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Secretary of State Reminds Pennsylvanians to Make a Plan to Vote

10/19/2020

Harrisburg, Pa.  Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today reminded Pennsylvanians to make a plan now for how they are going to cast their ballot in the November 3 general election.

"Pennsylvanians have more secure and accessible voting options than ever before, and more ways to make a plan for how, where and when they will cast their ballot," said Secretary Boockvar. "No matter how you choose to vote, what is most important is that all eligible Pennsylvanians cast their vote on or before November 3."

To make your own voting plan, consider the following questions:


Voters planning to vote early in-person or by mail or absentee ballot must make sure that they enclose their ballot first in the white inner secrecy envelope and seal it, then insert the inner envelope into the outer pre-printed return envelope and sign and complete the voter's declaration on the outer  envelope. Voters must complete these two steps for their ballot to be counted.

Under Pennsylvania law, voters may only return their own ballots. The only exceptions to this are for voters with a disability who have designated someone in writing to deliver their ballot, or for voters who are hospitalized or need an emergency absentee ballot.

Voters who apply for and receive a mail ballot and then decide they want to vote at the polls must bring their entire unvoted mail ballot packet with them to be voided, including both envelopes.

If a voter applies for a mail ballot but does not return it and no longer has the mail ballot and envelopes, they may vote by provisional ballot at the polls on election day. Their county board of elections will then verify that they didn't vote by mail before counting their provisional ballot.

Voters who plan to vote in person at their polling place on election day should wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines. The Department of State is supplying counties with masks, face shields, hand sanitizer, floor marking tape and other supplies for polling places so Pennsylvanians can safely exercise their right to vote during the COVID-19 emergency.

For more information on voting and elections in Pennsylvania, call the Department of State's toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit votesPA.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:    Wanda Murren (717) 783-1621

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