.gov. The word "Pending" in the status column means your ballot has been successfully requested

If your mail ballot has NOT been received you will see  a message in red that says ” we are unable to match your information with our records”(See below image).. This means your application has not been received and you will not be receiving a mail ballot. You should either reapply or contact the Board of Elections at (215) 348-6154 or [email protected]
An image of the mail ballot status site at votes.pa.gov. If there is a message in red that says " we are unable to match your information with our records", your application has not been recieved and you should reapply or contact the Board of Elections.

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

Great news! The 2020 update to Pennsylvania voting laws was intended to make the vote by mail process simpler for everyone. As a result, ALL VOTERS MAY NOW USE A MAIL BALLOT.

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

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 but typically are sent out about 30 days prior to the 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 Ballot.

Simply email the Bucks County Board of Elections at [email protected]. They will need the change in writing, but they also recommend following up with a phone call (215.248.6154) to confirm they received the change of address.

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, [email protected].

Alternately, you can vote on demand by visiting one of the three On Demand Voting Locations in the
County (see above for locations and hours). The Board of Elections staff can print a new ballot for you which you can fill out and return to a drop box on the spot.

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

The Bucks County Democratic Committee has a dedicated team of volunteers prepared to answer your questions about voting by mail.

Text: 215-500-2121 
Email: [email protected]

If you need urgent assistance, you may also contact the Bucks County Board of Elections

Board of Elections: 215 348-6154

Need More Help?

Bucks County Board of Elections

55 E. Court St. 
Doylestown, PA 18901 
215-348-6154 
[email protected]

Bucks County Democratic Committee

2003 Lower State Road,

Building 100, Suite 121

Doylestown, PA 18901

215-348-2140
[email protected]

 

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 a drop box.

YOU DID IT!

Congratulations! You've Successfully Voted By Mail!

*Ballots are typically sent to voters 15-30 days before Election Day