Welcome to the County of Berks
Welcome to the Office of Election Services
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  • All Berks County Employees and anyone entering county buildings must wear a mask or they will be denied entrance.  County of Berks Offices are currently open only to individuals with appointments and to conduct essential business.  Essential business refers to those functions that cannot be postponed or conducted remotely.
  • If you have COVID-19 questions you may still email them to COVID@countyofberks.com.
     
NOTE:

Municipal Primary held on May 18, 2021
Polls open 7:00 a.m.
Closing at 8:00 p.m.


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. Berks County Services Center
      633 Court Street, Main Entrance Lobby off of Reed Street
      Reading, PA 19601
      MAP - Downtown Reading Map
      PICTURES OF DROP BOX - Berks Drop Box - Services Center
    2.  
    3. County of Berks Agricultural Center
      1238 County Welfare Road
      Leesport, PA 19533
     
    Drop Box Hours - Normal business hours (M - F)
    • Monday, May, 10 - 14, 2021 8 AM - 5 PM 
      • Services Center (Reading)
      • Agricultural Center (Bern Township)
    • Saturday, May 15, 2021 8 AM - 1 PM
      • Services Center
      • AG Center
    • Monday, May 17, 2021 8 AM - 8 PM
    • ELECTION DAY-Tuesday, May 18 8 AM - 8 PM
     
    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.
     
  • ​Municipal Primary, May 18, 2021

    May 11, 2021 - Last day before the primary election on which official applications for mail-in ballots may be received by the county board of elections, due at 5:00 p.m.

    May 11, 2021 - Last day before the primary election on which official applications for absentee ballots may be received by the county board of elections, due at 5:00 p.m.

     
    Candidates are entitled to one (1) free walking list the year they are running for office. Please use the following form to submit to elections@countyofberks.com or fax to 610.478.6218. We encourage you to provide your email address so our team can send you the walking list electronically. To ensure the most up to date information, please request your walking list no earlier than January 25th to be available within 5 business days.
     
    Please contact our office for further information – 610.478.6490
  • Elections How-To: Mail-in Ballot Annual Applications [VIDEO]

    Election Services sent out nearly 60,000 mail-in ballot annual applications in late January.

    This video offers a walk-through of who received them and how to fill it out. 

  • Election Board Meeting
    Commissioner's Board Room, 13th Floor
    633 Court, Street, Reading, PA 19601
     
    None scheduled at this time
     
  • 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.

    Click here for more information

  • Online 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

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 
 
2021 Primary SAMPLE Ballots
 
 
 
  
 
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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