May 30, 2020
Philadelphia and the surrounding counties have installed additional drop boxes for voters to deposit their mail-in ballots for the upcoming primary election on Tuesday.
The purpose of the boxes is to encourage Pennsylvania residents vote and help residents to cast their votes on time – all while practicing social distancing because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because of delays getting mail-in ballots to voters due to circumstances from the coronavirus and the volume of people requesting them, these ballots likely would not arrive at county election offices to be counted before the 8 p.m. deadline on Tuesday when polls close. So Pennsylvania counties are supplementing their numbers of drop-off locations.
Using drop-off boxes speeds up the process by taking ballots directly to county officials to be colleged, and skipping the days-long mailing period.
If a ballot has not yet been mailed, it should be taken to ballot collection box, to ensure it gets counted. Also, it is important to note that voters may only drop off their own ballots. Residents do not have to show ID to return their mail-in ballots, despite an outdated instruction printed with Philadelphia mail-in ballots suggesting otherwise.
Philadelphia will all have additional, temporary ballot drop-off boxes in 10 locations, beginning Saturday morning. Ballots will be collected for a two hour window at each location. The address, dates and times for each of these locations is listed in the chart below.
|Boys Latin of Philadelphia|
Charter High School
|5501 Cedar Ave.|
Philadelphia, PA 19143
|Saturday, May 30||9:00-11:00 a.m.|
|John Bartram High School||2401 S. 67th St.|
Philadelphia, PA 19142
|Saturday, May 30||12:00-2:00 p.m.|
|2101 S Broad St.|
Philadelphia, PA 19148
|Saturday, May 30||3:00-5:00 p.m.|
|10175 Bustleton Ave.|
Philadelphia, PA 19116
|Sunday, May 31||8:00-10:00 a.m.|
|Rising Sun Plaza|
|Rising Sun & Adams aves,|
Philadelphia, PA 19120
|Sunday, May 31||11:00-1:00 p.m.|
|25th District PAL Center||3199 D St.|
Philadelphia, PA 19134
|Sunday, May 31||2:00-4:00 p.m.|
| 2401 Aramingo Ave.|
Philadelphia, PA 19125
|Sunday, May 31||5:00-7:00 p.m.|
|Shawmont Elementary School||535 Shawmont Ave.|
Philadelphia, PA 19128
|Monday, June 1||9:00-11:00 a.m.|
|Central High School||1700 W Olney Ave.|
Philadelphia, PA 19141
|Monday, June 1||12:00-2:00 p.m.|
|Tanner Duckrey Public School||1501 W. Diamond St.|
Philadelphia, PA 19121
|Monday, June 1||3:00-5:00 p.m.|
Also, between 7a.m. and 8 p.m Tuesday, the day of the primary election, voters can bring their completed ballots to any one of the drop-off offices below:
• Philadelphia City Commissioner's Office: 520 N. Columbus Blvd., 19123
• Tilden Middle School: 6601 Elmwood Ave. 19142
• Lucien Blackwell Library: 52nd and Sansom streets, 19139
• Hillside Recreation Center: 203 Fountain St., 19128
• Council President's District Office: 2815 Ridge Ave., Ste B 19121
• Councilperson Henon's District Office: 6730 Torresdale Ave., 19135
• Harrowgate PAL Center: 851 E. Tioga St., 19134
• Councilperson Bass District Office: 4439A Germantown Ave., 19144
• West Oak Lane Library: 2000 Washington Lane, 19138
• Wadsworth Library: 1500 Wadsworth Ave. 19150
• Councilperson O'Neill's District Office: Bustleton Ave. and Bowler St., 19115
The following ballot drop box location information for Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties was published by the Pennsylvania government engagement advocacy group the Committee of Seventy. It included the locations where ballots will be collected, along with the times the collections are taking place.
• Lower Bucks Government Services Center: 7321 New Falls Road, Levittown; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
• Bucks County Administration Building: 55 E. Court St., Doylestown; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
• Upper Bucks Government Services Center: 261 California Road, Quakertown; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
• Delaware County Government Center, 201 W. Front St. Media; Saturday: 9 a.m‐2 p.m. and Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.‐8 p.m.
• Delaware County Courthouse, 201 W. Front St. Media; Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m.
• Chester County Government Building: 601 Westtown Rd, West Chester; Ballot drop-off box accessible 24 hours
• Norristown: One Montgomery Plaza; 425 Swede Street, Norristown, PA 1940; Before 8 p.m. on June 2.
• Green Lane: Green Lane Park; 2144 Snyder Road, Green Lane, PA 18054; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesday
• Lansdale: Montgomery County Community Connections Office; 421 West Main St., Lansdale, PA 19446; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesday
• Pottstown: Montgomery County Community College Pottstown Campus; 101 College Drive-South Hall, Pottstown, PA 19464; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesday
• Willow Grove: Eastern Courthouse Annex; 102 North York Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesday
Pennsylvania officials postponed the primary date by more a month, moving it from April 28 to June 2 in order avoid the peak of the coronavirus outbreak and to give voters more time to receive vote by mail ballots.
Gov. Tom Wolf has encouraged residents to vote by mail. Additionally, a limited number of polling places will be open in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties.