Still Holding That Mail-In Ballot? It’s Too Late to Mail It. Here’s What to Do.

May 13 2022, 7:30pm

If you are one of the nearly 9,500 who requested a mail-in ballot for this Tuesday’s primary election in Monroe County, and you have not sent it in – do not mail it, it is probably too late.

To be counted, mail-in and absentee ballots must be actually received by the election board by 8 pm on election day – POSTMARKS DO NOT COUNT. It’s not likely to make it there in time if you drop it in the mail today.

Vote-by-Mail and Absentee Ballots can be dropped off at the Monroe County Elections and Voter Registration Office in the Monroe County Administrative Building, One Quaker Plaza, Room 105, Stroudsburg, PA 18360, between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, weekdays.

The ballots can also be deposited at several places around the county during the normal hours of operation of the locations. The remote ballot boxes are located at:

Pocono Mountain Public Library, 5500 Municipal Drive, Tobyhanna;
Clymer Library, 115 Firehouse Lane, Pocono Pines;
Western Pocono Public Library, 131 Pilgrim Way, Broadheadsville;
Eastern Monroe Public Library, 1002 N 9th Street, Stroudsburg; and,

Smithfield Township Municipal Bldg, 1155 Red Fox Road, East Stroudsburg.

Before casting your mail ballot,  you should:

  • Read the instructions carefully.
  • Fill out the ballot, being sure to follow instructions on how to mark selections.
  • Seal the ballot in the white inner secrecy envelope that indicates “official ballot.” DO NOT MAKE ANY MARKS on the envelope, or your ballot will not be counted.
  • Put the white secrecy envelope into the pre-addressed outer return envelope. 
  • Sign and date the voter’s declaration on the outside of the outer return envelope.

For the ballot to be counted, it must be enclosed in both envelopes and the voter must sign and date the outer envelope.

Under Pennsylvania law, voters may return only their own ballots. The only exceptions to this are for voters with a disability who have designated someone in writing to deliver their ballot, or voters who need an emergency absentee ballot. Voters with a disability have several options for how to cast their ballots this election.

Voters who applied for and received a mail ballot and then decide they want to vote at the polls must bring their entire mail ballot packet with them to be voided, including both envelopes. They may then vote on their county’s voting system.
 
If a voter applies for a mail ballot but does not return it and no longer has the mail ballot and envelopes, they may vote by provisional ballot at the polls on election day. The county board of elections will then verify that they did not vote by mail before counting their provisional ballot.
 
Additionally, if a voter’s absentee or mail‐in ballot is rejected for a reason other than their qualification or eligibility to vote, such as a missing signature or naked ballot, they may vote by provisional ballot. 
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