PHILADELPHIA – City Commissioners today opened seven satellite election offices to provide Philadelphia voters with easier access to register to vote and to vote by mail. Ten more satellite offices will open in the coming weeks.
The offices will be open 7 days a week and will remain open through Election Day, November 3, 2020. Hours of operation for the satellite offices are 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The deadline to register to vote is October 19 and the deadline to request a mail-in or absentee ballot is October 27.
In addition to being able to register, voters may also request a mail-in ballot in-person, receive it, fill it out, and return it to cast their vote, all at the same location. Following comments by officials at today’s press conference, North Philadelphia resident Priscilla Bennett cast the first mail-in vote in Philadelphia for the 2020 General Election.
Voters can utilize any of these seven satellite offices throughout the city:
|1. Center City||
City Hall, Room 140
|1400 JFK Blvd.||19107|
|2. Far Northeast||George Washington High School||10175 Bustleton Ave.||19116|
|3. North||The Liacouras Center||1776 N Broad St.||19121|
|4. Northwest||Roxborough High School||6498 Ridge Ave.||19128|
|5. Southwest||Tilden Middle School||6601 Elmwood Ave.||19142|
|6. Upper North||Julia De Burgos Elementary||401 W Lehigh Ave.||19133|
|7. West||Overbrook Elementary School||2032 N 62nd St.||19151|
In addition, these 10 additional offices will open in the coming weeks:
|8. Center City||
Riverview Place, 1st Floor
|520 N Columbus Blvd.||19123|
|9. Far Northeast||Joseph H Brown School||3600 Stanwood St.||19136|
|10. Lower Northeast||Harding Middle School||2000 Wakeling St.||19124|
|11. Lower Northeast||J Hampton Moore School||6900 Summerdale Ave.||19111|
|12. Northwest||A.B. Day School||6324 Crittenden St.||19138|
|13. River||Mastbaum High School||3116 Frankford Ave.||19134|
|14. South||Creative and Performing Arts||901 S Broad St.||19147|
|15. Upper North||Feltonville Intermediate School||238 E Wyoming Ave.||19120|
|16. Upper North||Julia Ward Howe School||5800 N 13th St.||19141|
|17. West||Alain Locke School||4550 Haverford Ave.||19139|
Mayor Jim Kenney:
“In the midst of a pandemic, these satellite offices will help ensure that Philadelphians can access the resources they need to vote. This is particularly crucial for those who lack digital access, and who need to avoid longer trips because of health risks. I thank the Commissioners for their work in meeting this need with these offices.”
City Commissioner Lisa Deeley:
“This fall Philadelphians are excited – excited to cast their vote. We at the Commissioners’ Office are pleased to be able to offer Philadelphia voters several different, safe options on how they can exercise their right to be heard. You can vote at the polls on Election Day, November 3rd, you can vote through the mail, and starting today, you can vote in-person at one of our offices around the city, whichever is best for your personal voting plan.”
City Commissioner Omar Sabir:
“It is crucial that Black and Brown voters understand that they have purpose, and their opinion is significant for Government to work at an optimal level. I’m pleased that the satellite offices will make voting more accessible to all Philadelphians.”
Council President Darrell L. Clarke:
“It is essential that every registered voter in Philadelphia knows where they can cast or deliver their mail-in ballot prior to Election Day. These satellite voting centers are open and accessible to every Philadelphian who wants to use them. Our goal is to maximize turnout across every neighborhood in Philadelphia. Be sure to make a plan to vote – it’s critically important that your voice and vote are counted.”
Funding for the satellite offices will come from a $10 million grant from the nonpartisan, nonprofit Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL). The City Commissioners are also using this grant to provide additional pay for poll workers and extra cleaning for polling places. With the grant, the department has also purchased over $5 million worth of equipment to send and process mail-in ballots faster and count the votes both quickly and accurately.
Starting on October 6, 2020, voters will also be able to request a replacement for an already requested absentee or mail-in ballot at one of these offices.
More resources at philadelphiavotes.com.