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Here Are Quick Fixes Bucks County Offers For Most Potential Vote By Mail Problems

Pennsylvania’s vote by mail program has simplified voting, but it’s not without pitfalls. Here’s a list of the most frequent ballot issues and what you can do to remedy a problem.
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Not registered to vote? Wondering where your ballot is? Did you make a mistake while completing your ballot or receive a postcard from the Bucks County Board of Elections (BOE) advising you of a problem with your ballot?

There are remedies for these and other problems if you are registered to vote in Bucks County.

I Want To Vote By Mail But I’m Not Registered

The last day to register is October 23:

Online: PA Voter Services
In Person: Bucks County Voter Registration Office, 55 Court Street, Doylestown

How Do I Get A Vote By Mail Ballot?

The last day to request a vote by mail ballot is October 31:

Online: PA Voter Services
In Person: Bucks County BOE from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 55 Court Street, Doylestown or satellite offices in Quakertown, 261 California Road, and Levittown, 7321 New Falls Road from 8 a.m., to 4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.

Where Is My Ballot?

If your ballot hasn’t arrived, or you completed and returned your ballot but wonder if it was received, you may check your ballot’s current status:

Use Pennsylvania’s Vote Tracker

Top Reasons Ballots Are Rejected

Ballot was not signed
Envelope was not dated
Failure to use the secrecy envelope
Damage to the ballot or secrecy/mailing envelopes

Where to Get Help

Contact the Bucks County BOE if:

Your ballot was mailed but you didn’t receive it
You lost your ballot
Your ballot was damaged
You knowingly made a mistake
You planned to vote in person on election day but can’t
You received a Bucks County BOE postcard about a ballot error

Vote On Demand At BOE Locations

Voting on demand is NOT voting early.
You may vote on demand at the BOE if:

Your ballot was mailed but you didn’t receive it
You lost your ballot
Your ballot was damaged
You knowingly made a mistake
You planned to vote in person on election day but can’t
You received a Bucks County BOE postcard about a ballot error

Do I Have To Mail My Ballot?

If you choose not to mail your ballot for any reason or think it may not be delivered on time:

Use a secure drop box (see locations below)
Deliver your ballot to a BOE office
Take your ballot to your voting poll on election day

I’m Disabled – Can My Neighbor Mail My Ballot?
Yes, but you must authorize it AND that designee may only handle ONE ballot other than their own.

Complete the Authorization Form

What Not To Do

If you made a mistake or your ballot or envelopes are damaged, do not destroy them. Bring all ballot documents with you to the BOE or your polling location.

Bucks County Board of Elections Contact Information

Email: elections@buckscounty.org
Primary Address: 55 East Court Street, Doylestown
215-348-6154

Satellite Addresses:
261 California Road, Quakertown
7321 New Falls Road, Levittown

According to James T. O’Malley, Deputy Director of Communications for the Bucks County Board of Elections, voters are notified by postcard if a ballot is defective and given an opportunity to correct – or cure – the problem.

Ballots having errors that are not corrected by the voter before election day, or prior to the polls closing on election day, will be “spoiled” and not counted.

Detailed information about how to complete a vote by mail ballot, the location and availability of 14 drop boxes (three open as early as October 16) and more is available on the Bucks County Democratic Committee website. 

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Jenny Stephens

Jenny Stephens is a freelance journalist who has written for a variety of publications, including The Reporter. An avid collector of all things vintage, she resides in the Philadelphia area.