Here’s what you need to know about mail-in ballots for the November 2 election according to Delco’s Bureau of Elections.


With one month to go before the 2021 Municipal Election, Delaware County Elections is now set to mail more than 30,000 requested vote-by-mail ballots to voters. Delivery of vote-by-mail ballots is expected by no later than October 15. Our Ballot Drop Boxes will be operational and accepting vote-by-mail ballots shortly after ballots are mailed out to voters.

Vote-by-Mail ballots are sent only to those voters who completed an application to vote-by-mail during the 2021 calendar year. Voters who voted in the 2020 General Election will not automatically receive a vote-by-mail ballot for this election. Voters who have not yet applied and who want to vote by mail must apply (online, by mail, or in-person) so that the application is received by 5 p.m. on October 26.

Once a vote-by-mail ballot has been received, voters may return their completed vote-by-mail ballot envelope at any of 40-plus secured Delaware County ballot drop boxes, in-person at the Voter Service Center, or through the mail. Mailed ballots are postage paid for those returning the envelope through the USPS.

As a reminder, the return of a ballot by anyone other than the voter is prohibited unless the person returning the ballot is rendering assistance to a disabled voter or an emergency absentee voter and completes the necessary affidavit.