Northampton County prepares to count thousands of mail-in ballots

Written by on October 28, 2021

Northampton County prepares to count thousands of mail-in ballots

By Hayden Mitman

October 28, 2021

Mail-in ballots are sorted and counted by workers on Election Day in Northampton County in this 2019 file photo. Photo | Matt Smith / For Spotlight PA

Northampton County is preparing to sort through thousands of mail-in ballots come Election Day next week. 

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Already more than 17,000 ballots have been received and more than 28,000 mail-in ballots were requested in Northampton County for the upcoming election.

And according to Becky Bartlett, deputy director of administration for the county, more than half have been turned in.

Since Oct. 4, voters have been able to deposit mail-in ballots in boxes at the Rotunda of the Government Center in Easton, the Human Services Building in Bethlehem, the Northampton County 911 Center in Nazareth or at Bethlehem City Hall.

Ballots can also be returned by mail. 

The deadline to request a mail-in ballot has passed, but voters have until the polls close at 8 p.m. on Election Day to return mail-in ballots. 

Bartlett said that the county doesn’t anticipate having any issues with counting mail-ins. After some problems in 2019, the county has spent about $100,000 on new scanners and high-speed letter openers to handle mail-ins. 

She said volunteers will begin counting votes when polls open for in-person voting at 7 a.m. on Election Day, Nov. 2.

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