Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
are the requirements to register to vote?
You must be:
- A citizen of the
United States for at least 1 month before the next election,
- 18 years old by
the date of the next election, and
- A resident of Pennsylvania
and your election district for at least 30 days.
do I register to vote?
You can use
the forms that are available online in English
Make sure you fill out the form completely; then print, sign, and mail
it to the Delaware County Bureau of Elections at Government Center, Ground
Floor, 201 W. Front Street, Media, PA 19063..
do I need to register?
form will ask you for your driver's license number. If you do not have
a driver's license you can supply the last four digits of your Social
Security number. If you do not have a Social Security number write "none"
in that space.
the information on my form confidential?
information is a matter of public record. Under the National Voter Registration
Act, however, states may not use information on declinations or the site
of individual registration for any purpose other than voter registration.
Also, states that require Social Security numbers are required to protect
the confidentiality of that information.
is the deadline to register for the May 15 Municipal Primary?
to register to vote in Pennsylvania for the 2007 General Election is October
9, 2007. Applications received after this date will be processed for the
do I know if I'm registered?
Within a few
weeks after you send in or hand in your registration application, you
should get a notice in the mail telling you that you are now officially
a registered voter. Hold on to that notice. Often those notices tell you
where you go to vote, and that's something you'll want to know later on.
If you don't receive this notice, check with the County Bureau of Elections
at Government Center, Ground Floor, 201 W. Front Street, Media, PA 19063
or call 610-891-4673 to see if there is a problem with your registration.
If there is a problem with your registration, take corrective action immediately.
can I stay registered?
A voter can
be removed from the registration rolls if they have not voted in two successive
federal elections. If you are unsure of your registration status call
have trouble writing. What should I do?
Under the National Voter Registration Act, state agencies
required to provide voter registration opportunities, i.e., department
of motor vehicles, public assistance agencies and agencies that serve
people with disabilities, must provide assistance in filling out the voter
registration form if asked.
am registered, but I've recently moved. Does this affect my registration?
Yes. If you
are registered and have moved within your current election jurisdiction,
contact the County Bureau of Elections in the Government Center, Ground
Floor, 201 W. Front Street, Media, PA 19063 to update your registration
and determine where you should vote. If you moved outside of your old
election jurisdiction, you will have to reregister in your new jurisdiction
before October 9, 2007.
if I moved but forgot to notify the voter registration office to change
my voter registration?
If you have
moved from the residence where you are registered to vote to another residence
in Pennsylvania less than 30 days before
an election, you may vote only at your former residence.
After the election, but at least 30 days before the next election, you
should change your voter registration by submitting a new voter registration
mail application form.
If you have moved
from the residence where you are registered to vote more than 30 days
before an election but did not change your address
with the voter registration officials, you may vote only
at the polling place that covers your old residence, the one
where you are registered to vote. However, you can vote at your old polling
place only once, and there are special procedures that you must
follow. For more information contact the County Bureau of Elections at
do I do if I have changed my name?
You must reregister
by filling out this form.
I vote using an absentee ballot?
are available to the following persons:
More information on
who is eligible to vote by absentee ballot can be found on the Department
of State's web site.
do I vote by absentee ballot?
You must apply
for an absentee ballot. The absentee ballot application is available from
of State's web site or you may request one from the County Bureau
of Elections at 610-891-4673.
do I send my absentee ballot application?
Completed applications should be mailed to your County
Board of Elections at Government Center, Ground Floor, 201 W. Front Street,
Media, PA 19063.
is the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot?
deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is the Tuesday before the election.
is the deadline to return my voted absentee ballot?
The deadline to return your voted absentee ballot is no
later than 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election.
if an emergency arises after the absentee ballot application deadline?
an emergency arises after the 5PM Friday deadline go to the Bureau of
Elections at County Board of Elections at Government Center, Ground Floor,
201 W. Front Street, Media, PA 19063 or call 610-891-4673 for instructions
on how to cast an emergency absentee ballot.
should I vote if I'm a college student?
Decide whether to use your family home or your campus address
as your voting residence. Then follow the steps above to register. Students
living away from home and registered in their home community will need
to vote by absentee ballot. For more information see the Student's
Guide to Voting (pdf).
am a U.S. citizen living abroad? How do I vote?
You must request
an absentee ballot. Contact a U.S. embassy, consulate, designated military
personnel or your state election authority. For additional information
contact the Federal Voting
friend is a U.S. citizen who doesn't speak English. Where can I get assistance
Check with the
County Bureau of Elections at the Government Center, Ground Floor, 201
W. Front Street, Media, PA 19063 or call 610-891-4673 to see whether your
state provides election materials in a language other than English. The
Voting Rights Act requires local election officials to provide bilingual
voter registration application, ballots and language assistance when a
certain percentage of the population of an election district is comprised
of a language minority group.
do I go to vote?
card should include the address of your polling place. Many jurisdictions
also send additional informative materials to registered voters. If you
do not receive information in the mail, call your County Bureau of Elections
do I become familiar with the voting system used in my county or how do
I write-in a vote?
For more information
about the type of voting machine or system used in your county, and how
to vote correctly including write-in vote information, contact your County
Bureau of Elections at County Board of Elections at 610-891-4673 and/or
visit the Voting
In Your County web site which provides text, pictures and video explaining
the voting procedures in your county.
should I bring with me to the polls?
If you are voting
for the first time in the election district, you must bring a Photo ID
such as a driver's license, student ID or some other form of US or PA
government issued ID or a US or PA government issued non-photo ID such
as a voter identification card, a firearm permit, or a current utility
bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check. Click
here for a complete list of acceptable forms of ID.
are the polls open?
The polls are open at 7:00 a.m. and stay open until 8:00
p.m. on Election day. You can vote as long as you are in line by 8:00
if my name is not on the registration list?
A member of
the Election Board will help you determine if you are in the right polling
place. If so, or if your eligibility to vote is challenged for any reason,
you have the right to cast a provisional ballot. Your ballot will be counted
if the county board of elections determines you are qualified. You will
be given instructions on how to find out if your vote was cast. Click
Here for more information about provisional voting.
my polling place be accessible to persons with a disability?
There is no
guarantee that your polling place will be accessible to all persons with
a disability. All counties are required to provide notices of the locations
of the polling places and list whether the polling places are accessible.
If you have questions regarding your polling place, contact your County
Board of Elections at Government Center, Ground Floor, 201 W. Front Street,
Media, PA 19063 or call 610-891-4673.
I receive assistance in voting?
No person is allowed to receive assistance in voting unless
his/her registration record indicates the need for assistance or the voter
completes and signs a declaration of the need for assistance at the polling
place prior to entering the voting machine booth.
there any specials means of transportation provided for the disabled to
reach the polls?
Not officially, but the political parties often provide
transportation for their voters, if the need is made known.
can I get more information about registration and voting?