Northampton County – Update on mail-in ballots

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October 27th was the last day an application for a mail-in ballot could be filed for the General Election. The Northampton County Elections Office has approved 84,913 applications and all ballots have been mailed as of today, October 28th.


Voters who applied for a ballot, but do not receive it by November 3rd should either call the Elections Office for guidance at 610-829-6260 or cast a provisional ballot at the polls.


The Elections Office reminds voters to carefully follow the instructions included with their ballot. Only use blue or black ink and the voter must sign and date the back of the return envelope before sending it in. “Naked” ballots—those which have not been enclosed in the inner secrecy envelope—will not be counted. Mail-in ballots may also be declared void if the ballot or secrecy envelope includes any text, marks or symbols “which reveals the identity of the elector, the elector’s political affiliation or the elector’s candidate preference.”


We recommend that any voter who has completed their mail-in ballot return it to the Elections Office as soon as possible. Ballots returned via the U.S. mail must be received by the Elections Office by 5:00PM on Friday, November 6, 2020 to be counted. Ballots may also be dropped off at one of the County’s four official ballot drop-off boxes until November 3rd. Voters may only drop off their own ballots. Third party return of ballots is prohibited unless the person returning the ballot is rendering assistance to a disabled voter or emergency absentee voter.


·        Rotunda of the Government Center – 669 Washington Street, Easton, PA 18042
o  Monday – Friday from 8:30AM – 8:00PM and Saturday from 8:00AM – 12:00PM
·        Human Services Building – 2801 Emrick Blvd. Bethlehem, PA 18020
o  Monday – Friday from 8:30AM – 7:00PM
·        Northampton County 911 Center – 100 Gracedale Ave. Nazareth, PA 18064
o  Monday – Friday from 8:30AM – 4:30PM
·        Bethlehem City Hall – 10 E. Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
o  Monday – Friday from 8:00AM – 4:00PM


Voters who have applied for a mail-in ballot but have decided they would prefer to vote at the polls must bring both their ballot and the return envelope with them. The Judge of Elections will spoil the ballot and allow them to cast their vote on the machine.


Voters who applied for a mail-in ballot but do not have their ballot and the return envelope will only be allowed to cast a provisional ballot at the polls.


Information provided to TVL by:
Becky Bartlett
Deputy Director of Administration
Northampton County Government Center
669 Washington Street
Easton, PA 18042