Important info about mail-in voting in Pennsylvania ahead of Election Day

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — With the midterm elections a week away, state and local election officials are urging people to cast absentee ballots as soon as possible.

The deadline for postal votes is 8:00 p.m. on election day. The primary begins at 7 a.m. on election day.

However, since Act 77 wasn’t passed until 2019, absentee voting is still relatively new to many Pennsylvania voters, and officials want to remind people of the important details to cast their votes properly.

This is also the first time Pennsylvanians will be able to cast a ballot-by-mail in a midterm election.

The deadline for applying for a postal vote has expired. Voters who did not apply in time will have to vote at the ballot box unless they have an emergency and require an emergency absentee ballot.

Those who have lost their ballot-by-mail records must contact their district electoral commission or they can provisionally vote at their polling station on election day.

You can only hand in your own ballot or mail it in, unless you have a specific exception – in which case you’ll need to contact your county electoral commission.

Lisa Deeley is the chair of the city commissioners and said they have 18 mailboxes across the city.

Additionally, they will have a few mobile units Sunday, including one at Lincoln Financial Field with the Eagles cheerleaders and Swoop.

Deeley said voters must follow instructions carefully when casting their absentee votes.

“You want to be sure you put your ballot in the blue non-disclosure envelope,” said Deeley, who guided Action News through the process.

“You want to put the non-disclosure envelope with your ballot in the declaration envelope, seal it, sign it, and date it,” Deeley said.

Late Tuesday, the Supreme Court ordered county election commissions to be separated and undated ballots that were returned not to be counted. In response, the Secretary of State’s office said individuals who believe they have made a mistake can contact their county electoral committee for advice.

Acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman held a news conference on Tuesday urging people to stay in touch with county election officials or call her office’s toll-free number 1-877-VOTESPA to combat election disinformation.

As of Tuesday noon, Chapman said 1,419,140 people had applied for absentee ballots and 918,975 had been returned nationwide so far. That’s a 65% response rate.

“More than 500,000 voters still have their mail-in ballots in their hands, and county polling stations need to receive those ballots by 8 p.m. Election Day,” Chapman said, urging people who received their ballots to turn them in as soon as possible .

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