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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.
MORE ELECTION 2020:
- What’s on the Philly ballot this year? Guide to candidates, ballot questions and more
- Confused by the Pennsylvania ballot tracker? Here’s what your status means
- Map: Polling places in Philly that will open on Nov. 3
- What if you applied for a ballot and now want to vote in person?
- Do you need photo ID to vote in PA? Not unless you’re a first-timer
- Avoid a ‘naked ballot’: Instructions for voting by mail
Check the map and table below for address details.
|City Hall Room 140||1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, 19107||Sept. 29|
|George Washington High School||10175 Bustleton Ave, 19116||Sept. 29|
|The Liacouras Center||1776 N Broad St, 19121||Sept. 29|
|Roxborough High School||6498 Ridge Ave, 19128||Sept. 29|
|Tilden Middle School||6601 Elmwood Ave, 19142||Sept. 29|
|Julia De Burgos Elementary||401 W Lehigh Ave, 19133||Sept. 29|
|Overbrook Elementary School||2032 N 62nd St, 19151||Sept. 29|
|Creative And Performing Arts||901 S Broad St, 19147||Oct. 9|
|A. B. Day School||6324 Crittenden St, 19138||Oct. 13|
|J Hampton Moore School||6900 Summerdale Ave, 19111||Oct. 14|
|Julia Ward Howe School||5800 N 13th St, 19141||Oct. 17|
|Alain Locke School||4550 Haverford Ave, 19139||Oct. 17|
|Joseph H. Brown School||3600 Stanwood St, 19136||Oct. 20|
|Riverview Place (Delaware & Spring Garden)||520 N Columbus Blvd, 19123||Oct. 20|
|Harding Middle School||2000 Wakeling Street, 19124||Oct. 20|
|Mastbaum High School||3116 Frankford Ave, 19134||Oct. 20|
|Drop box: City Hall, South Gate||Broad and Market streets, 19106||Oct. 9|
|Drop box: Eastern State Penitentiary, outside||2027 Fairmount Ave., 19130||Oct. 14|
|Drop box: Feltonville Intermediate School||238 E Wyoming Ave, 19120||Oct. 19|
|Drop box: Markward Playground||400 S. Taney St., 19146||Oct. 24|
|Drop box: Pelbano Rec Center||8101 Bustleton Ave., 19152||Oct. 24|
|Drop box: Ford PAL Rec Center||609 Snyder Ave., 19148||Oct. 24|
|Drop box: Smith Playground||2100 S. 24th St., 19121||Oct. 24|
|Drop box: Vogt Rec Center||4131 Unruh Ave., 19135||Oct. 24|
|Drop box: Independence Branch Library||18 S. 7th St., 19106||Oct. 24|
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. Several legal challenges to this extension means the earlier you return your ballot, the better.
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.