The Bureau of Elections supervises the conduction of elections in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. The office prepares machine ballots, programs voting machines, processes and issues absentee ballots, oversees district election workers, and maintains county and local candidate filings for elected offices. In addition the office also maintains records of county election results, campaign finance filings, polling places and district election workers.
Residents of Delaware County who seek to run for public office in their municipality may obtain petitions from the Bureau of Elections, Ground Floor, Government Center Building, Media, Pennsylvania. All state level petitions such as Governor or State Legislators are available from the Department of State, Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation, 210 N. Office Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120 or by telephone at 1-717-787-5280. For additional information on how to run for public office individuals may contact their party chairman/headquarters or consult the Pennsylvania Election Code.
The Bureau of Elections supervises the filing and record keeping of Campaign Expense Reports for various organizations, individuals making independent expenditures, candidates and those elected officials -who have registered a campaign committee or who file individual candidate reports. These reports are filed with the Bureau of Elections under the Campaign Expense Reporting Law at various times during the year. The Campaign Finance Reporting Law is complex and contains direction on who must file, when to file and how to file. For your review the Campaign Finance Reporting Law is listed in a PDF document below.
It is the Committee’s responsibility to comply with the Department of States filing schedule. Committee treasurer and or committee chairman must review the filing schedule for each period to determine if they are required to file a campaign finance report. Refer to the 2016 Campaign Finance Reporting Calendar
Absentee Ballot Applications for registered voters of Delaware County are available upon request (written or oral) at the Bureau of Elections. Absentee ballots are sent worldwide as needed for each election. State law provides that you may vote by absentee ballot if you are absent from the municipality of residence on Election Day. A separate application must be made for each election. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is the last Tuesday prior to Election Day. Extended office hours for voting in person by absentee ballot is Saturday prior to the last Tuesday (before the election) from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon.
Pennsylvania State law prohibits anyone other than the voter themselves from hand delivering their voted absentee ballot to the Delaware County Bureau of Elections, except for those with disabilities.
Polling places are open from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. in Delaware County on Election Day.