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If you requested a mail-in ballot but didn’t yet get a chance to send it back — understandable if you were distracted — it’s still not too late to cast a vote in Tuesday’s primary.
On Monday, Gov. Wolf issued an emergency declaration that extends the ballot return deadline to June 9 in six Pa. counties, including Philadelphia. The ballot must be postmarked by June 2, however.
“Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and I want to ensure that voters can cast their ballot and that it is received in time,” Wolf said, citing the dual hurdles of an ongoing health crisis and civil unrest, with the curfews it has entailed.
If you want to get yours in on Election Day, when Philly’s curfew will begin at 8:30 p.m., you can also still do that.
Polling places are not a valid place to hand over ballots, but the city has set up an assortment of other spots where you can drop them off.
Several rec centers, schools and library branches have been designated as drop points, and there’s also the newly installed mailboxes outside City Hall. We’ve listed and mapped all the drop-off locations available on June 2 below.
A few important notes:
- Deadline for dropping off ballots in person is 8 p.m.
- You must deliver your own ballot — unless you’re physically unable
- People who are physically unable need to fill out additional forms that authorize an “agent” to do it, and deliver those along with the ballot
- Did you apply but never receive your official mail-in form? You can still vote: visit your designated polling place to request and fill out what’s called a provisional ballot. Those will be counted after all the other votes, in case of close races or contests.
- If you are going the provisional ballot route, remember that polling place locations have been reduced by 80% (thanks, coronavirus) so be sure to check for the proper address
This is Pa.’s first election where you didn’t need an excuse to vote by mail. More than 200,000 Philly voters applied to do so — although the distribution was uneven. Some neighborhoods returned 50x the number of applications received from others that have historically battled disenfranchisement.
If you do have your mail-in ballot and are ready to drop it off on Tuesday, here’s where to go on June 2. Boxes open at 7 a.m. and will be available until 8 p.m.
Ballot drop-off locations in Philadelphia on June 2
Philadelphia City Hall
1400 JFK Blvd.
Philadelphia City Commissioner’s Office
520 N. Columbus Blvd.
Tilden Middle School
6601 Elmwood Ave.
Lucien Blackwell Library
125 S. 52nd St.
Hillside Recreation Center
203 Fountain St.
Council President Clarke’s District Office
2815 Ridge Ave. (Committee of 70 votesmobile)
Councilmember Henon’s District Office
6730 Torresdale Ave.
Harrowgate PAL Center
851 E Tioga St.
Councilmember Bass District Office
4439A Germantown Ave.
West Oak Lane Library
2000 Washington Ln.
1500 Wadsworth Ave.
Councilmember O’Neill’s District Office
1701 Bowler St.