Northampton County – Tips for voting on Election Day

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On May 18, 2021, the County of Northampton’s 156 precincts will be fully staffed for voters who want to cast their ballot on one of the 315 ES&S ExpressVote XL machines. Voters should wear comfortable shoes and bring a chair if standing for long periods is difficult.


All poll workers will wear PPE and each precinct will be supplied with hand sanitizer and tape to mark off spaces for social distancing. The County of Northampton requests that everyone wear a face mask while at the polls.


What to expect at the polls:


Polls will be open from 7:00AM – 8:00PM. Voters will check in at the registration table on an E-poll book by giving their name. The E-poll book will indicate if the voter is eligible to vote and if they are at the correct polling place. If so, they will sign in on the computer screen.


Voters who applied for a mail-in ballot and have turned it in are not eligible to vote at the polls.


Voters who applied for a mail-in ballot, but have decided they’d rather cast their vote on the machine must give the ballot and the return envelope to the Judge of Elections. After spoiling the ballot, the Judge will have the voter sign a form. Only then will they be issued a machine ballot for the ExpressVote XL.


Voters who applied for a mail-in ballot, but did not turn it in and do not have their ballot or the return envelope with them will be given a provisional ballot. The Elections Board will verify that the voter did not vote by mail before the provisional ballot can be counted.


An instructional video for voting on the ES&S ExpressVote XL is available online:


Casting a mail-in ballot on Election Day


The Northampton County Elections Office reminds citizens voting by mail that mail-in ballots must be returned to the Elections Office by 8:00PM on May 18th. Postmarks will not be considered. Ballots may also be dropped off at one of the County’s four official ballot drop-off boxes. The deadline to use a secure drop-off box on Primary Election Day depends on the location.


·        Bethlehem City Hall Rotunda– 10 E. Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018- City Hall is closed on Election Day but the ballot drop-off box will be available in the Rotunda from 7:00AM –  8:00PM


·        Northampton County 911 Center – 100 Gracedale Ave. Nazareth, PA 18064 – open from 8:30AM – 4:30PM


·        Human Services Building – 2801 Emrick Blvd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 – open from 8:30AM – 7:00 PM


·        Rotunda of the Government Center – 669 Washington Street, Easton, PA 18042 – open from 8:30AM –  8:00PM

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