With only six days to go before election day arrives, state officials are reminding Pennsylvanians to exercise their right to vote, in whichever method they choose.
Some people have already cast their votes with the use of mail-in or absentee ballots, leading to a record number of votes being counted by mail.
“We are almost at two-million ballots returned statewide. Approximately 65% of the ballots have not only been returned but also entered into the system by the counties,” said Secretary of State, Kathy Boockvar. “At this point before the primary about 50% of the ballots have already been received and at this point, we have received 65%. Before the primary we received almost 700,000 ballots just in the last week alone,” she added.
If you haven’t gotten around to mailing out your ballot yet, officials are urging you not to go to the post office. Instead bring it to your local election office or secure ballot drop box.
“We want to urge everybody who has applied and received their mail ballot to really cast it now. Do not wait. We are really pleased with that 65% of voters have done so. Anyone who has a ballot in hand or is about to, we encourage you to return it. At this point we are not recommending that anyone put their ballots in the mail. Just drop it off in person,” said Boockvar.
For those who will be heading to the polls on November 3rd, 2020, safety precautions will be in place to protect voters and poll workers.
“Polling places will be safe and sanitary on election day. Department of State and PEMA have supplied counties with masks, face shields, sneeze guards, tape to mark for social distancing, disinfecting sprays and any other supplies to keep polling places safe,” said Boockvar.