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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.

Secretary of State Urges Voters to Know Their Rights at the Polls

10/22/2019
Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today encouraged Pennsylvania voters to educate themselves about their rights before they go to the polls on November 5.

Pennsylvania to Pilot Cutting-edge Election Security Measure

10/16/2019
The Department of State, along with election officials in Mercer County and Philadelphia, are preparing a November post-election pilot of a cutting-edge security measure, the risk-limiting audit.

Department of State Launches Online Guide to Help Workers Applying for Professional Licenses

10/15/2019
Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar announced an innovative new license processing guide to help Pennsylvanians know what to expect when applying for a professional license. Guides for Cosmetology, Nursing, and Osteopathic Medicine licenses are online. Additional guides for other boards and licensure types will be added over the coming months.

Pennsylvania Urges Voters to Request Absentee Ballots Early

10/09/2019
Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today encouraged Pennsylvanians to submit requests for absentee ballots well before the October 29 deadline.

Voter Registration Deadline for November Election Is Oct. 7

10/02/2019
Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today reminded Pennsylvanians they have one week left to register to vote in the Nov. 5 municipal election. She encouraged citizens to take advantage of quick and convenient online voter registration (OVR).

PA Secretary of State Testifies on Election Security Before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee

09/27/2019
Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar called on the federal government to provide more funding to states and counties for election security during testimony today before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary. 

Secretary of State Marks National Voter Registration Day with Roundtable Discussion on Voting at Carlisle High School

09/24/2019
Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar celebrated National Voter Registration Day today by participating in a voter registration event and roundtable discussion with students at Carlisle High School.

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

09/12/2019
Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar presented the Lehigh County Commissioners with a $380,868 check today to help pay for the county’s new voting system.
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