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Walk It In, Drop It Off: What to Do If You Haven't Cast Your Mail Ballot

At this point, the best bet for people to make sure their vote is counted is to either walk it in or drop it off at a ballot drop box

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Hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots have not been returned with only days to go before Pennsylvania’s primary election – and it’s probably best to just forego the mail at this point.

Mail ballots must be received by county elections offices by 8 p.m. on election Tuesday. But at this point, the best bet for people to make sure their vote is counted is to either walk it in or drop it off at a ballot drop box, said Jonathan Marks, Pennsylvania’s Deputy Secretary for Elections and Commissions.

Some 910,000 people requested mail ballots for Tuesday’s election, Marks said. As of May 13, about 510,000 – around 56% – had been received by county elections offices, he said.

That number is expected to rise rapidly in the coming days, he noted, but it still means hundreds of thousands of mail ballots remain outstanding.

Check out how to fill out your mail ballot right here.

If you already received your mail ballot but haven’t put it in the mail yet, you should fill it out and take it to your county elections office or put it in a designated ballot drop box within the county where you’re registered to vote, Marks said. (Check out the map below to find a drop box near you).

However, if you haven’t received your ballot yet, you should call your county elections office and let them know, Marks said.

If that’s the case, there are still ways you can vote.

If you don’t receive your mail ballot at all, you can fill out a provisional ballot at your polling place, Marks said.

If you’re voting by mail in Pennsylvania, there are a few steps you need to make sure you complete to properly fill out your ballot. Here’s a step-by-step guide. Need to drop off your ballot? Here’s a list of ballot drop-off locations in Pennsylvania. Here’s a list of ballot drop-off locations in New Jersey.

There’s also a chance you receive your mail ballot right before Election Day. If that happens to you and you don’t want – or can’t – return it to your elections office or a ballot drop box, then you can bring it with you to your polling place on Election Day and a poll worker will take it and give you a traditional ballot, Marks said.

The bottom line is you still have options, so get your ballot in and make sure your vote counts.

For all the candidates, issues and important dates that voters should know about in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, go to NBC10's Decision 2022 page. You'll find tools to help you navigate the midterm elections, including when to vote and who will be on your ballots in the primaries and November general elections.

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