ELECTIONS 2021 – Times News Online
NORCO Drop Boxes: The Northampton County Election Office has installed a secure drop box in each of the county’s four districts. The boxes will be available from April 26 until 8:00 p.m. on May 18, 2021. Access to one of the drop boxes does not require security.
• Government Center Rotunda – 669 Washington Street, Easton, PA 18042 Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
When casting a ballot, voters can park for free in the loading and unloading area on Washington Street across from the courthouse or use the new parking lot at the intersection of Wolf Avenue and Washington Street.
• Personal services pavilion – 2801, boulevard Emrick. Bethlehem, PA 18020 Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
• Northampton County 911 Center – 100 Gracedale Ave. Nazareth, PA 18064 Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Bethlehem City Hall – 10 E. Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
To be counted, a mail-in ballot must be returned to the election office by 8:00 p.m. on May 18. The ballot must be sealed inside a confidentiality envelope and the outer return envelope duly signed and dated.
Voters can only cast their own ballots. The return of ballot papers to third parties is prohibited unless the person returning the ballot assists a disabled voter or an urgently absent voter and has a signed form “Attestation by the designated agent” or “Declaration of need for assistance”. A copy of these forms can be downloaded from VotesPA.com
Counterfeiting, tampering, falsifying or destroying ballot papers is a second degree offense under Articles 1816 and 1817 of the Palestinian Authority Election Code. (25 PS §§ 3516 and 3517)
Voters can track the status of their mail or mail ballots on VotesPA.com.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: The Northampton County Election Office is providing a list of answers to frequently asked questions to Northampton voters for the May 18, 2021 primary election.
What will appear on the ballot?
County-wide offices, municipal candidates, state judges, magistrates, county-wide autonomy charter amendment, and four state voting measures: Equal rights regardless of race or ethnicity, emergency declarations amendment, legislative resolution to extend or end the emergency Declaration modification and eligibility for loans from municipal fire and emergency medical services companies.
Who can vote in primary elections?
Registered Democrats and Republicans can vote for the candidates listed on their party’s ticket. All registered voters can vote on the county-wide Charter of Autonomy Amendment, United States voting measures, or referendum questions.
Can I vote by mail?
Yes. Law 77, adopted in 2019, does not allow any excuse for postal voting. Mail or civil mail ballot requests must be received by May 11 and are available at the Election Office or online at VotesPA.com or NorthamptonVotes.com
How do I know if my application has been accepted or if my ballot has been received?
Citizens who register on VotesPA.com will receive emails regarding their candidacy / voting status. Voters who applied on paper can track the status of their ballot on VotesPA.com once the state makes this tool available.
Why did I receive an email informing me that my postal vote request was refused?
It is likely that a duplicate application was filed or that the application does not contain a signature or verifiable ID. Contact the election office for assistance at 610-829-6260 or email [email protected]
When will the ballots be mailed?
Ballots will begin mailing in April. Voters can check the status of their ballot online at VotesPA.com
I’m afraid to mail my ballot back to the polling station on time.
To be counted, the ballots must be returned to the election office by 8:00 p.m. on May 18. The return envelope must be signed and dated and the ballot must be enclosed in a sealed envelope. We recommend that voters return their ballot as soon as possible or at least receive it in the mail before May 5th.
What type of stamp should I use to return my ballot?
Return envelopes require a first class stamp or postage if returned by mail to the election office.
Do I have to return my ballot by mail?
Ballots can be returned directly to the Election Office at the Government Center at 669 Washington St., Easton, PA 18042 or to one of the secure ballot boxes placed around the county. (The boxes will be installed when the ballots are available.)
Can someone else deliver my ballot to the polling station?
State law states that voters can only cast their own ballot. If you come to the office, you may be asked for your ID. If you cast another person’s ballot because they are physically unable to do so, you will be asked for a signed “Designated Agent Certification” form. A copy of the form can be downloaded from VotesPA.com
Can I vote using the on-demand ballot?
Yes, the on-demand ballot will be available at the Government Center Election Office when the ballots are available until 4:30 p.m. on May 11. You must bring ID with you to the office.
I requested a ballot by mail, but now I want to vote in person at the polls.
Voters who prefer to use the machines can bring their ballot by mail and the return envelope to the polling stations. The Election Judge will cancel the ballot and ask the voter to complete a “Declaration of Abandonment of Ballot” form before allowing them to vote on the ExpressVote XL machine.
Will the polling stations be open on May 18?
Yes. At present, the electoral office plans to equip the 156 constituencies with 315 voting machines.
Have ExpressVote XL machines been tested?
Yes. The machines will be tested before Primary on May 18. The machines performed very well for both elections in 2020.
Have polling locations changed?
Easton 3rd Ward – Third Ward – has moved to Kirby Sports Center, 700 W Pierce St., Easton. Hanover Township District No. 1 was moved to Brith Sholom, 1190 W. Macada Rd.
Do I have to wear a mask at the polls?
What about election officers? All poll workers are required to wear masks. We urge voters to wear masks out of respect for those who volunteer in our elections.
Who should voters call if they have problems or questions before or on polling day?
Northampton County Elections Office: 610-829-6260 or email [email protected]
Our democracy grows stronger as we all participate. If you, or someone you know, has an interest in taking a more active role, please consider becoming an election worker. Poll workers are paid for their training time and work on polling day. https://www.northamptoncounty.org/CTYADMN/ELECTNS/Pages/PollWorkers.aspx.