Posted September 30, 2020

The Liacouras Center is helping Philadelphians cast their ballots

Early voting for the 2020 General Election kicked off in Philadelphia at the Liacouras Center, which is serving as a satellite election office.

a voter casting a vote.
Photography By: 
Betsy Manning
The Liacouras Center is serving as a satellite election office for the 2020 General Election.

On Sept. 29,  North Philadelphia resident Priscilla Bennett cast the first mail-in vote in Philadelphia for the 2020 General Election at Temple’s Liacouras Center.

The Liacouras Center is one of seven satellite election offices opened by City Commissioners to help make voter registration and voting by mail easier for Philadephians. Ten more satellite offices are scheduled to open in the coming weeks. For their convenience, Philly residents may use any of the satellite locations throughout the city.

“In the midst of a pandemic, these satellite offices will help ensure that Philadelphians can access the resources they need to vote,” said Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kenney. “This is particularly crucial for those who lack digital access, and who need to avoid longer trips because of health risks.” 

The offices will operate seven days a week through Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020, and be open from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to being able to register at the satellite offices, voters can return a mail-in ballot they have already cast. Or, they can go to one of the offices to request a mail-in ballot in-person, receive it, fill it out, and return it to cast their vote—all in one trip.

“It is essential that every registered voter in Philadelphia knows where they can cast or deliver their mail-in ballot prior to Election Day,” said Council President Darrell L. Clarke. “These satellite voting centers are open and accessible to every Philadelphian who wants to use them. Our goal is to maximize turnout across every neighborhood in Philadelphia.” 

Funding for the satellite offices will come from a $10 million grant from the nonpartisan, nonprofit Center for Tech and Civic Life. The grant is also being used by the City Commissioners to support additional pay for poll workers and extra cleaning for polling places, as well as the purchase of more than $5 million worth of equipment to send and process mail-in ballots faster and count the votes both quickly and accurately.

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