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Secretary of State: Disaster Declaration Helps Pennsylvanians Get Needed Services During COVID-19

06/19/2020
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar outlined today the benefits to Pennsylvanians of the governor’s disaster declaration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

High School Civic Engagement Award Program Sees Significant Growth in 2020

06/16/2020
The Pennsylvania Departments of State and Education announced today that 42 high schools in the commonwealth won Governor’s Civic Engagement Awards (GCEA) for registering to vote 4,035 eligible students in the 2019-20 school year. Nearly 160 schools participated in the program.

Secretary of State Reports Smooth Election Amid Historic Circumstances

06/02/2020
An hour after polling places closed, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar reported that today’s primary election in Pennsylvania ran remarkably smoothly despite unprecedented challenges in the weeks and months before the voting.

Department of State Reminds Voters in Counties Affected by Executive Order to Mail Ballot Today

06/02/2020
The Department of State is reminding absentee and mail-in voters in Allegheny, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties that their ballots must be postmarked by today and received by mail at their county election office by 5 p.m. on June 9 to be counted. Voters in these counties may also deliver their ballots to county election offices or to designated ballot collection sites by 8 p.m. today.

Secretary of State Boockvar Offers Important Reminders About Voting in Tuesday’s Primary

05/29/2020
Harrisburg, PA – Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today reminded Pennsylvania voters of Tuesday’s absentee and mail-in ballot voting deadline and urged those planning to vote at the polls to follow recommended precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

One-Stop Voter Registration Information at VotesPA.com

05/26/2020
In preparation for Pennsylvania’s presidential primary election on June 2, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar reminds Pennsylvanians they can find comprehensive voting information at votesPA.com.

Deadline to Register to Vote in Primary Election Approaches

05/16/2020
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today reminded all eligible Pennsylvanians to register to vote by the May 18 deadline so they can participate in the June 2 primary election.

PA Primary Voters Can Vote by Mail-In Ballot or In-Person at Polling Places in All Counties on June 2

05/09/2020
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar reminded voters today that they have their choice of voting by mail-in ballot or going to their polling place on June 2, primary election day. While in person voting will be available for counties in the red phase of reopening, the Wolf administration is encouraging all voters to apply for a mail-in ballot.

Pennsylvania Issues 30 Licensing Waivers Allowing Professionals to Respond to COVID-19 Emergency

04/09/2020
The Pennsylvania Department of State announced today that it has issued 30 licensing waivers since March 17 to allow licensed professionals, facilities and trainees to respond to the COVID-19 disaster declaration.

Pennsylvania Extends License Renewal Deadlines for Nurses and Others During Coronavirus Emergency

03/27/2020
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department of State is giving nurses, graduate medical trainees, nursing home administrators and other professionals more time to renew their occupational licenses.

Pennsylvania to Allow Retired Health Care Professionals to Bolster COVID-19 Response

03/25/2020
Pennsylvania is acting to enable retired health care professionals to assist with the COVID-19 response by waiving certain licensing regulations.

Pennsylvania Expands Access to Pharmacy Services

03/22/2020
The Wolf administration is removing barriers for pharmacies to provide services for Pennsylvanians in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Governor Wolf has granted a request from the Pennsylvania Department of State to suspend certain pharmacy regulations to enable more flexible and available services during the coronavirus emergency.

Pennsylvania Waives Some Nurse Licensing Requirements to Aid Coronavirus Response

03/21/2020
The Department of State has waived certain administrative requirements for nurses, including temporarily extending license expiration dates and waiving associated fees during the coronavirus emergency.

Licensed Health Care Practitioners Can Provide Telemedicine Services to Pennsylvanians During Coronavirus Emergency

03/18/2020
Health care professionals licensed under any of the Department of State’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) licensing boards can provide services to patients via telemedicine during the coronavirus emergency.

Secretary of State Reminds Voters of New Mail-in Voting Options Amid Coronavirus Concerns

03/12/2020
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today reminded voters that if they have concerns about coronavirus and wish not to vote in their polling place during the April 28 primary election, they can instead request a mail-in ballot, the commonwealth’s new voting option that allows voters to vote by mail without having to provide a reason.

Deadline Nears for High Schools to Register for Governor’s Civic Engagement Award

03/03/2020
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today reminded Pennsylvania high school students that there is still time to participate in the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award (GCEA) program.

Department of State Launches Campus Voting Challenge

02/25/2020
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar unveiled today the Pennsylvania Campus Voting Challenge, a statewide, nonpartisan voter turnout competition for colleges designed to increase civic engagement among students.

Pennsylvania Launches Webpages to Educate Voters on County Voting Systems

02/24/2020
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar announced today that Pennsylvania voters have a new resource to count on as they prepare to go to the polls. The Department of State has launched 67 new webpages – one for each county – where voters can learn specifics about their county’s voting system and how to use it.

Pennsylvania Launches Application for New Mail-In Voting Option

02/12/2020
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar announced today that Pennsylvania voters can now apply online to vote by mail-in ballot for the April 28 primary. The deadline for county election offices to receive applications is 5 p.m. on April 21.

High Schools Can Still Enroll in Voter Registration Program

01/22/2020
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today reminded Pennsylvania high school students they still have time to participate in the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award (GCEA) program by registering their eligible peers to vote in the April 28 primary.

Department of State Asks Veterans to Complete Survey on Transition to Civilian Employment

11/26/2019
The Department of State (DOS) has launched a Veterans’ Licensure Survey as part of a broader three-year study the department is conducting with St. Francis University’s Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (KCSOR).

Secretary of State Discusses Voting Systems, Election Reforms with County Officials

11/26/2019
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar congratulated county officials on the great progress made in the transition to new voting systems and updated them on the funding available and election reforms being implemented under newly passed Act 77, in an address today at the annual County Commissioners Association of PA (CCAP) fall conference in Hershey.

Pennsylvania Completes Pilot Post-Election Audits Using Cutting-Edge Security Measure

11/22/2019
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar announced today that pilot enhanced post-election audits performed this week in Mercer County and Philadelphia provided valuable insight into how these audits can confirm the outcome of elections in Pennsylvania.

Acting Secretary of State: Superior Court Candidate Waives Right to Recount

11/13/2019
Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar reported today that candidate Amanda Green-Hawkins, third-place finisher in the Nov. 5 race for two open seats on the Superior Court, has waived her right to a recount.

Acting Secretary of State Issues Election Day Report

11/05/2019
Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar reported that today’s municipal election saw no widespread problems as 67 percent of Pennsylvania’s counties deployed new voting systems that are more secure, accessible and auditable.

Pennsylvania and Federal Officials Are Closely Monitoring Election Day Cybersecurity

11/05/2019
Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and Christopher C. Krebs, director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), assured Pennsylvanians that a sophisticated network of federal, state and local partnerships is safeguarding today’s municipal election.

Department of State’s Election Returns Website Offers First Look at Pennsylvania’s Vote Count

11/04/2019
Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today reminded Pennsylvanians that the Department of State’s election night returns website will offer up-to-the-minute statewide results on Tuesday night.

VotesPA.com Provides Comprehensive Voting Information for Nov. 5 Election

10/29/2019
In preparation for the upcoming municipal election, Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar suggests Pennsylvanians visit votesPA.com,  where they can confirm their registration status, verify their voting district, locate their polling place and find much more information.

Secretary of State Presents Northampton County Commissioners with Funding for New Voting System

10/24/2019
Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar presented the Northampton County Commissioners with a $341,970 check today to help pay for the county’s new voting system.
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