What to Expect on Election Day

This information is provided courtesy of the Butler County Bureau of Elections. The office has extended hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, October 31st and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, November 2nd. For more information visit the bureau at 124 W Diamond Street, Butler, PA 16003. Call 724-284-5308 or 724-284-5308; FAX 724-284-5311.

Voting at the polls

  • All 89 precincts will be open from 7 am to 8 pm on Election Day
  • Some precincts have new locations. For a list of precinct locations, click here .

Safety

  • Wear a mask to enter the polls. If you do not have a mask with you one will be provided
  • Hand sanitizer will be available.
  • Voter clerks will be positioned behind Plexiglas table shields.
  • You will receive your own pen to be discarded or to take with you after you vote.
  • All voting stations will be cleaned regularly.

Conduct

  • The Board of Elections expects all voters to conduct themselves appropriately and with respect for one another.
  • NO INTIMIDATION OR UNBECOMING CONDUCT WILL BE TOLERATED.
  • Please note that the Board of Elections and the District Attorney will address any threats or intimidation reported and actors may face prosecution.

Poll watchers

  • You may notice an unusual number of poll watchers in the poll this election who will carry a certificate with a raised seal provided by the Bureau of Elections. These individuals are there on behalf of parties and/or candidates.
  • In some cases, they may challenge eligibility; but may not come within 6 feet of your voting station and may not influence your vote in any way.
  • Only the local party chairperson and the candidates may submit requests for poll watcher certificates.

Canvassing and counting schedule

  • Votes cast at the polls will be reported as they come in on election night, usually between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
  • Mail-in and absentee ballots will be counted beginning at 7 a.m. on Election Day and will continue until 11 p.m. If they are not all counted by 11 p.m., counting will resume no later than 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday November 4th and continue until all mail ballots are counted, then posted toward the total.
  • THE MAIL-IN BALLOT VOTE COUNTS WILL NOT BE POSTED UNTIL ALL THE MAIL-IN AND ABSENTEE COUNT IS COMPLETED.
  • Provisional and military ballots will be counted on or before Thursday and Friday, November 5th and 6th as will any ballots that arrive that are postmarked by 8 p.m. on election day, but arrive by 5 p.m. on Friday, November 6th.
  • The Computation Board will convene on Friday, November 6th, 2020 to review the provisional ballots, count write-ins and certify the vote counts.

What to do in an emergency

  • If there is a health emergency or some threat of imminent harm in or outside a polling place, call 9-1-1 immediately. If necessary exit the building or leave the area if possible.w