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Group Reminds Pennsylvanians of Mail-In-Ballot Deadline Ahead of Primary

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Thursday, May 4, 2023   

With fewer than two weeks until the municipal primary election, Pennsylvanians planning to vote by mail ballot will need to apply online or in person before the deadline.

More than 683,000 Pennsylvanians have applied for mail ballots, and more than 63,000 people applied for an absentee ballot to vote in the primary, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.

Meghan Pierce - executive director of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania - said to vote by mail, you have to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot by 5 p.m. next Tuesday.

She added that when voting by mail, it's best to request your ballot as soon as possible to avoid any delays.

"And you can apply for that via your county election board," said Pierce. "And then in order to have your mail ballot be counted, your ballot must be received by your county election office by May 16, 2023, at 8 p.m. - so, that's Election Day. Postmarks are not enough. So they have to be in the hands of your county election office by election day."

Pierce said Pennsylvania voters can also drop off their ballot at a drop box.

She pointed out that under current Pennsylvania law, voters must return their own ballots. The only exception is for voters with a disability who have designated someone in writing to deliver their ballot.

She recommended visiting the League's website Vote411.org as a one-stop shop for election information.

Rochelle Kaplan - voter services director with the League of Women Voters Pennsylvania - said when voters receive their ballot it will come in an official outer envelope with the ballot inside, along with a secrecy envelope and a declaration or mailer envelope.

She added that it's critical voters read the instructions carefully and pay attention to all the envelope's correspondents.

"After the person receives their ballot, they're going to sit down and make their selections," said Kaplan. "Then they must put that ballot first in the secrecy or privacy envelope, seal that envelope, then that packet goes into the declaration envelope or the mailer envelope."

Kaplan said voters must sign and write the current date on the voter's declaration on the outer envelope.

She added that if the declaration envelope does not have the signature and date, it could be set aside, and the vote may not be counted.

Support for this reporting was provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.




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