Offices will facilitate registration and use of mail-in ballots

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:

Region   Location  Address     Zip Code 
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:

Region   Location  Address     Zip Code 
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.

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