Delco officials install 32 ballot drop boxes around the county

By KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Delaware County voters will soon have more options for where to drop off their mail-in ballots. Election officials say 32 ballot boxes will be installed across the county by Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Voters can turn in their ballots at any of the boxes, in addition to the boxes located at voter service centers in Media, Upper Darby and Chester.

“The convenient drop boxes allow residents to vote without the need for in-person interaction or a reliance on mail carriers during COVID-19 pandemic. Voters can cast their vote with confidence while practicing social distancing outdoors,” officials said in a statement.

Election officials say the boxes will be open by 10 a.m. on Oct. 20. Most of them can be used 24 hours a day, each day of the week up until Nov. 3.

They’re advising people to follow all of the vote by mail instructions carefully.

“All voted ballots must be enclosed in the secrecy envelope provided, sealed, and placed in the larger return envelope. The return envelope must be signed. If the ballot is not placed in the secrecy envelope or sealed properly, or the return envelope is not signed and sealed, the vote will not be counted,” officials said.

They’re also advising voters to make sure they’re dropping off at an official ballot drop box, not the U.S. postal service box.

Each official dropbox has “Delaware County Board of Elections” on it in large, bold, red letters and the official Delaware County seal.

The Delaware County Bureau of Elections has finalized the list of 32 ballot drop box locations. By 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct 20, each of the 32 ballot boxes will be open and accepting ballots from Delaware County residents.

Officials say the boxes are secure and under 24/7 video surveillance. The full list of locations is on the county’s election website.