Didn’t receive the newsletter in the mail? How You Can Still Vote Tuesday at the Pennsylvania Primaries – The Morning Call

If you applied to vote by mail and did not receive it, do not panic. You can still vote in the primary election in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

You have the right to go to your polling station.

Your name will be indicated in the voting book as received by mail. Explain that you did not receive it, and ask to vote on the previous ballot. It will be credited as soon as it is confirmed that your ballot has not been sent.

If you applied for a ballot by mail and received it too late to return it by mail, you have several options.

You can vote at your polling station by giving a blank ballot. If you cast your ballot without the ballot and both envelopes, you will be allowed to vote normally.

I will be using this option on Tuesday as my newsletter arrived only late last week. It is still standing on the kitchen table, not open.

If you go to the polls and forget to bring a ballot that did not vote, you can still vote, but in the previous ballot.

Survey workers need to be aware of these options. If they challenge you, point them to the rules posted on the Pennsylvania State Department website, here.

Do not leave without a vote. If necessary, resolve the issue by calling the district election office (Leahy, 610-782-3194; Northampton, 610-829-6260). The telephone numbers of all constituencies can be found at

You can also call the State Department Election Hotline at 1-877-VOTES-PA, where interpreters are available.

You can also return your ballot by mail to your district election office during normal business hours or to the ballot box before the polls close at 8pm on Tuesday.

Not all counties use ballot boxes for this election, however Leahy and Northampton are a few of them. Keep in mind that not all of them are open Tuesday night; some close earlier in the day.

Lehigh County:

  • District 1: Whitehall Township Building at 3219 MacArthur Road, Whitehall, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • District 2: Lighthouse County Lobby at 1053 Spruce Road, Allentown, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • District 3: Fountain Hill Building at 941 Long Street, Fountain Hill, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • District 4: Lehigh County Government Center at 17 S. 7th St., Allentown, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • District 5: Macungie Borough Building at Locust St., 21, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday

Northampton County:

  • District 1: Northampton Government Center Rotunda at 669 Washington Street, Easton, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • District 2: Social Services Building at 2801 Emrica Boulevard, Bethlehem, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • District 3: Northampton County Center 911 at 100 Gracedale Ave., Nazareth, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • District 4: Bethlehem City Hall at E. Church St., 10, Bethlehem, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday

Remember you can only return your own ballot to the ballot box or the election commission, unless you have “appointed agent” documents that allow you to return a ballot paper for a person with a disability.

Morning Call columnist Paul Musik can be reached at 610-820-6582 or

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