Reading, PA — The Berks County Office of Election Services will be open Saturday morning to create another opportunity for voters who have not yet received their mail-in ballot to request a replacement ballot. The County became aware of concerns related to the timely delivery of some mail-in ballots earlier this week and has been working with the postal service to locate any outstanding ballots within the postal system and expedite their delivery. Those efforts have already resulted in locating ballots with several expected to hit mailboxes today.
Voters who have not yet received their mail-in ballot are able to come to the Office of Election Services to cancel the first ballot and request a replacement ballot, which is handed to them on the spot. To assist these voters, the Office of Election Services has added office hours for this Saturday, May 14, from 8 a.m. to noon. Voters may park free of charge along the left side of the Court Street bridge and enter the Berks County Services Center through the Reed Street entrance on Saturday. The Office of Election Services is also open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, May 16 and from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, May 17. All completed mail-in ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Voters may also choose to go to their polling location on Election Day and vote by provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are subject to a review process to determine that the voter did not vote by another means and are otherwise eligible to vote. If accepted, the vote counts just like any other vote.
With only a few days until Election Day, voters who have received their mail-in ballot and complete it are encouraged to return the ballot in-person to either the Office of Election Services or one of the County’s designated drop boxes. The drop boxes are located at the Berks County Services Center and the Berks County Agricultural Center and will be open today until 5 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is a construction project that is creating a detour to get to the Agricultural Center. More information about the detour can be found here.