Primary Election Day, May 16
This year's primary election asks registered Republicans and Democrats to make their party's respective picks for a number of candidates for municipal and county races, including Norristown Municipal Council, Montgomery County Commissioners, Norristown Area Board of School Directors and county row offices. County and state judge races are also on the ballot.
County Voter Services Offices
The county will be able to provide for you all of your voting needs. You may use these offices, including its main office at One Montgomery Plaza. This office is open M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Go to Montgomery County Voter Services website if you need other information. Any resident can visit an office location to register to vote or update their voter registration (by May 1), apply to vote by mail (by May 9), or receive their mail in ballot “on demand.” No appointments are needed. Voters can also return their mail-in or absentee ballot to a satellite office during operating hours. The Voter Services primary office at One Montgomery Plaza in Norristown can provide these services from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Sample ballots: You can find a sample ballot for your voting precinct on the county's website. These ballots are separated by party (Republican/Democratic/Nonpartisan). Please view them here: https://webapp02.montcopa.org/voterservices/sampleballots/
Electors this year have two options to vote: at their regular polling place, or by mail-in ballot.
Polling Places, open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Norristown has 12 voting precincts. Please see the following precinct list to know where your polling place is if you choose to vote in person. You can also verify your polling place at this link: https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx
VERIFIED AS OF APRIL 12, 2023
Precinct 1-1: Hancock Fire Company, 820 W. Airy St.
Precincts 1-2, 1-3, 2-1: Stewart Middle School, 1315 W. Marshall St.
Precincts 2-2, 2-3: Gotwals Elementary School, 1 E. Oak St.
Precincts 3-1, 3-3: Eisenhower Middle School, 1601 Markley St.
Precinct 3-2; Montgomery County- Norristown Public Library, 1001 Powell St.
Precinct 4-1: American Legion Post #0039, 500 E. Marshall St.
Precinct 4-2: Montgomery County Human Services, 1430 DeKalb St.
Precinct 4-3: Hancock Elementary School, 1520 Arch St.
Following a change in state law allowing for anyone to vote by mail, voters may apply for a mail-in ballot no later than 5 p.m. on May 9 (apply for a ballot here). Returning your mail-in ballot can happen in two ways.
Secure drop box- Mail-in ballots must be filled out and placed in the accompanying secrecy envelope, and then put into the official mailing envelope. Sign and date the voter declaration spot on the return envelope and you are finished! You may return your ballot, AND YOUR BALLOT ONLY, at the drop boxes. If you are dropping off a ballot for someone else, you must have an approved designated agent form from the county: the designated agent form can be found here. These ballots can be deposited at any county drop box until May 16 at 8 p.m. (NOTE: Drop box locations TBD as of April 13.)
By mail- Mail-in ballots must be filled out and placed in the accompanying secrecy envelope, and then put into the official mailing envelope. Sign and date the voter declaration spot on the return envelope and you are finished! Ballots sent in the mail must be received by the county by 8 p.m. on May 16 to be counted.
ALL MAIL-IN BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE COUNTY BY 8 P.M. ON MAY 16: POSTMARKS DO NOT COUNT!
Q: What is a "naked" ballot?
A: A "naked" ballot is one where the ballot was not sealed in the secrecy envelope AND placed in the return envelope before being returned by drop box or mail. Naked ballots will be rejected by the county board of elections! Ballots must be placed in the secrecy envelope, and the secrecy envelop must then be placed in the return envelope. The return envelope must be signed by the voter in the designated area.
Q: What if I applied for a ballot and did not receive it?
A: You can go to the voter services offices (One Montgomery Plaza, 425 Swede St. Suite 602) and they can cancel your old ballot, supply you with a new ballot that you can immediately fill out and return it at that site. If you cannot use this option, file a provisional ballot at your polling place on Election Day. Conversely, if you lost your mail-in ballot, you may file a provisional ballot at the polls.
Q: I received a mail-in ballot, but now I want to vote in person. What do I do?
A: DO NOT return your mail-in ballot by mail or drop box! Keep your ballot and all of its envelopes and bring that with you to your polling place on Election Day. A poll worker will void your mail-in ballot and you may then cast your vote at the poll. If you lost your mail-in ballot, you may file a provisional ballot at the polls.
Montgomery County Voter Services website
Montgomery County Voter Services phone number: 610-278-3280
Mail-in ballot status: votespa.com/mailballotstatus
Voter registration status and polling location: https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx