Tips for voting on Election Day, May 17 – Northampton County | The Valley Register

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Vote at the polls

On May 17, 2022, all 154 constituencies in Northampton County will be fully staffed for voters who prefer to vote on the ES&S ExpressVote XL machine. It is recommended that voters wear comfortable shoes and bring a chair if standing is difficult. Face masks are recommended, but not required.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Voters will register at the registration table on an electronic register by giving their name. The electronic voting record will indicate if the voter is eligible to vote and if they are at the correct polling station. If so, they will connect to the touchpad.

In this primary election, registered Democrats and Republicans can vote for candidates who run on their party’s ticket. All registered voters in the Township of East Allen can vote on the referendum question.

Voters who have requested and returned an absentee ballot are not permitted to vote at the polls.

Voters who have requested an absentee ballot but have decided they would prefer to vote on the machine must deliver the ballot and return envelope to the Elections Judge. After spoiling the ballot, the judge will have the voter sign a form. Only then will they be allowed to vote on the ExpressVote XL.

Voters who have requested an absentee ballot, but do not have their ballot or the return envelope with them, will receive a provisional ballot. The Electoral Commission will verify that the voter has not voted by mail before the provisional ballot can be counted.

An instructional video for voting on the ES&S ExpressVote XL is available online at NorthamptonVotes.com

Vote by mail

The Elections Office reminds voters to carefully follow the instructions included with their ballot. “Naked” ballots, that is to say those which have not been enclosed in the inner secret envelope, will not be counted. The elector must use black or blue ink and must sign and date the back of the return envelope. Mail-in ballots will be declared void if there are identifying marks on the ballot or secret envelope.

If submitted by mail, the ballot must be received by 8:00 p.m. on May 17. Postmarks will not be taken into account. All reply envelopes are stamped, voters do not need to affix a stamp.

On Election Day, mail-in ballots can be returned directly to the Elections Office located on the lower level of the Government Center at 669 Washington Street, Easton by 8:00 p.m., or to one of the county’s four secure ballot boxes. Drop boxes have different closing times on election day. PA state law dictates that voters should cast only their own ballot. If you come to the election office, you may be asked for identification. If you are casting someone else’s ballot, you must have a “Designated Agent Certification” form on file at the Elections Office. A copy of the form can be downloaded from www.vote.pa.gov

Secure Ballot Drop Boxes

Bethlehem City Hall Rotunda – 10 E. Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018 – City Hall is closed on Election Day, but the ballot drop-off box will be available in the Bethlehem Rotunda. 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Northampton County 911 Center – 100 Gracedale Ave. Nazareth, PA 18064 – open 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

· Social Services Building – 2801 Emrick Blvd. Bethlehem, PA 18020 – open 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Government Center Rotunda – 669 Washington Street, Easton, PA 18042 – open 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


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