ChesCo approves polling locations

The Chester County Board of Elections has approved the polling place locations for the Nov. 3 General Election. There will be 192 polling locations opened throughout the county that will house all 230 precincts.

Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, a small number of polling places will not be open for the 2020 General Election. Voters who are affected by a change of polling places will be notified by postcard. On the day of the election, signage will also appear at polling places that are not open, notifying voters where to go to cast their votes.

Commissioners’ Chair Marian Moskowitz said, “Even with the uncertainties of COVID-19, the majority of our polling places – around 90 percent – are opening their doors to in-person voting for the Nov. 3 election, and for that, we are very grateful.”

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and all voters in line at 8 p.m. will be able to cast their ballot.

Voters can find their polling places for the November 2020 General Election by going to the Polling Places icon at chesco.org/elections.

“Chester County’s investment in this General Election means that those who vote at a polling place on Election Day can cast their ballot knowing that we have the maximum level of personal protection equipment and prevention measures in place to keep them, and all of our poll workers, safe from COVID-19,” said Commissioner Josh Maxwell.

The COVID-19 preventative measures in place at all polling locations include:

  • Signs posted at all polling locations encouraging voters to wear masks and to practice safe social distancing.
  • All polling places supplied with masks for poll workers, as well as Plexiglas shields, cleaning supplies, and hand sanitizer. Special cleaning materials provided for cleaning the ballot scanners.
  • Extra poll workers staffed at the polling locations to assist voters in line to maintain social distancing.
  • Every voter provided with a sanitized pen to sign the poll book, and voting booths disinfected after every voter.

In addition to all of these measures, Chester County’s judges of elections, inspectors, and poll workers are also trained on CDC guidelines and Voter Services guidelines to ensure the safety and health of all voters.

“Even during a pandemic, Chester County residents step up to provide poll worker support,” said Commissioner Michelle Kichline. “Our request for support a few months ago resulted in enough offers to work all of the polling locations we are opening, with others in reserve. We thank everyone who is spending a long day at the polls, doing their civic duty, so that our polling places remain open, staffed, and safe.”

Voters who have requested a mail-in ballot, but decide to vote in-person instead, must bring their entire mail-in ballot package – ballot and accompanying envelopes – to their polling place, where the Judge of Elections will spoil the mail-in ballot, allowing them to vote in-person. If voters do not bring the mail-in ballot and envelopes with them, they will be given a provisional ballot to complete at their polling location.

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