Election 2021: where you’ll find ballot boxes in the Lehigh Valley

Voters in Lehigh Valley receiving mail-in ballots for the 2021 election will once again have the option of depositing them in drop boxes until election day.

Northampton County first voters will have four drop boxes available from October 4. They will be at the Northampton County Government Center Rotunda, County Social Services Building, County 911 Center and Bethlehem Town Hall. (Address and hours below.)

County Lehigh announced Tuesday that five drop boxes will be available from October 18 at municipal buildings in the Township of North Whitehall, Fountain Hill, Emmaus and the Lehigh County Government Center and Authority of County of Lehigh.

The boxes will be available until 8 p.m. on polling day, November 2.

October 18 is the last day to register to vote in Pennsylvania, and October 26 is the last day to apply for a mail-in ballot.

(Can’t see the ballot box map? Click here.)

In the 2020 presidential election, postal ballots were used by around 43% of voters in Northampton County and 41% in County Lehigh.

Advance ballots can also be returned by mail or delivered directly to county polling stations. Northampton County offers on-demand voting services – where eligible voters can register, fill out a paper ballot and return it in one visit – until October 26. County Lehigh will begin box office voting on October 18.

To prevent a mail-in ballot from being rejected, voters should put the ballot in the sealed private envelope, sign and date the return envelope, and make sure there are no marks. or identifying symbols on the private envelope.

Voters can only cast their own ballots. Pennsylvania law prohibits anyone from returning a ballot for another person, unless the person returning the ballot is assisting a disabled voter or an emergency absent voter and has a “Certification of. designated agent ”signed, available on the Pennsylvania State Department elections website.

Forgery, tampering or destruction of ballot papers is considered a second degree offense.

A Northampton County ballot box in the county courthouse rotunda.Sara K. Satullo | For lehighvalleylive.com

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY (Starting October 4)

• Rotunda of the center of government, 669 Washington Street, Easton. Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Voters can park for free in the loading and unloading area in front of the courthouse or use the new parking lot at Wolf Avenue and Washington Street.)

• Human services building, 2801 Emrick Boulevard, Bethlehem Township. Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• Northampton County 911 Center, 100 Gracedale Ave. in Upper Nazareth Township. Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

• Bethlehem City Hall, 10 E. Church St. in Bethlehem. Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

COUNTY OF LEHIGH (from October 18)

North Whitehall Township Building, 3256 route de Levans. Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lehigh County Hall of Authority, 1053 Spruce Road, Allentown. Hours: Monday to Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Fountain Hill Borough Building, 941, rue Longue Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lehigh County Government Center, 17 S. Seventh Street, Allentown. Hours: 24/7 at the main entrance.

Emmaus district office, 28 S. Fourth Street. Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Voters can track the status of their mail or mail ballots at vote.pa.gov.

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