Reading, PA — The Berks County Office of Election Services will be opening the second drop box for completed mail-in ballots on Monday, Oct. 19, a week earlier than initially planned. Hours for both drop box locations has also been expanded to include some evenings and a weekend.
The drop box at the Berks County Services Center, located in the lobby of the main entrance along Reed Street, opened on Monday, Oct. 5. Starting Monday, Oct. 19, a second drop box at the County of Berks Agricultural Center at 1238 County Welfare Road, Leesport, will also open. The drop boxes will be open the following days and hours:
• Monday, Oct. 19 – Wednesday Oct. 21: 8 AM – 5 PM
• Thursday, Oct. 22 – Friday, Oct. 23: 8 AM – 7 PM
• Saturday, Oct. 24: 8 AM – 12 PM
• Sunday, Oct. 25: CLOSED
• Monday, Oct. 26 – Wednesday Oct. 28: 8 AM – 5 PM
• Thursday, Oct. 29 – Friday, Oct. 30: 8 AM – 7 PM
• Saturday, Oct. 31 – Sunday, Nov. 1: CLOSED
• Monday, Nov. 2: 8 AM – 5 PM
• ELECTION DAY – Tuesday, Nov. 3: 8 AM – 8 PM
Drop boxes will be emptied at least once each day by members of the Office of Election Services. The drop boxes will be secured by deputies from the Berks County Sheriff’s Department throughout the day. 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 unless accompanied by the required and lawfully executed affidavit. Affidavits are available on the Elections Page of the Berks County website or from the Election Services Office.
The Office of Election Services is also accepting appointments for early in-person voting at the County of Berks Elections Office until Oct. 27. 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.