In Pennsylvania, you can vote early until Oct. 27.
If you are concerned about making it to the polls on Election Day or have concerns about the mailing system, early voting is a great option.
Follow along Gabi Falk, The Brown and White’s news editor, as she votes early in Northampton County. Here’s what you need to know:
Step 1: Drive to Northampton County Courthouse
To vote early, you will have to drive about 20 minutes to the Northampton County Courthouse, located at 669 Washington St. in Easton. The courthouse is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
Step 2: Fill out an application for a mail-in ballot
You can fill out an application for a mail-in ballot on the spot. You do not need to give a reason for why you are requesting a mail-in ballot — all registered voters are eligible. Make sure you have identification present.
Step 3: Hand in your application for your mail-in ballot and wait for it to be processed
After filling out your application, hand it to an official and they will process it.
Step 4: Fill out your ballot
It will take about 10 minutes for your request to be processed. You will then be handed a ballot, which you can fill out on the spot. Make sure to follow all directions to ensure your ballot will be counted.
Step 5: Hand in your sealed ballot
After handing in your sealed ballot, you can watch it be stamped and you can receive an “I voted” sticker.
- If you already have your mail in-ballot, you can drop it off at the ballot return drop box in the courthouse lobby, or you can mail it back. Be sure to follow all instructions: Pennsylvania will not count so-called “naked ballots” in this election, so be sure your ballot is included with the “secrecy envelope” that came with your mail-in ballot.
- If you have already requested a mail-in ballot but you want to vote in person on Nov. 3, you can do so if you bring your ballot and envelope with you to your polling place.
- There are two ballot drop boxes located in Bethlehem, one at the Northampton County Human Services Building at 2801 Emrick Blvd. and another at Bethlehem City Hall located at 10 E. Church St.