Delaware County Working to Adapt Voting Procedures for Upcoming Election

Voting at Nether Providence Elementary in Wallingford. Image via Charles Fox, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Delaware County is creating satellite election offices where voters could request and submit a mail ballot on the spot, offering a form of early in-person voting, writes Jonathan Lai for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Delaware County officials have already approved two government building sites, in Upper Darby and Media, and are likely to approve a third in Chester.

They also hope to create a portable office that can travel around Delaware County, to places like schools, libraries, and community centers.

“These mail-in voting centers allow us to reach a group of people who either won’t vote if they don’t feel safe going to a polling place because of the coronavirus or … they won’t vote because they’re uncomfortable voting by mail,” said Delaware County Councilmember Christine Reuther.

The Delaware County Daily TimesKathleen E. Carey is reporting that county council has approved $2 million to prep for the upcoming election and future elections.

The Delaware County Bureau of Elections and Voter Registration department would move to the Wharf at Rivertown in Chester, giving it the space it needs to handle the complexities of mail-in voting.

Read more about how counties in the Philadelphia region are preparing for the upcoming elections here.

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