2020 General Election

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Deadlines for the 2020 General Election

*Note: The U.S. Postal service is recommending you mail your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day.

Monday, October 19th - Last day to register to vote.
Tuesday, October 27th - Applications for a mail-in ballot or absentee ballot must be received in the Bureau of Elections office by 5 pm.
Monday, November 2nd - Last day to submit for delivery military and oversees absentee ballots.
Tuesday, November 3rd - Last day to deposit Mail-in ballots and Absentee ballots in the mail.
Tuesday, November 3rd - Polls open from 7:00am until 8:00pm
Friday, November 6th- Mail-in ballots must be received in the Bureau of Elections office by 5:00 pm.
Tuesday, November 10th - Military and oversees absentee ballots must be received in the Bureau of Elections office by 5:00 pm.


*Important: If you cast your vote by mail-in ballot, you cannot show up at a polling place to cast your vote. Polling places cannot receive completed mail-in ballot forms.  TO VOTE YOU MUST COMPLETELY BLACKEN THE OVAL TO THE RIGHT OF YOUR CHOICE. An oval darkened to the right of any candidate indicates a vote for that candidate.

If you received a mail-in ballot but you wish to vote in person on November 3rd, then you must bring with you the mail-in ballot and the envelopes it came with to your polling place on Election Day to cast a ballot in person.  If you do not have your mail-in ballot and envelopes with you, you will be able to cast a provisional ballot at your polling place.  Provisional ballots will be counted once it is determined your mail-in ballot was not cast--only one ballot will count per person.

When returning your completed ballot, be sure to place it in the Privacy envelope and seal it. Make no marks on the Privacy envelope. Then place the Privacy envelope into the larger return envelope, seal it and sign it.  If the outer envelope is not signed or the ballot is not sealed in the inner privacy envelope, your ballot will not be counted.

Visit www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/ballottracking.aspx to confirm your mail-in ballot was received by the Bureau of Elections.


Links to Other Election Related Government Websites


Please send completed mail-in applications and ballots to:

Luzerne County Bureau of Elections
20 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Suite 207
Wilkes-Barre, PA  18701

When mailing completed ballots, please use the envelope that came with the ballot and remember to sign the envelope where indicated. Only one ballot per signed envelope.


Frequently Asked Questions 

How do I ensure that I am registered to vote in the 2020 General Election?
Check your registration status at www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx or call the Luzerne County Bureau of Elections at 570-825-1715.

How do I confirm that my mail-in ballot application was received?
Visit www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/ballottracking.aspx to see if your application was received and processed.  If it is not showing received after a reasonable amount of time for delivery and processing, apply online at www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/OnlineAbsenteeApplication  before October 27th or call the Luzerne County Bureau of Elections at 570-825-1715.

How do I confirm that my mail-in ballot was received and will be counted?
Visit www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/ballottracking.aspx to confirm that your mail-in ballot was received.  If it is not showing received by November 3rd, you may go to your polling place and cast a provisional ballot.  If your mail-in ballot is received by 8pm on Election day, that ballot will count--if not, your provisional ballot will count.

Can I still vote in person if I applied for a mail-in ballot?
If you requested a mail-in ballot, you MUST bring that ballot with you to the polling place in order to vote in person.  If you returned the mail-in ballot, you have already voted--you will not be permitted to vote again in person.  Once your mail-in ballot is received in the Election office, you will not be able to cancel it, nor will you be allowed vote in person.

What is all the fuss over "naked" ballots, and what are they anyway?
If you vote by mail, you will receive 2 envelopes with your ballot.  An outer envelope which you must sign (like signing the poll book if you voted at a polling place), and an inner privacy envelope that holds your ballot.  It is important that you place your completed ballot in the inner privacy envelope and seal it.  Do not write or stamp any marks on the privacy envelope.  Ballots not placed in the privacy envelope are called "naked" ballots, and cannot be counted by law.

Polling places were consolidated for the 2020 Primary Election.  Will they be consolidated again?
Luzerne County expects to return to all the regular polling places.  However, we recommend you check back here in late October to confirm your polling place as changes may be required due to the ongoing pandemic.

If I vote in person, will I be filling out a paper ballot or using a machine to vote?
Luzerne County expects to use our new Ballot Marking Devices (machines) for the 2020 General Election. The machine will print out a paper ballot that you can verify prior to placing into the Ballot Scanner.

What precautions are being taken to protect me from COVID-19 at my polling place?
All CDC guidelines are being followed.  We recommend voting by mail as a way to avoid crowds, especially if you are in a high-risk group for contracting the virus.

How do I find my polling place?
Visit our Polling Place information page. This page will have the most up to date information on any changes to polling locations.

Do I need to pay for postage for my mail-in ballot?
All "no excuses" mail-in ballots will include postage prepaid envelopes. However, if you submit a ballot request by mail, you will need postage for it. To request a "no excuses" mail in ballot free of charge, visit www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/OnlineAbsenteeApplication..

When will I receive my mail-in ballot?
Mail-in ballots are expected to go out starting the first week of October. Due to the volume of mail-in ballot requests received, it will take several days to process them into the mail. Visit www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/ballottracking.aspx to see when your ballot was mailed to you.