Mail-in Balloting Guidance and New Primary Date
The following message has been shared from Kathy Boockvar, Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
June 2nd is the NEW date for Pennsylvania’s Primary
These are unprecedented times, and we hope you and your families are staying safe. We are writing with IMPORTANT news about recent changes to the primary election related to COVID-19. In order to protect the health and safety of all voters, poll workers, and election officials while ensuring access to voting, the PA primary election has been rescheduled to Tuesday, June 2. Also, new mail in ballot options are available to ALL Pennsylvania voters. You can also sign up to become a permanent mail-in or absentee ballot voter when you apply. Please also consider sharing this email with your friends, neighbors and co-workers to help spread the word!
Vote from the comfort and safety of your own home ALL Pennsylvania voters now have the option to vote by mail or absentee ballot without having to provide an excuse – for any reason or no reason at all. You can apply for mail-in ballots online, by mail, or in person, until one week before the election. For help or to be mailed an application directly, please call 1-877-VOTESPA.
For the 2020 primary, mail-in ballot applications and absentee ballot applications must be received by your county election office by 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 26. Applying online is very easy, quick and secure, and if you enter your email address, you will receive notifications as to the status of your application and ballot along the way. Once you receive your mail-in or absentee ballot, you have until 8 pm on election day, June 2, to deliver your completed ballot to your county election office. If you are mailing it back, do that as early as you can to ensure it is delivered by that time.
Voters who have already requested a mail-in or absentee ballot will receive their ballot for the rescheduled primary. There is no need to apply again if you have already done so and if your address remains the same. If your address has changed, please contact your county election office to provide your updated address.
Other deadlines Other important election-related deadlines will change along with the new primary date. The new deadline to update your voter registration is Monday, May 18. Please visit www.register.votespa.com to update your registration today.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these changes. The Department of State is committed to keeping voters informed every step of the way. To stay up-to-date with the latest and most accurate election information in Pennsylvania, visit votesPA.com.
June 2 – PA Primary Election
May 18 – Deadline to update your voter registration information
May 26 – Deadline to request a mail ballot