PAR Launches Vote-by-mail Outreach Campaign for 2020 Primary
Pennsylvania’s primary election has been delayed until Tuesday, June 2. For the first time, Pennsylvanians have the option for excuse-free, mail-in balloting. Thanks to a new state law, any registered voter can apply for a mail-in ballot to participate in our elections.
Voting by mail is safe, secure and simple – just follow these three steps.
You can verify that you are registered to vote through VotesPa.com. Click on the “Find Voter Registration Status form” and follow the prompts to ensure you’re registered.
Absolutely NOT. Polls will still be open across Pennsylvania on Tuesday, June 2. However, you should check with your county elections office to make sure there have been no chances to specific polling locations.
Is mail in voting safe?
Yes. Voting by mail is a safe and secure way to exercise your constitutional right while staying safe. Many other states have allowed people to vote by mail for nearly a decade. The Pennsylvania Department of State and county boards of the election have policies and processes in place to protect your ballot and provide for a safe and secure election. And, if you prefer to cast your vote in person on June 2, you can still physically visit the polling place. However, the Department of State is encouraging Pennsylvanians to check with their county elections office to ensure their polling place remains the same. Counties may be moving or consolidating polling locations due to COVID-19. All citizens are encouraged to wear a mask and follow proper social distancing guidelines while voting.
I’m trying to apply online and I’m receiving an error.
VotesPa.com also allows you to download a paper request form or request a paper application be mailed to you. You can also email or call the Department of State to request a paper application. Contact them at [email protected] or by calling 1-877-VOTESPA. You can also contact your county elections office to request a mail-in ballot application.
I applied for a mail-in ballot, but I haven’t received it yet. What do I do?
You can track your mail-in ballot through VotesPa.com. Click on the “Track your mail-in or absentee ballot” button and follow the prompts to track your ballot. You also may contact your county elections office.
I received my ballot in the mail and it’s incorrect. What do I do?
If you’re ballot is incorrect, contact your county elections office right away to correct the error. Please note that the Pennsylvania Department of State has stated that no registered voter will be able to submit multiple mail-in ballots and your county elections office will be able to provide you steps to receive a corrected ballot.
I made a mistake filling out my ballot. What do I do?
Do not cross out your selection or use white-out. Instead, contact your county elections office to report the error and request a new ballot.
Do I need to put a stamp on my mail-in ballot?
Yes, you will need to use a stamp to return your ballot to your county elections office. However, the United States Postal Service has a policy to still deliver mail-in ballots to elections offices without proper postage.
I forgot to mail my ballot. Can it still be counted?
Mail-in ballots need to be received by your county elections office no later than 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2. Postmarks do not count. If you’re unsure whether or not your ballot will make it to the office in time via mail, you also can hand-deliver your completed ballot to your county elections office by the deadline.