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March 11, 2020

PA Election Reforms Allow Unrestricted Ballot Casting by Mail: Learn More

Comprehensive reforms designed to encourage greater participation in Pennsylvania elections are in place for the upcoming  re-scheduled Primary Election. Due to COVID-19 the Primary Election is now scheduled for June 2. Anyone not already registered to vote now has more time to do so. The deadline to register to vote for the 2020 Primary is now May 18, 2020. You may register online or in person at your county courthouse up to 15 days prior to an election.

For the first time, voters may choose to cast their ballots by mail for no reason other than convenience. The ballots will work similarly to absentee ballots, but voters need not be out of town or otherwise unavailable to vote in person to qualify for a mail-in ballot.

Mail-in or absentee ballots may be accessed  here.

The last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot is 5 p.m. the Tuesday before the election. The completed ballot must be received via mail, or dropped off in person at your county elections office, by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

The last day for county election boards to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots (submitted for delivery no later than 11:59 p.m.) is a week after the election.

Also under the new law, voters who have a permanent disability may ask to be placed on a permanent absentee voter list. Voters on this list will have an absentee ballot application mailed to them by the first Monday in February each year. If you complete and return the application, the county will send you ballots in the mail for all the elections that take place that year, as well as for any special election held through the third Monday in February of the next year.

For more information about the upcoming election, click here.

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