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At the satellite offices, you’ll be able to register, request a ballot, fill it out and securely return it all in one visit.

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Danya Henninger / Billy Penn

Sep. 26, 2020, 9:25 a.m.

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Philadelphia’s election board is using a $10 million cash infusion to help make it easier and safer to vote in the 2020 general election, including setting up one-stop shops so people can securely cast their ballot early.

The $10M grant, awarded to the Office of the City Commissioners by the nonpartisan Center for Tech and Civic Life, is funding satellite offices, new sorting equipment to process votes more efficiently, a hazard pay bump for poll workers, and extra COVID-protocol cleaning for polling places on Nov. 3.

Drop boxes were used during the June 2020 Pa. primary, but satellite offices are new.

Expected to open at 15 locations across Philadelphia, the satellites will essentially be all-in-one voting centers, according to City Commissioner Chair Lisa Deeley. They’ll add to the two existing County Board of Election offices at City Hall and on Spring Garden Street, which will offer the same services.

Six satellites plus the City Hall office will open Tuesday, Sept. 29. The others will open in stages, as the City Commissioners work out staffing.

When you visit, you’ll be able to register, request a mail ballot, fill it out, seal it in the secrecy envelope, place that in the outer envelope and sign your name, and then return it — all in one trip. Voters can visit any of the locations; you don’t need to find the one nearest your home address.

Voters who already requested mail ballots can also use these satellite offices to drop off sealed ballots. If you applied earlier in the year and still haven’t received your mail ballot by Oct. 6, you can request a new one, in person, at the satellite offices. (Make sure to trash the other one if it does eventually arrive.)

They’re mostly located inside public schools, and will be open seven days a week, with hours of 11:30 a.m. Monday to Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Check the map and table below for address details. The larger green checkmarks represent the seven locations that will open first.

Location Address Open date (if known)
City Hall Room 140 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, 19107 Sept. 29
Riverview Place, 1st Floor 520 N Columbus Blvd, 19123
George Washington High School 10175 Bustleton Ave, 19116 Sept. 29
Joseph H. Brown School 3600 Stanwood St, 19136
Harding Middle School 2000 Wakeling Street, 19124
J Hampton Moore School 6900 Summerdale Ave, 19111
The Liacouras Center 1776 N Broad St, 19121 Sept. 29
A. B. Day School 6324 Crittenden St, 19138
Roxborough High School 6498 Ridge Ave, 19128 Sept. 29
Mastbaum High School 3116 Frankford Ave, 19134
Creative And Performing Arts 901 S Broad St, 19147
Tilden Middle School 6601 Elmwood Ave, 19142 Sept. 29
Feltonville Intermediate School 238 E Wyoming Ave, 19120
Julia De Burgos Elementary 401 W Lehigh Ave, 19133 Sept. 29
Julia Ward Howe School 5800 N 13Th St, 19141
Alain Locke School 4550 Haverford Ave, 19139
Overbrook Elementary School 2032 N 62Nd St, 19151 Sept. 29

About 270,000 Philadelphia voters have applied for mail-in ballots to date. The deadline for the city to them has been extended to 5 p.m. on Nov. 6, the Friday following Election Day, for any ballots sent through the mail on or before Nov. 3.

Important: In order for mail ballots to count, they must be enclosed in a the special secrecy envelope that fits within the regular envelope.

If you applied to vote by mail but decide you want to vote in person on Nov. 3 instead, you can bring your unmarked ballot to your designated polling place, hand it over to the poll worker, and then step into the voting booth. This option was codified in Act 12, the Pa. Legislature voting amendment from March that legalized no-excuse mail ballots, among other changes.

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