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Posted on: October 22, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Nov. 3 Election: Voter information

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(Notice: If you did not register to vote before Oct. 19, you cannot vote in the Nov. 3 elections)

Election Day, Nov. 3


This year's election asks registered Norristown voters to make their picks for a number of federal and state positions. At the federal level, voters are asked to select the President of the United States and their U.S. Representative for the 4th Congressional District. In the state, voters are asked to select their representative in the 70th House District and senator for the 17th Senate District, along with the state attorney general, auditor general and treasurer. NOTE: There are no races for municipal or county offices this year.


County Voter Services Offices


The county will be able to provide for you all of your voting needs. You may use these offices, including its main office at One Montgomery Plaza, to vote early through mail-in ballot through Oct. 26. This office is open M/W/F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., T/Th from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sat-Sun from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To vote early on Oct. 27, you must go to the voters services office at One Montgomery Plaza between their regular office hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

You can find the locations and hours of other offices at the Montgomery County Voter Services website


Voting


Electors this year have two options to vote: at their regular polling place, or by mail-in ballot.

Polling Places, open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov 3 Polling


Norristown has 12 voting precincts. This year, the county has approved seven polling places to serve the municipality's 12 precincts. Please see the following precinct list to know where your polling place is if you choose to vote in person. You can also verify your polling place at this link: https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx

Precinct 1-1: United Church of Christ, 1003 W. Marshall St.

Precincts 1-2, 1-3, 2-1: Stewart Middle School, 1315 W. Marshall St.

Precincts 2-2, 2-3, 3-2: Gotwals Elementary School, 1 E. Oak St.

Precincts 3-1, 3-3: Eisenhower Middle School, 1601 Markley St.

Precinct 4-1: Holy Savior Club, 436 E. Main St.

Precinct 4-2: MontCo Human Services, 1430 DeKalb St.

Precinct 4-3: Hancock Elementary School, 1520 Arch St.


Mail-in ballot



ballot dropoffFollowing a change in state law allowing for anyone to vote by mail, voters may apply for a mail-in ballot no later than 5 p.m. on Oct. 27 (apply for a ballot here). Returning your mail-in ballot can happen in two ways.

Secure drop box- Mail-in ballots must be filled out and placed in the accompanying secrecy envelope, and then put into the official mailing envelope. Sign and date the voter declaration spot on the return envelope and you are finished! The Norristown drop box is located at the Airy St. Parking Lot at Airy and DeKalb streets. You may return your ballot, AND YOUR BALLOT ONLY, at the drop boxes. If you are dropping off a ballot for someone else, you must have an approved designated agent form from the county: the designated agent form can be found here

The drop boxes will be available for use from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Hours will expand daily on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and again on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

These ballots must be received by the county by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3.

By mail- Mail-in ballots must be filled out and placed in the accompanying secrecy envelope, and then put into the official mailing envelope. Sign and date the voter declaration spot on the return envelope and you are finished!  Ballots sent in the mail must be postmarked on/by Nov. 3 and received by the county by 5 p.m. on Nov. 6 to be counted.



FAQs

Q: What is a "naked" ballot?

A: A "naked" ballot is one where the ballot was not sealed in the secrecy envelope AND placed in the return envelope before being returned by drop box or mail. Naked ballots will be rejected by the county board of elections! Ballots must be placed in the secrecy envelope, and the secrecy envelop must then be placed in the return envelope. The return envelope must be signed by the voter in the designated area. 


Q: What if I applied for a ballot and did not receive it?

A: You can go to one of the voter services offices through Oct. 26 and they can cancel your old ballot, supply you with a new ballot that you can immediately fill out and return it at that site. If you cannot use this option, file a provisional ballot at your polling place on Election Day. Conversely, if you lost your mail-in ballot, you may file a provisional ballot at the polls. 


Q: I received a mail-in ballot, but now I want to vote in person. What do I do?

A: DO NOT return your mail-in ballot by mail or drop box! Keep your ballot and all of its envelopes and bring that with you to your polling place on Election Day. A poll worker will void your mail-in ballot and you may then cast your vote at the poll. If you lost your mail-in ballot, you may file a provisional ballot at the polls.


Resources

Montgomery County Voter Services website

Montgomery County Voter Services phone number: 610-278-3280

Mail-in ballot status: votespa.com/mailballotstatus

Voter registration status and polling location: https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx

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