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PA High Schools Compete in Voter Registration Challenge

09/22/2020
In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar reminded Pennsylvanians that the fourth annual Governor's Civic Engagement Award (GCEA) Program for high schools is underway. The program promotes student-led voter registration efforts and recognizes schools that register at least 65 percent of their eligible students.

Eagles, Steelers and Nittany Lions Carry the Ball for Mail-in Voting in New Ad

09/18/2020
The Philadelphia Eagles and 76ers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State Nittany Lions urge Pennsylvanians to vote in the Nov. 3 general election in a new video ad that is part of a collaboration among the teams and the Department of State to encourage civic engagement.

Thousands of Pennsylvanians Recruited to Serve as Poll Workers For General Election

09/16/2020
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today announced that since the primary election on June 2, more than 35,000 Pennsylvanians have signed up to be considered to serve as poll workers during the general election on November 3. In addition, the Secretary announced that for the first time, certain professional licensees will receive continuing education credits for serving as poll workers on election day.

Pennsylvania Department of State, Philadelphia County and Philadelphia 76ers Tip Off Partnership on Voting Initiatives

09/09/2020
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today announced a slam dunk collaboration among the Department of State, Philadelphia County and the Philadelphia 76ers that will boost voter participation and assist election administration for the November election.

Pennsylvanians Warned About Robocalls Spreading Disinformation and Seeking to Suppress Voting in November Election

09/08/2020
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar and Attorney General Josh Shapiro assured Pennsylvanians today that voting by mail-in ballot is safe and secure and that information about voters will not be shared, despite false claims made in recent robocalls.

Wolf Administration Encourages Pennsylvanians to Get Involved on National Poll Worker Recruitment Day

09/01/2020
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today encouraged all eligible Pennsylvanians to sign up to serve as poll workers in honor of National Poll Worker Recruitment Day.

Pennsylvania’s First Enhanced Statewide Election Audit Confirms Presidential Primary Outcome

08/26/2020
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar announced today Pennsylvania’s first statewide enhanced post-election audit overwhelmingly confirmed the outcome of both the Democratic and Republican Presidential Primary races.

Pennsylvania Announces Online Ballot Applications Available in Spanish

08/12/2020
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar announced today that the state’s online application for mail-in and absentee ballots is now available in Spanish.

Pensilvania anuncia que la solicitud en línea de la papeleta de voto por correo está disponible en español

08/12/2020
La Secretaria de Estado de Pensilvania, Kathy Boockvar, anunció hoy que la solicitud por internet de las papeletas de voto por correo y en ausencia del estado de Pensilvania ya están disponibles en español.

Pittsburgh Penguins Team Up with Pennsylvania Department of State and Allegheny County on Voting Initiatives

08/10/2020
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today announced a championship collaboration among the Department of State, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Allegheny County, in a spirited initiative to boost voter participation and assist election administration for the November election.

Pennsylvania Will Provide Postage-Paid Return Envelopes with Mail and Absentee Ballots

07/31/2020
Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar announced today that the Pennsylvania Department of State will provide funding for postage so all eligible voters can return their mail-in and absentee ballots at no cost to the voter for the 2020 general election.

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.
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