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October 2, 2020

Voters Guide: Go VOTE on Tuesday, November 3rd

Voters Guide: Go VOTE on Tuesday, November 3rd

Updated: October 20, 2020.

Election season is upon us.  This year will be different than any year prior, due to the ongoing pandemic.  Please see the information below for any questions you may have about the upcoming election, including how mail-in ballots work.

Have questions?  See below.  You can also call the Monroe County Elections and Voter Registration Office for more information.  570-517-3165.

Click Here for a copy of the 2020 General Election Voters Guide for Monroe County!

Click Here for the sample ballot for Middle Smithfield.

How do I get a Mail-in/Absentee Ballot?
Online or by mail:

  • Anyone can request a mail-in ballot.  You do not need a reason. 
  • The last day to request a ballot is October 27. Request your ballot as early as possible!
  • Go directly to the online application at www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/OnlineAbsenteeApplication/
  • Applications are also available for download and printing at www.monroecountypa.gov
  • Applications for mail in are being sent out by third parties, not the Monroe County Elections and Voter Registration Office.  The office has stated that the forms are acceptable.

How do I submit a Mail-in/Absentee Ballot?
By mail, or drop it off in person:

  • Your ballot must be received by (not mailed by) November 3.  Please mail your completed ballot at least five (5) business days before November 3.
  • You do not need to mail your ballot.  Drop off your ballot in person no later than November 3 at the Monroe County Elections and Voter Registration Office, or any of the following locations:

Monroe County Election & Voter Registration Office
Monroe County Administrative Building
One Quaker Plaza, Room 105
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
570-517-3165
www.monroecountypa.gov
Monday-Friday, 8:30 am- 5:00 pm

Western Monroe Public Library
131 Pilgrim Way
Broadheadsville, PA 18322
Mon, Wed, Thurs, 9 am-8 pm
Tues & Fri, 9 am- 5 pm
Sat, 9 am- 4 pm

Pocono Mountain Public Library
5500 Municipal Dr
Tobyhanna, PA 18466
Monday- Friday 9:30 am- 6 pm
Saturday 9:30 am- Noon

Eastern Monroe Public Library
1002 North 9th St
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
Mon- Wed 9 am-5 pm
Thurs 9 am- 7 pm
Fri & Sat 9 am- 5 pm
*This library is closed everyday from 1-2 pm for cleaning.

Clymer Library
115 Firehouse Lane
Pocono Pines, PA 18350
Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat 10 am- 5 pm
Tues & Thurs 10 am- 8 pm

Smithfield Township Building*
1155 Red Fox Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA 18302
Mon- Fri 8 am- 4:30 pm
*Since the Library of the Smithfields, serving Middle Smithfield Township and Smithfield Township, is not yet open, the dropbox has been located at the Smithfield Township building.

Where do I vote in person?

Click Here for a map of Voting Districts

If you live East of Route 402, you vote at the…

Middle Smithfield Evangelical Presbyterian Church
 502 Milford Rd (route 209), East Stroudsburg, Pa (right across from Echo Lake Park)

If you live West of Route 402, you vote at…

The Township Building (Schoonover Municipal Center)
147 Municipal Drive, East Stroudsburg, Pa (right across from Judy Putek Park, between Milford Road/Rte 209 and Lower Lake View)

Still not sure where to vote?

Visit www.pavoterservices.pa.gov and click Find Voter Registration Status, enter your information, and it will tell you where to vote.  It will also tell you whether you are registered or not!

Voting is by Mail-in/Absentee Ballot or in person ONLY.  You cannot vote online.

Important dates to remember:

  • October 19, 2020: Last day to register to vote before the 2020 election
  • October 27, 2020: Last day to apply for a mail-in/absentee ballot for the 2020 election
  • November 3, 2020: Election Day.  All voting locations are open 7am to 8pm.
  • November 3, 2020: Last day for your completed mail-in/absentee ballot to be received by voter services (either by mail-in or by dropping off at Voter Registration office or any of the dropbox locations listed above).  Ballots received after this date will not be counted.
  • November 10, 2020: Last day to receive Military and Overseas Absentee ballots

Am I registered to vote already?

Please check your registration status before October 19.  Visit www.pavoterservices.pa.gov and click Find Voter Registration Status, enter your information, and it will tell you your status.  It will also tell you where to vote in person!

You can now register online:

Just go to www.pavoterservices.pa.gov to check your voter registration status or register online. It’s quick and easy!

FAQs from Monroe County Election and Voter Registration Office

I applied for a mail-in/absentee ballot online and was sent an email saying it was a duplicate; does this mean I will not receive a ballot for the General Election in November? NO. This means you previously sent an application that was approved and the second application was a duplicate and therefore denied.

How do I cancel my mail-in/absentee ballot request? Send a letter to the office or email to smay-silfee@monroecountypa.gov with your name, address and birthdate requesting your request for a ballot be cancelled. 

How do I apply for a mail-in\absentee ballot? You can apply online with a valid PA Driver’s license or state issued ID at votespa.com, applications are available for download and printing at monroecountypa.gov

How can I return my voted ballot?  Ballots can be mailed using the US Postal Service (give 5-7 days for delivery) or ballots can be returned by the voter to the Monroe County Election and Voter Registration Office. 

Will Drop Boxes be used.  Yes.

How do I know if I already applied for a mail-in\absentee ballot? You can check your status at votespa.com

I am a registered (insert party here) do I have to vote for only (insert party here)? NO, in a November General Election you can vote for any candidate on the ballot.

Will polling locations be open on Election Day? Yes, all polling locations in Monroe County will open at 7AM on November 3rd and close 8PM same day.