Welcome to the County of Berks
Welcome to the Office of Election Services

 

Goals & Objectives

It is the goal of this office to administer Voter Registration and conduct Elections in accordance with Federal and State voter registration and election laws. The office of Election Services maintains the accuracy of 260,000 registered voters for Berks County. Maintains boundary maps and descriptions for the 202 voting districts; locates accessible and suitable polling places; trains and processes payroll for 1200 polling place officials and processes candidate nomination petitions. It also prepares and packages various election materials required by polling officials; maintains, services and prepares approximately 500 electronic voting machines; processes Absentee, Alternative and Provisional Ballots; and certifies Official Election Returns. Lastly, it informs candidates, political party committees, the media and the general public of the voter registration and election process.

 

 Election Services Announcements

 
  • ​Drop Box Locations and hours

     

    1.   County of Berks, Services Center
    633 Court Street, Main Entrance Lobby off of Reed Street
    Reading, PA 19601
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    2.   County of Berks, Agricultural Center
    1238 County Welfare Road
    Leesport, PA 19533
     
     
    Drop Box Hours
    •  Monday, Oct. 19 - Wednesday, Oct. 21: 8 AM - 5 PM
    •  Thursday, Oct. 22 - Friday, Oct. 23: 8 AM - 7 PM
    • Saturday, Oct. 24: 8 AM - 12 PM
    • Sunday, Oct. 25: CLOSED
    • Monday, Oct. 26 - Wednesday, Oct. 28: 8 AM - 5 PM
    •  Thursday, Oct. 29 - Friday, Oct. 30: 8 AM - 7 PM
    • Saturday, Oct. 31 - Sunday, Nov. 1: CLOSED
    • Monday, Nov. 2: 8 AM - 5 PM
    • ELECTION DAY, Tue. November 3: 8AM - 8PM
     
    Voters Must Return Own Ballot
    A voter must return his or her own completed absentee or mail‐in ballot by 8:00 pm on Election Day to the county board of elections or other county‐designated drop‐off location. Under Pennsylvania law, voters may only return their own ballots. The only exceptions to this are for voters with a disability who have designated someone in writing to deliver their ballot, or for voters who are hospitalized or need an emergency absentee ballot. Designated Agents can drop off the ballot and Designated Agent Form at the Berks County Elections Office. Please contact our office if you have any questions at 610.478.6490.
  • Can I change my mind and vote in person?

    If a voter submits a voted ballot, they cannot vote at the polls on election day.

    If a voter applies for a mail-in or absentee ballot, but does not return it, they may vote by provisional ballot at the polls on election day. The County Board of Elections will then verify that they didn’t vote by mail before counting their provisional ballot. 

    Voters who apply for and receive a mail-in or absentee ballot and then decide they want to vote at the polls must bring their mail-in or absentee ballot and its declaration envelope to the judge of elections at their polling place to be voided. The voter will have to complete a declaration to surrender their ballot. After these steps, the voter will be permitted to sign the poll book and vote on the voting machine.
  • Early In-Person Voting

    Who can vote in-person before November 3rd? - Anyone who has not already applied for a mail-in or absentee ballot.

    Where can I vote early in-person? – The County of Berks Elections Office, located at 633 Court Street, Reading, PA 19601.

    In order to comply with CDC Guidelines, the County is requesting that voters practice social distancing. All appointment slots are filled and we are now accepting walk-in.

  • On-line Complaint Form

    • if you believe your rights have been violated,
    • if you have a complaint about how elections in Pennsylvania are conducted, or
    • are aware of any voter fraud, please use the online form to let us know about it.
  • Mask Requirement

    The public is required to wear a mask if they need to come into the Courthouse or they will not be permitted access

  • Mail-In Ballot

    Paper Mail-In Application (Must be printed, mailed or hand delivered to Courthouse)
     
     
     
  • New Voting System

    The Berks County Board of Elections would like to introduce the new voting system mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of State. The new Express Vote (Ballot Marking Device) and DS200 ballot scanner will be in all 202 precincts for the 2019 Election on November 5th and all future elections.
     
  • Election Board Meeting
    Election Board Meeting
    Commissioner's Board Room, 13th Floor
    633 Court, Street, Reading, PA  19601
     
    None scheduled at this time
     
     
  • Online Voter Registration
Contact Information
 
Address:
Berks County Election Services
Berks County Services Center
633 Court Street, 1st Floor 
Reading, PA  19601
 
Phone:   610-478-6490
Fax:   610-478-6218
 
 
Hours:  Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
 
 
Important Election Information 
 
2020 Election Calendar
 
 
  
 
Voting
  
  
 
Help Wanted:
Polling Locations
  
Pollworkers needed in City and County Polling locations (please see documents below). If you are interested, please email or call the Board of Elections at 610-478-6490.
 
 
  
  
 
(Help America Vote Act - 2002)
 
 
 
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