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Elections Frequently Asked Questions

York County wants to answer some frequently asked questions about voting in the upcoming General Election on Nov. 3.

AM I REGISTERED TO VOTE?

You can look this up online! Click here to verify your voter registration.

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HOW DO I REGISTER TO VOTE?

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 3 election is Oct. 19. You can register online at this link.

WHAT IF I NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE TO MY REGISTRATION?

You can change your registration at this link.

HOW DO I SIGN UP TO VOTE BY MAIL OR ABSENTEE AND WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO?

Absentee ballots are for people who are unable to get to their polling places. Mail-in ballots are for people who do not want to go to their polling places. More information on the two methods and how to sign up for them can be found here.

DID I SIGN UP TO RECEIVE A MAIL-IN BALLOT IN NOVEMBER?

If you're not sure if you checked the "permanent" box on your mail-in application, click on this link and enter your information. As of now, your status will be listed as "pending." Closer to the election, you will see when your ballot is mailed and when your vote has been received by our office.

CAN I WITHDRAW MY REQUEST FOR A MAIL-IN BALLOT AND VOTE IN PERSON IN NOVEMBER?

If you received a ballot in the mail in the primary, checked the box to permanently vote by mail and DO NOT WISH to receive a ballot through the mail in the fall, please click on this link to stop receiving them. By state law, we cannot make changes from an email request.

WHERE CAN I RETURN MY VOTER REGISTRATION OR MAIL-IN BALLOT APPLICATION IN PERSON?

Our Elections office is open to the public. You can come in and drop off all documents to change or modify your registered elector information or to drop off your voter registration or mail-in ballot applications in the Elections office, located on the lower level of the York County Administrative Center at 28 E. Market St., York, PA 17403. Voters have until 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 to submit their mail-in ballot to the Elections office.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO RETURN MY MAIL-IN OR ABSENTEE BALLOT?

Voters have until 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 to submit their mail-in or absentee ballot to the Elections office.

WHEN CAN I EXPECT MY MAIL-IN BALLOT?

Final election ballots must be certified by the State. After they are certified and then printed, we will be able to begin mailing them out. We anticipate we will be able to mial out hte approved ballots in late September.

WILL THERE BE A SECURE DROPBOX FOR MY MAIL-IN BALLOT?

The only dropbox currently available is in the lobby of the Elections office on the lower level of the York County Administrative Center at 28 E. Market St., York, PA 17403. The Elections office is open to the public. You can drop off your completed applications, registrations or changes to your registration at that location. It is anticipated that mail-in ballots will also be permitted to be dropped in the secure box in the Elections Office lobby until 8 p.m. on Election Day. As the State continues to provide guidance on the use of dropboxes, we will update our website so please continue to check back for updates on other secure ballot dropbox locations as we get closer to the General Election.

CAN I RETURN MY SPOUSE'S OR ADULT CHILD’S MAIL-IN BALLOT TO THE ELECTION OFFICE?

A registered elector may only return their own ballot to the Elections Office unless they are returning a ballot for a disabled individual, which will require a certification to permit a third party to submit a disabled individual's ballot.

IF I REQUESTED A MAIL-IN OR ABSENTEE BALLOT AND DO NOT RETURN IT TO THE ELECTIONS OFFICE BY 8 P.M. ON NOV. 3, CAN I STILL VOTE AT MY POLL?

If you applied for a mail-in ballot and a mail-in ballot was placed in the mail to you, you will be noted in the poll books at your precinct as having received a mail-in ballot. You will be permitted to vote by provisional ballot and will be requested to sign an affirmation that you did not return your mail-in ballot to the Elections Office.

IF I APPLIED FOR A MAIL-IN BALLOT AND REGISTERED TO VOTE AT THE SAME TIME WILL MY MAIL-IN REQUEST BE REJECTED IF THE REGISTRATION IS NOT FINALIZED FIRST?

No, if you applied for a mail-in ballot at the same time that you registered to vote, your mail in application will be held until the registration has been completed and verified.

IF I SUBMITTED A PAPER APPLICATION FOR A MAIL-IN BALLOT AND HAVE NOT RECEIVED IT, SHOULD I REAPPLY ONLINE FOR THE MAIL-IN BALLOT?

No. If you have submitted a paper application for a mail-in ballot, please check online to verify your application approval at votespa.com, or call the Elections Office if you applied before Sept. 1, 2020. Do not apply more than one time for a mail-in ballot or for a change in address or voter registration as such duplicate applications will only further delay the verification and approval process.

I RECEIVED NOTICE THAT MY MAIL-IN BALLOT APPLICATION WAS REJECTED. WHAT DO I DO?

If you receive notification that your mail-in ballot application was rejected, contact the Elections Office at 717-771-9604. Be prepared to address the reasons for rejection of the application. Common reasons for rejection:

  • Failure to include apartment number or specific address identification
  • Incorrect birthdate
  • Incorrect Driver License Number
  • Incorrect address and no updated address form is on file
  • Incomplete application

DO I HAVE TO CHANGE MY POLITICAL PARTY TO VOTE FOR A CERTAIN CANDIDATE IN THE GENERAL ELECTION?

No. There are no separate ballots by political party for the General Election.

 

 

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