Is it too late to vote by mail?

Is it too late to vote by mail? The short answer is yes, but…

If you’ve applied for and received a ballot, it’s unlikely the USPS will be able to deliver on time if you haven’t mailed it yet. Your ballot must be at the Butler County Bureau of Elections by 8 p.m. June 2; postmark date doesn’t count. 

So your best option to avoid the polls is to hand deliver to the Butler County Bureau of Elections. Here’s how to make sure that process goes smoothly. 

Hand deliver your ballot 

First, carefully follow the directions for completing the ballot and sealing it for delivery–the instructions are the same for in-person and mail delivery. It’s all explained in this brief video:

Take your sealed ballot to the Butler County Bureau of Elections during office hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, and 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 2 (Election Day).

The address is Butler County Bureau of Elections, 124 W Diamond Street, Floor LL, Butler, PA 16003. Metered street parking is available, and there’s a parking garage adjacent to the county office building. 

Bring your official PA identification or Driver’s License to confirm your identity. Voters must deliver their own ballots.

When you visit the Election Bureau, a mask and gloves are recommended. We’ve been told the office staff is not wearing any personal protection, so make your visit quick, keep your distance, and wear whatever protection you have available.

If another person has power of attorney for you, they can complete a “Designated Agent” form to Deliver Your Ballot. The Designated Agent must provide their identification when they deliver the ballot.

Call the PA Democrats Voter hotline 1-833-728-6837 or the Butler County Bureau of Elections at 724-284-5308 for details.

Voting at your polling place on Election Day

If you applied for a mail-in ballot but have not received it you can still vote by provisional ballot at your assigned polling place. DO NOT TAKE THE MAIL-IN BALLOT TO THE POLLS; IT WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED IN BUTLER ON ELECTION DAY.

If you mailed your ballot but are not sure it was received by the deadline, check at your polling place. Poll workers should be able to confirm whether your vote was counted. If not, you can ask for a “provisional ballot” and cast your vote. If the mailed ballot is found at the Election Bureau, it will be counted and the provisional ballot discarded. 

Vote-by-mail FAQs

Q: Will a PA mail-in ballot be counted if it is missing the interior secrecy envelope?
A:  Yes, Butler County election officials said they will place those ballots in a plain white envelope and add to the stack to be counted. 

Q: What date should I put on the outside envelope?
A: The date you signed the ballot

Q: I received my ballot too late to mail. What do I do?
A: Go to your precinct and vote provisionally, or hand deliver to the Election Bureau

Q. I received a ballot but I can’t find it. Now what?
A.  Go to the election bureau off and complete a new ballot. The original one will be cancelled in the computer system. 

Q: When will the mailed ballots be counted?
A: Starting when polls open on Election Day

Q. There are so many Auditor General candidates to choose from! How can I decide?
A. Check out the Auditor General candidate bios in the article “Six Auditor General Candidates Want Your Vote in the PA 2020 Election.

Vote By Mail

Register by May 26, 2020