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Voters can drop ballot at county or vote at office

October 16, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

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Those planning to deliver their mail-in ballot to the county Bureau of Elections or go to the bureau to get a ballot and vote on the spot may be confused about where and how to do so.

The county Elections Bureau is not in the county courthouse, but inside the Butler County Government Center behind the courthouse.

Some short-term metered parking is available on West Diamond Street in front of the government center and parking is free on Main Street.

A large parking lot behind Diamond Park offers multiple metered parking spaces.

Everyone entering the county government center is required to wear a mask.

Voters should enter the county government center through the revolving door between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and proceed through security, where deputies help visitors put their belongings through a scanner.

After passing through a metal detector, voters should gather their belongings and use the elevator on the right to access the building’s lower level by pressing the “LL” button.

After exiting the elevator, voters should turn right, go to the end of the hall, and turn left.

The elections bureau office is on the right.

Signs throughout the route help voters to go the right direction once inside the government center.

Blue tape on the floor outside the elections bureau office reminds voters to remain 6 feet apart.

Once inside the office, voters will approach one of two windows to talk to an employee at the elections bureau.

Those bringing their completed ballots inside their sealed security envelopes can simply hand the ballot to the elections worker, who will place it in a secure area.

Those without a mail-in ballot can ask for a ballot application, fill it out, present their identification and receive a ballot on the spot.

Four voting spaces at a table in the office allow voters to mark their ballots before placing them into the security envelope and returning them to the person at the window.

Residents also can register to vote at the elections bureau, but Monday is the final day Pennsylvania residents can register to vote, regardless of how they plan to vote.

An employee in the busy office on Friday said getting to the office first thing in the morning at 8:30 a.m. offers the best chance of a quick transaction.

All mail-in ballots must be dropped off or filled out at the elections bureau office by 5 p.m. Oct. 27.

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