Election 2020

Map: 17 Philly satellite election offices and drop boxes for mail ballots

Voters can request a mail ballot through Oct. 27.

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Update, Oct. 19: The U.S. Supreme Court refused to overturn a state court ruling, confirming that Pa. mail ballots received through 5 p.m. on the Friday after Election Day will be counted.

Philadelphia voters can visit satellite election offices or secure drop boxes across the city to turn in their ballots early for the 2020 general election. Find a list and map of the locations below.

You can bring your own ballot to any of these locations — you don’t have to find the one in your voting division. (You cannot drop off someone else’s ballot for them without filling out some paperwork first.)

The satellite offices are mostly located inside public schools, and are open seven days a week, with hours of 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday to Sunday. When you visit, you can do any or all of the following:

  • Apply for and get approved for a mail ballot (through Oct. 27)
  • Request a new mail ballot if yours hasn’t arrived yet (through Oct. 27)
  • Fill out your mail ballot
  • Seal your ballot in the secrecy envelope, place it in the outer envelope, sign your name, and return your ballot

Seventeen of these one-stop shops offering all the services at the Philadelphia County Board of Election are planned. They have opened in stages, due to staffing issues.

There are also locations hosting drop boxes, like the ones used in the June 2020 primary, where you can securely return your ballot 24 hours a day. All will be open by Oct. 19, which is the last day to register to vote in Pennsylvania.

This effort is funded by a $10M grant from the nonpartisan Center for Tech and Civic Life. The money is also funding new sorting equipment to process votes more efficiently, a hazard pay bump for poll workers, and extra COVID-protocol cleaning for polling places. If you want to vote in person on Nov. 3, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Check the map and table below for address details.

LocationAddressOpen date
City Hall Room 1401400 John F Kennedy Blvd, 19107Sept. 29
George Washington High School10175 Bustleton Ave, 19116Sept. 29
The Liacouras Center1776 N Broad St, 19121Sept. 29
Roxborough High School6498 Ridge Ave, 19128Sept. 29
Tilden Middle School6601 Elmwood Ave, 19142Sept. 29
Julia De Burgos Elementary401 W Lehigh Ave, 19133Sept. 29
Overbrook Elementary School2032 N 62nd St, 19151Sept. 29
Creative And Performing Arts901 S Broad St, 19147Oct. 9
A. B. Day School6324 Crittenden St, 19138Oct. 13
J Hampton Moore School6900 Summerdale Ave, 19111Oct. 14
Julia Ward Howe School5800 N 13th St, 19141Oct. 17
Alain Locke School4550 Haverford Ave, 19139Oct. 17
Joseph H. Brown School3600 Stanwood St, 19136Oct. 20
Riverview Place (Delaware & Spring Garden)520 N Columbus Blvd, 19123Oct. 20
Harding Middle School2000 Wakeling Street, 19124Oct. 20
Mastbaum High School3116 Frankford Ave, 19134Oct. 20
Drop box: City Hall, South GateBroad and Market streets, 19106Oct. 9
Drop box: Eastern State Penitentiary, outside2027 Fairmount Ave., 19130Oct. 14
Drop box: Feltonville Intermediate School238 E Wyoming Ave, 19120Oct. 19

The deadline for the city to receive mail ballots is to 5 p.m. on Nov. 6, the Friday following Election Day, for any ballots sent through the mail on or before Nov. 3.

Important: In order for mail ballots to count, they must be enclosed in the special secrecy envelope that fits within the regular envelope. (No “naked ballots.”)

If you applied to vote by mail but decide you want to vote in person on Nov. 3 instead, you can bring your ballot to your designated polling place — as well as both envelopes — and hand it to the poll worker. The judge of elections will need to hold up the line and fill out an affidavit, after which you can then step into the voting booth.

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