Berks Begins Shipping Mail-in Ballots, Adds Extra Drop off Location

The Berks County Office of Election Services announced Tuesday that the first batch of mail-in ballots for the November 3 General Election have been printed and will be distributed throughout this week.

Karen Barsoum, Assistant Director of Elections Services, said the first 3,000 mail-in ballots went out Friday, October 2, and about 10,000 are expected to be sent each day this week.

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Barsoum said the office has currently received applications for roughly 67,000 absentee and mail-in ballots combined.

A drop box for completed mail-in ballots is now available at the Berks County Services Center in the lobby of the main entrance off of Reed Street.

A second drop box will be made available at the County of Berks Agricultural Center at 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, starting Monday, October 26.

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The drop boxes can be accessed between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, and will be secured by deputies from the Berks County Sheriff’s Department.

The drop boxes will remain accessible until 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Drop boxes will be emptied each day by members of the Office of Election Services.

A voter must return his or her own completed absentee or mail-in ballot to the county board of elections or to a county-designated drop-box locations.

Third-person delivery of absentee or mail-in ballots is not permitted.

The Office of Election Services is also accepting appointments for early in-person voting at the County of Berks Elections Office.

Anyone who has not already applied for a mail-in or absentee ballot may sign up for early in-person voting.

For more information or to sign up, please follow the instructions and link at www.countyofberks.com/Elections.

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania has also released this video tutorial that walks through the process for properly completing and returning mail-in ballots.

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